If you have answered ‘yes’, and you would like to know if they are in the earliest census ever taken in Canada, then you should check Jean Talon’s census of 1666.
Who was Jean Talon, and why is his name attached to a census?
He was the first Intendant (a governor, of sorts), and he was a representative of the King. He was in charge of administration of justice, police and finances, for instance, and bringing immigrants from France to settle the early days of New France. He encouraged and supported large families, urged single people to marry, brought over filles du roi (approximately 800 young French women who immigrated to New France between 1663 and 1673), and, in part, he motivated soldiers to settle in the colony after their military service.
And this was where the census of 1666 came into the picture – he wanted to know how the new colony was doing.
He held the postion from 1665 to 1668.
To get you started, the 1666 census is on Quebec – AllCensusRecords.com at
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