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Article Published 09 January 2010


1916 Canadian Census Column Headings
By: Xenia Stanford Biography & Archived Articles


One of the ways to find the country of origin and year of immigration for your ancestors is through census records. It is often difficult to read the headings on the microfilm.

There are websites that list census column headings for some years of some countries. For example, most forms for other Canadian census records can be found on the Ancestry.com web site.

Headings for most Canadian and British Isles census forms also can be found in an earlier Gordon Watts article.

But nowhere could I find a list of the 1916 headings. So I have compiled one for you.
  • Columns 1916 Census
  • Columns 1 & 2: House and Family Number (in order of recording)
  • Column 3: Name
  • Column 4: Military Service
  • Columns: 5, 6 and 7: Township, Range, Meridian (for rural areas; for cities these were struck out and House number/address was written in the heading)
  • Column 8: Municipality (but in the case of a family in Edmonton, that was struck out and Street was written in as header)
  • Column 9: Relationship (to head of household)
  • Column 10: Sex
  • Column 11: Marital Status (first initial from one of the following: Single, Married, Widowed, Divorced or Legally Separated)
  • Column 12: Age at Last Birthday
  • Column 13: Country or Place of Birth; if Canada, Specify Province or Territory
  • Column 14: Religion
  • Column 15: Year of Immigration to Canada
  • Column 16: Year of Naturalization
  • Column 17: Nationality
  • Column 18: Racial or Tribal Origin
  • Column 19: Can Speak English
  • Column 20: Can Speak French
  • Column 21: Other Languages Spoken as Mother Tongue
  • Column 22: Can Read
  • Column 23: Can Write
  • Column 24: Chief Occupation or Trade
  • Column 25: Employer = E, Employee = W, Working on own account = O.A.
  • Column 26: State Where Person is Employed, "on farm" etc.
Click here to find headings and forms for U.S. Censuses .

Soon, someone will create a blank form with headings for the 1916 census. The benefit of the forms over just the headings is that the form allows you to write in the information in a more legible format for distribution to your family. Keep the original on hand to settle any disputes.

[Global Gazette editor: If a volunteer builds a form to record transcriptions from the 1916 Canadian Census, we would be happy to attach it to this article, or to an article by you]



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