I found your question very interesting because I am a third
generation Canadian and still consider my ' ethnic origin' to be
I checked a Statistics Canada site ...
found this definition ...
"Ethnic Origin: Refers to the ethnic or cultural group(s) to which
the respondent's ancestors belong. An ancestor is someone from whom a
person is descended and is usually more distant than a grandparent.
Ancestry should not be confused with citizenship or nationality."
Hope this helps.
>A while back a lister posted this site to check out
>the Ontario Census Index of 1871
>I managed to find a SOBEY & a SOBY!
>Under 'Birthplace' it states that both where born
in Ontario and
>under 'Origins' it states 'English'.
>I understand this to mean they where born in Ontario but their
>ethnic origins were English. Their ancestors having come from
>England - which would most likely be Devon (or maybe Cornwall via
>Please, has anyone any ideas or suggestions how many
>Canadian born before they are no longer form a different ethnic
>Thanking you in anticipation,
>Devon FHS member
>SOBEE / SOBYE / SOBY / SOBEY any time & place
>SOBEE / WILLIS / POPHAM- Holbeton, Plympton St. Mary,Yealmpton,
>NORTHWAY - Joanna c.1760 Manaton, Devon
>SOBEE William b. 1855 Holbeton, Devon - Groom in Durham in 1881,
>then to Ireland perhaps.
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