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Early records for the years up until 1850 are actually a collection of Assessment Rolls and Censuses. The Assessment Rolls indicate who was paying taxes on various things (buildings, animals, fireplaces, carriages, and so on)and the Lot and Concession on which those taxes were levied. In many cases, the location of the ratepayer and the Lot and Concession were the same. However, some people owned and paid taxes on several lots, so identifying their place of residence might be a little more difficult. The Censuses, if they exist for the period before 1850, list only the head of the family and how many people lived there.
From 1851 on, the Censuses listed everyone living at each home. In certain years (1851, 1861, and 1871), an Agricultural Census was also taken. Unfortunately not all of them have survived. These Censuses have all sorts of information including the various types of crops that were grown and how much of each crop.
See also: Census Records, how to use them, where to find them.