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QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE 1842 CENSUS

(ONLY THE NAMES OF HEADS OF FAMILIES ARE LISTED)

In 1842 parts of Ontario had no European population or so few that it was not practical to take a census. Not all returns have survived. What is extant is usually readable. Be careful and keep track of the page numbers. The form is six pages long and it is easy to record the details on the last five pages from another first page.

HOUSING
PERSONAL
AGE
INFIRMATIES
RELIGION
MISCELLANEOUS PERSONAL
LAND
PRODUCE
LIVE STOCK
SCHOOLING
INDUSTRIAL


HOUSING

Number of Concession (These were written in)
Number of Lot ( by some enumerators)

1. Houses Inhabited
2. Houses Vacant
3. Houses Building

PERSONAL

4. Name of the head of each family
5. Proprietor of Real Property
6. Non-proprietor of Real Property
7. Tenant Entitled to Vote at any Election in City,Town etc.
8. TRADE or PROFESSION
9. Total number of Inmates of each family, Male & Female, not resident
10. Number of persons belonging to the family, Male & Female, now tempororarily absent
11. Number of natives of England belonging to each family
12. Number of natives of Ireland belonging to each family
13. Number of natives of Scotland belonging to each family
14. Number of natives of Canada of French origin
15. Number of natives of Canada of British origin
16. Number of natives of the Continent of Europe, or otherwise, specifying the same separtately
17. Number of natives of United States of America
18. Number of years each person has been in the Province when not natives thereof
19. Number of Aliens not naturalized

AGE

Number of persons in the family:

20. Five years of age & under - Male
21. Five years of age & under - Female
22. Above five & under fourteen years of age - Male
23. Above five & under fourteen years of age - Female
24. Males - 14 & under 18 - Married
25. Males - 14 & under 18 - Single
26. Males - 18 & not 21 - Married
27. Males - 18 & not 21 - Single
28. Males - 21 & not 30 - Married
29. Males - 21 & not 30 - Single
30. Males - 30 & not 60 - Married
31. Males - 30 & not 60 - Single
32. Males - 60 & upwards - Married
33. Males - 60 & upwards - Single
34. Females - 14 & not 45 - Married
35. Females - 14 & not 45 - Single
36. Females - 45 & upwards - Married
37. Females - 45 & upwards - Single

INFIRMATIES

38. Number of Deaf & Dumb persons in each family, and the occupation for which they shew the greatest aptitude - Male
39. as above - Female
40. Number of Blind persons in each family - Male
41. Number of Blind persons in each family - Female
42. Number of Idiots in each family - Male
43. Number of in each family - Female
44. Number of Lunatics in each family - Male
45. Number of in each family - Female

RELIGION

Number of persons in each family belonging to the:

46. Church of England
47. Church of Scotland
48. Church of Rome
49. Number of British Wesleyans Methodists in each family
50. Number of Canadian Wesleyans Methodists in each family
51. Number of Episcopal Methodists Methodists in each family
52. Number of other Methodists in each family
53. Number of Presbyterians not in connection with the Church of Scotland in each family
54. Number of Congregationalists or Independants in each family
55. Number of Baptists and Anabaptists in each family
56. Number of Lutherans in each family
57. Number of Quackers in each family
58. Number of Moravians and Tunkers in each family
59. Number of Dutch Reform Church in each family
60. Number of Jews in each family
61. Number of persons of all other Religious Denominations not herein enumerated in each family

MISCELLANEOUS PERSONAL

62. Number of male coloured persons in each family
63. Number of female coloured persons in each family
64. Number of male farm servants employed in each family
65. Number of other male servants in private families
66. Number of other female servants in private families
67. Number of persons engaged in trade or commerce
68. Number of persons in each family subsisting on alms or paupers

LAND

69. Number of acres or arpents of land occupied by each family
70. Number of acres or arpents of improved land occupied by each family

PRODUCE

Produce raised by each family during the year, and estimated in Winchester bushels:

71. Wheat
72. Barley
73. Rye
74. Oats
75. Peas
76. Indian corn
77. Buckwheat
78. Potatoes
79. Numbers of Hives of Bees kept by each family last season
80. Number of Pounds of Maple Sugar made by each family last season

LIVE STOCK

Live stock owned by each family:

81. Neat cattle
82. Horses
83. Sheep
84. Hogs
85. Number of yards of Fulled Cloth manufactured in the domestic way in each family
86. Number of yards of Linen, Cotton, or other thin Cloth, manufactured in the domestic way in the same family
87. Number of Flannel or other Woolen Cloth, not Fulled, manufactured in the domestic way in the same family
88. Number of Pounds of Wool procured during the last year in each family
89. Under what tenure such land is held by each family
90. Rate of Seignorial Rent paid for land held 'titre de cens'
91. Average money rent of farm, farmed by each family
92. Proportion of produce allowed to the Proprietor for land held on lease or cultivated on shares by each family

SCHOOLING

93. Number Colleges, Academies and Convents, in each Parish, Township, extra-parochial place, Ward or Division of the Town, etc.
94. Number of Elementary Schools in each place
95. Number of Scholars at each such College, Academy, Convent or Elementary School - Male
96. Number of Scholars at each such College, Academy, Convent or Elementary School - Female

INDUSTRAL

97. Number of Taverns or Houses of Public Entertainment in every such place
98. Number of Stores where Spiritous Liquors are sold in every such place
99. Number of Grist Mills in every such place
100. Number of Pairs of Mill Stones used in every such Mill
101. Number of Oatmeal Mills in every such place
102. Number of Barley Mills in every such place
103. Number of Saw Mills in every such place
104. Number of Oil Mills in every such place
105. Number of Fulling Mills in every such place
106. Number of Carding Mills in every such place
107. Number of Thrashing Mills in every such place
108. Number of Paper Mills in every such place
109. Number of Iron Works in every such place
110. Number of Trip Hammers in every such place
111. Number of Nail Factories in every such place
112. The weight of Nails so manufactured in such place
113. Number of Distilleries in every such place
114. Number of Breweries in every such place
115. Number of Tanneries in every such place
116. Number of Pot & Pearl Ash Manufactories in every such place
117. Number of Manufactories of any other sort in every such place, containing any Machinery moved by Wind, Water, Steam or Animal power, specifing the purposes to which such Machinery is applied, and by what power it is moved
118. Average price of wheat in every such place since last harvest
119. Average price of Agricultural Labour per day throughout the year
120. ADDITIONAL INQUIRY, with reference to the distriburion of school Money - Number of Children between 5 and 16 in each family


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