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1881   1891   1901   1906   1911   1916   1921+

Microfilm can be requested via inter-library loan worldwide through your local Family History Centre. Canadian residents can also request the microfilm at any local library that has a microfilm reader.



1881
Date of Enumeration: 4 April 1881
Microfilm #’s: C-13285, C-13286

Enumerated as part of the Northwest Territories.
Available areas: Athabaska, Bow River, Cumberland, Edmonton, Peace River.

The entire 1881 Canadian census is available online at these locations:

  • Library & Archives Canada - census images & name index. Free to access.
  • Family Search - Free index.
  • Ancestry - census images & name index. Subscription required.


  • 1891
    Date of Enumeration: 6 April 1891
    Microfilm #’s: T-6425, C6426

    Areas of Alberta were enumerated as Alberta District, Assiniboia (West), and Unorganized Territories. Available areas include:

  • Alberta: Banff, Battle River, Calgary, Canmore, Coal Mine, Davisburg, Edmonton, Fish Creek, Fort Saskatchewan, Gleichen, High River, Institutions, Lac La Biche, Lethbridge, McLeod, Morley, Namaka
  • Assiniboia (West): Medicine Hat, Swift Lake
  • Unorganized Territories: Athabaska, Buffalo, Canoe Lake, Dunvegan, Fort Chipewyan, Fort Vermilion, Grande Prairie, Lesser Slave Lake, Peace River, Pelican Rapids, Sturgeon Lake, White Fish Lake

    The entire 1891 Canadian census is available online at these locations:

  • Library & Archives Canada - census images & name index. Free to access.
  • Ancestry - census images & name index. Subscription required.
  • Family Search - Free index.

    Other Links…

  • Digital Archives - Edmonton. Images & index. Free access.
  • Digital Archives - Strathcona & Fort Saskatchewan. Images & index. Free access.
  • Digital Archives - Lakeland. Images & index. Free access.
  • Digital Archives - Sturgeon. Index. Free access.
  • Camrose GenWeb - Battle River. Free access.


  • 1901
    Date of Enumeration: 31 Mar 1901
    Microfilm #’s: T-6550, T-6551, T-6554

    The entire 1901 Canadian census is available online at these locations:

  • Library & Archives Canada - census images are browseable (similar to browsing microfilm) but are not indexed by name. Free to access.
  • Automated Genealogy - a free volunteer-built index that uses the images from Library & Archives Canada.
  • Edmonton Branch, Alberta Genealogical Society - index. Free to access.
  • Ancestry - census images & name index. Subscription required.


  • 1906
    Date of Enumeration: 24 June 1906
    Microfilm #’s: T-18353 to T-18363

    The 1906 census of Alberta, Manitoba & Saskatchewan is available online at these locations:

  • Library & Archives Canada - census images are browseable (similar to browsing microfilm) but are not indexed by name. Free to access.
  • Automated Genealogy - a free volunteer-built index that uses the images from Library & Archives Canada.
  • Ancestry - census images & name index. Subscription required.


  • 1911
    Date of Enumeration: 1 June 1911
    Microfilm #’s: T-20326 to T-20333

    The entire 1911 Canadian census is available online at these locations:

  • Library & Archives Canada - census images are browseable (similar to browsing microfilm) but are not indexed by name. Free to access.
  • Automated Genealogy - a free volunteer-built index that uses the images from Library & Archives Canada.
  • Ancestry - census images & name index. Subscription required.


  • 1916
    Date of Enumeration: 1 June 1916
    Microfilm #’s: T-21946 to T-21956

    The 1916 census of Alberta, Manitoba & Saskatchewan is available online at these locations:

  • Library & Archives Canada - census images are browseable (similar to browsing microfilm) but are not indexed by name. Free to access.
  • Ancestry - census images & name index. Subscription required.


  • 1921+
    The census was enumerated every five years and is released to the public after 92 years. The next census to be released will be the 1921 census in or after 2013.

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