Heads of households: are people (usually, but not necessarily male) who are listed first in the family group. No one else in the family who has the same last name as the head has been included.
Strays: are people living in a household whose last name is different than the head of the household. Even where two or three may appear in a single household, they are each listed separately.
Spelling: An invariable rule has been to transcribe the name as it was spelled in the original.
Census takers were notorious for their phonetic spelling, so some names may be scattered around the alphabet.
Those marked "Esq" are on reel C-1345 in the Gore District, Esquesing Township. The "Unid" entries were found among the Unidentified sheets at the end of reel C-1345. Remember that what survived from across the province was copied on these two reels.
Special features in the Esquesing census include a map of lots
in the quarter north and east of Glen Williams; a list of places of worship
and school houses on the back of page 45; and a list of schools, with their
address and number of pupils on the last page of the census.
The most extensive and comprehensive census microfilmed. These records were organized and filmed so that all nine schedules for each enumeration district were brought together as a unit.
The 1871 census is numbered in five separate series on reels C-9956 (Div. 1-4, Esquesing and C-9957 (Div. 5, Esquesing; Georgetown). Each division includes nine separate returns. Of these we have indexed two, "Nominal return of the living" and the Nominal return of the deaths with last twelve months". The Death schedules have been given a page "0" within each Division.
Page Order: In the process of microfilming the 1871 Census for this area, one page appears to be missing (Esquesing, Division 3, p. 64) and several have been duplicated (Esquesing, Div. 3, p. 1; Div 4, pp. 62-3; Georgetown, pp. 6-7).
The 1881 census for Esquesing appears on one reel (C-13258). This is the first census which separates Acton from Esquesing. Only the first schedules were microfilmed, so there is much less business information in this census than 1871.
Page order: This census is seriously out of order in many places. The following are the key sequences.
Esquesing Div. 1 - order is 8, 12, 9, 10, 11, 13.
Esquesing Div. 1 - order is 16, 20, 19, 18, 17, 21.
Esquesing Div. 1 - order is 48, 52, 49, 50, 51, 53.
Esquesing Div. 1 - order is 92, 95, 94, 93, 96, 99, 98, 97, 100, 104, 102, 101, 103, 105.
Esquesing Div. 1 - order is 113, blank page, 114.
Esquesing Div. 2 - order is 4, 8, 5, 6, 7, 9.
Esquesing Div. 2 - order is 20, 24, 21, 22, 23, 25.
The Georgetown and Acton census returns are in normal order.
The nominal census (Schedule 1) includes for the first time entries
for Colour, Month and Date of birth, and Year Immigrated to Canada (if