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1871 | 1881 | 1891 | 1901 

Prior to Confederation in 1867, census records listed heads of households, number and sex of family members and occupation of the head of household. AHS holds typescript copies of the following censuses:

  • Port-Royal (1671)
  • Nova Scotia (1770–1787)
  • Supplement to Nova Scotia Census, Assessment, Tax grantees, Tenants (1765–1789)
  • Nova Scotia (1827)
  • Nova Scotia (1838) (Annapolis and Digby Counties)
  • Nova Scotia (1861) (Annapolis and Digby Counties)

Following Confederation, the first Canadian federal census took place in 1871 and was held thereafter every ten years. AHS has microfilm copies of the four federal censuses between 1871 and 1901 for Annapolis and Digby Counties. These record details such as the names and ages of each individual in a dwelling and their occupation and relationship to each other. The 1901 Census also records a date of birth for each person.

1871 Census

  • Annapolis Royal (including present-day Lequille)
  • Belleisle (including present-day Young’s Cove)
  • Bridgetown
  • Broad Cove (present-day Karsdale, Port Wade and Victoria Beach)
  • Carleton Corner
  • Clarence
  • Clementsport
  • Dalhousie
  • Hessian Line (present-day Clementsvale)
  • Hillsburg (present-day Bear River)
  • Lawrencetown Lane
  • Maitland
  • Middleton Corner
  • Morse Road
  • New Caledonia (present-day Granville Ferry and Granville Beach and including Parker’s Cove,
  • Hillsburn and Litchfield)
  • Nictaux
  • Wilmot

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1881 Census

  • Annapolis Royal (including present-day Lequille)
  • Belleisle (including Young’s Cove)
  • Bridgetown
  • Broad Cove (present-day Karsdale, Port Wade and Victoria Beach)
  • Carleton Corner
  • Clarence
  • Clementsport
  • Dalhousie
  • Hessian Line (present-day Clementsvale)
  • Hillsburg (present-day Bear River)
  • Maitland
  • Middleton
  • Middleton Corner
  • Morse Road
  • New Caledonia (present-day Granville Ferry and Granville Beach and including Parker’s Cove,
  • Hillsburn, and Litchfield)
  • Nictaux
  • Wilmot

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1891 Census

  • Annapolis Royal
  • Bear River
  • Belleisle
  • Bridgetown
  • Broad Cove
  • Carleton Corner
  • Clarence
  • Clementsport
  • Clementsvale
  • Clements West
  • Dalhousie
  • Granville Ferry
  • Hampton
  • Lawrencetown Lane
  • Lequille
  • Lower Granville (as per Broad Cove in 1871 and 1881)
  • Maitland
  • Margaretsville
  • Meadowvale
  • Melvern Square
  • Middleton
  • Milford/Graywood
  • New Albany
  • Nictaux
  • Parker’s Cove (including Hillsburn, Litchfield and Delap’s Cove)
  • Port George
  • Port Lorne
  • Round Hill/Moschelle
  • Springfield

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1901 Census

  • Annapolis Royal
  • Bear River
  • Belleisle
  • Bridgetown
  • Clarence
  • Clementsport
  • Clementsvale
  • Clements West (present-day Deep Brook)
  • Dalhousie
  • Granville Ferry
  • Hampton
  • Lawrencetown Lane
  • Lequille
  • Lower Granville
  • Maitland
  • Margaretsville
  • Meadowvale
  • Melvern Square
  • Middleton
  • Milford/Graywood
  • New Albany
  • Nictaux
  • Parker’s Cove (including Hillsburn, Litchfield and Delap’s Cove)
  • Port George
  • Port Lorne
  • Round Hill/Moschelle
  • Springfield

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