Each search result will provide you will an image of the original document and a transcript. The original census returns were printed in French and English. The headings on the returns are as follows:
Left-hand side of census form
Right-hand side of census form
As you can see from the headings, images of the original census returns often can provide more details than the transcripts, which generally include only the following details:
This census relates to the area of Lower Canada (modern-day Labrador and southern Quebec), which was a British colony from 1791 to 1841. Afterward, Lower Canada merged with Upper Canada, forming the Province of Canada. This province was later dissolved as the result of the Canadian Confederation of 1867, and the land was divided into the provinces of Quebec and Ontario.
Begin your search broadly by searching on just a name. You can then go back and add in an occupation, town, or county to narrow your results if need.
Occasionally, only a first or last name was transcribed. If your ancestor is proving hard to find, try searching by just a first name or last name.