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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Finding out what F stands for in 1851 Canadian Census

Brenda asked:
What does "F" stand for in the 1851 Canada census? Someone told me it meant my ancestors were French. I am pretty sure they were from Ontario and were not French, so I'm confused!
Olive Tree Answer: Brenda, it can be very confusing when you don't know what symbols or abbreviations represent. So it's always a good idea to try to find out. If you go to you will find lists of questions and instructions for enumerators, for the varous Canadian census records.

Enumerator instructions for 1851 census included the following

In Canada East and West every person who sojourned in the house on the night of Sunday, 11 January 1851, as well as individuals who usually lived at the house, but were absent on that night, were to be enumerated. The following questions were asked by enumerators:

Birthplace (Those born of Canadian parents were denoted with an F)

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