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Series consists of
Place of creation
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Scope and content
Series consists of records created and maintained by the Census and Statistics Branch of the Department of Agriculture. The series includes records related to the Board of Registration and Statistics, general census records, Blue Book correspondence, and returns of baptisms, marriages, burials and inquests.
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Biography / Administrative history
As a result of the prominence of agricultural statistics, the Minister of Agriculture was appointed chairman of the Board of Registration and Statistics, created in 1847. Among its other responsibilities, the Board conducted decennial censuses (Hodgetts, pp. 238-239). In 1852, the Bureau of Agriculture and Statistics was created. It exercised loose supervision of voluntary agricultural societies, and extended grants to these societies, by means of Boards of Agriculture for both Canada West and Canada East (16 Vic., Chap. 11). As formally constituted by statute in 1868, the post-Confederation Department of Agriculture was responsible for statistics and the census. (31 Vic., Chap. 53). In 1912, responsibility for the census and statistics was transferred to the Department of Trade and Commerce (Annual Report, 1911-1912, p. 60). RG17 General Inventory
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