1881 Census of Canada: Nominal Search

 

Click on this button to perform the query of the census database.
Click on this button to obtain a display of the top level statistics on the transcription effort on this census.
This is a selection list of provinces which are covered by the census. Select one of the provinces if you wish to restrict the search to a specific province. The default is to search all provinces.
This is a selection list of all enumeration districts. In pre-confederation censuses each of these is a county. In post-confederation censuses each of these is a federal election district or riding. The contents of this list reflects the choice of province. You can select one or more enumeration districts.
Use this field to control the maximum number of responses to display at a time.
If you have selected one or more enumeration districts then this selection list permits you to further restrict the search to a specific sub-district within the selected districts. A sub-district is generally a town, village, township, or a ward of a city.
If you have selected a sub-district then this selection list permits you to further restrict the search to a specific enumeration division within the sub-district. There are multiple enumeration divisions within a sub-district if the number of residents required assigning multiple enumerators.
You can limit the search to a individuals matching a specific page number. This normally only makes sense if you have selected a specific district, subdistrict, and division.

Specify one or more given names to match. Individuals who match any of the specified names are included. For example if you seach for "John William" the result will include individuals who have either "John" or "William" as one of their given names. If the value is simple text then it is used to match given names that start with that text. For example "Jo" will match individuals who have a given name starting with "Jo" such as "John" or "Joanna".

A search value may alternatively be a regular expression which permits a more complicated match. For example "^M.*l" matches given names that start with an "M" and contain an "l" anywhere. This would include "Michael", or "Millie". The pattern "^R.*[td]$" matches given names that start with "R" and end with a "t" or a "d", such as "Robert" or "Richard".

The interpretation of this input field depends upon whether the SOUNDEX option has been selected.

If SOUNDEX has not been chosen then the value is interpreted as a complete surname and the search is performed using the search pattern defined for the surname in the table of surnames that can be reached from the nominal index search panel. For example the surname "Smith" has a regular expression pattern of "^sm[eiy]*th?e?$" which means that it matches against any surname that starts with "Sm", followed by zero or more front vowels followed by "t", optionally followed by an "h" and optionally ending with an "e". That is the search will not only match against "Smith" but also "Smythe" and "Smet". If the surname does not have a pattern specified then the surname must match exactly except for case.

If SOUNDEX has been specified then a loose search is made using the sound matching algorithm originally invented by AT&T for its directory assistance service and also commonly used by law enforcement for example for checking driver's licenses. In this case you can enter either a literal soundex code, consisting of a letter followed by three digitis, or more commonly a surname which is used to generate a SOUNDEX code for the search.

Selecting this option changes the way that the value in the Surname field is interpreted.
Select an option to restrict the search to individuals with a particular sex.
Select an option to restrict the search to individuals with a particular marital status.
Enter a value to restrict the search to individuals with a particular occupation. The supplied value is used to search each occupation field. For example a search for "Farm" will return individuals whose occupation includes the text "Farm" such as "Farmer", "Farm Laborer", "retired Farmer", or "Farm Manager".
Enter a value to restrict the search to individuals with a particular birthplace. The supplied value is used to search each birthplace field. For example a search for "England" will will return individuals who birth place includes the text "England" including "Yorkshire England".
Enter a value to restrict the search to individuals with a particular religion. The supplied value is used to search each religion field. For example a search for "Methodist" will return individuals whose religion includes the text "Methodist" including "Wesleyan Methodist" and "Methodist Episcopal".
Enter a year number to restrict the search to individuals born about a specific year. The range on either side of the specified year is controlled by the Range field.
Enter a number between 1 and 20 to control how loose the match on birth year is. The default is 2 years either side of the value specified in the "Birth Year" field.