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Canadian Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Article updated: 24 Febuary 2008
By: Fawne Stratford-Devai Biography & Archived Articles
Intro | Alberta | British Columbia | Manitoba | New Brunswick | Newfoundland & Labrador | Northwest Territories | Nova Scotia | Nunavut | Ontario | Prince Edward Island | Quebec | Saskatchewan | Yukon
In Manitoba the government Vital Statistics office holds complete records from 1882, together with some incomplete church records prior to that date (searched only when the denomination is known by the applicant). The office can be contacted as follows:
Vital Statistics Agency
Consumer & Corporate Affairs
254 Portage Avenue
WINNIPEG, Manitoba R3C 0B6
Telephone: (204) 945-3701 (English) or (204) 945-5500 (French)
Phone Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-800-282-8069 ext. 3701 (English) ext. 5500 (French)
Fax: (204) 948-3128
For information about other historic vital records (not civil registration) contact:
Provincial Archives of Manitoba
200 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1T5
Telephone: (204) 945-3971, Fax number: (204) 948-2672
The Provincial Archives of Manitoba holds many records that are useful to genealogists. The Archives has an online Genealogical Guide at: http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/genealogy/gen_text/index.html
The Provincial Archives holds only a limited collection of birth, marriage and burial registers. Most Manitoba religious institutions maintain their own records. Details of these and other resources are provided on the Archives' Genealogy in Manitoba at: http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/genealogy/gen_text/outside_records.html
ADDITIONAL LINKS & SOURCES
For additional information on these and other family history topics check out the following provincial resources:
Association for Manitoba Archives: http://www.mts.net/~ama1/ The AMA's mandate is to preserve the heritage of the people and institutions of the Province of Manitoba by improving the administration, effectiveness and efficiency of the Province's archival system
University of Manitoba Archives: http://www.umanitoba.ca/libraries/units/archives/ The website offers information on the Department of Archives and Special Collections and the University of Manitoba Libraries. Information on collections including a searchable guide to holdings.
Abstract of Burial Records: St. Francis Xavier, Manitoba, 1834-1865 Includes indexes of deceased, witnesses, spouses and mothers: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Lane/7634/
Manitoba Mennonite Genealogical Resources: http://www.mmhs.org/mmhsgen.htm Provided by the Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, resources include indexes, research resources and much more.
Mennonites in the Catholic Burial Register of Tiegenhagen, West Prussia (1757-1770) extracted by Glenn Penner: http://www.mmhs.org/prussia/thglist.htm
Genealogical Institute of the Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada The Genealogical Institute was founded in June 1990 to operate as the part of the Jewish Historical Society (now the Jewish Heritage Centre) of Western Canada that is dedicated to promoting the hobby of genealogy within the Society. http://www.jhcwc.mb.ca/geninst.shtml
Manitoba Heritage Federation: http://www.mts.net/~mhf/ The Manitoba Heritage Federation Inc. is a non-profit membership based charitable organization that advocates the issues of Heritage within the seven heritage disciplines of the province for the preservation, education, and enhancement of Heritage.
Manitoba Genweb Project: http://www.rootsweb.com/~canmb/index.htm
Manitoba Genealogical Society: http://www.mbgenealogy.com
Western Manitoba Genealogy Project: target="_blank">http://www.westmanitoba.com/
Hudson's Bay Company Archives: http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/index.html Founded in 1670, the Hudson's Bay Company's (HBC) chief interests for its first two centuries were the fur trade, exploration and settlement. After 1870, when its territory of Rupert's Land was incorporated into the Dominion of Canada, its interests became more varied. The area once known as Rupert's Land encompassed most of Northern Ontario and Northern Québec, all of Manitoba, most of Saskatchewan, the southern half of Alberta and a large part of the Northwest Territories.
La Société historique de Saint-Boniface (SHSB): http://www.escape.ca/~shsb/ This important archives and resource centre promotes genealogical research pertaining to French-Canadian and Métis families in Manitoba, western and eastern Canada. The Library contains more than 10,000 volumes dealing with the history of Western Canada. The SHSB will conduct genealogical research for a fee.
Glenbow Archives: http://www.glenbow.org/archives.htm The Glenbow Archives is one of Canada's largest non-government archives and a major research centre for historians, writers, students, and the media. It houses an extensive collection of unpublished archival records of individuals, families, organizations and businesses.
More Manitoba Resources - from Global Genealogy
BOOK - A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People
By George Bryce
Originally published by Canada History Company, Toronto, 1906
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2003 (CD 2011)
Bryce's comprehensive history of Manitoba is invaluable for those who are interested in the history of early Manitoba in general, and the families and individuals who settled in the region before 1906 in particular. In addition to the usual settlement history that one expects from a publication from this time period, the book also provides a quantity of individual and family biographies. Several of those biographies include a portrait and an image of the signature of the person. An extensive new index that includes every instance of a personal name, plus every instance of a place name has been added to this book. Check the More information link for a list of biographies, table of contents and those names that appear in the index.
ISBN 1-894378-68-7 (Hardcover) More information
BOOK - Finding Your Ancestors in Manitoba
By Laura Hanowski.
The author takes the reader through the "5 W" approach to help researchers define their goals and look for sources that may have been overlooked. The "5 W"s: Who are you looking for; Where did the ancestor live in Manitoba; Where did they live; What records were created; and Why were the records created. More information
BOOK - The Silver Chief: Lord Selkirk and the Scottish Pioneers of Belfast (Prince Edward Island, Canada), Baldoon (Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada) and Red River (Manitoba)
By L. H. Campey.
Belfast, Prince Edward Island, founded in August 1803, owes its existence to Lord Selkirk. Its bicentennial is a timely reminder of Selkirk’s work in Canada, which extended beyond Belfast to Baldoon (later Wallaceburg) in Ontario, as well as to Red River, the precursor to Winnipeg. Aptly named "The Silver Chief" by the five Indian chiefs with whom he negotiated a land treaty at Red River, the fifth Earl of Selkirk spent an immense fortune in helping Scottish Highlanders relocate themselves in Canada. This is the story and ists of immigrants... More information
BOOK - The Western Canada Photographers List (1860-1925)
By Glen C. Phillips
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2002, 2010
An invaluable guide to help you identify the place and date when a photograph was taken. Many family history researchers have boxes of photographs, but do not know who is depicted in the photo nor when or where it was taken. This book lists individual photographers, where they worked and when. That means that if you have a photograph that includes a photographer's stamp or other identification you can easily find out when and where that picture was taken. Oftentimes that will help you to identify who is in the picture.
ISBN 1-894378-56-3 More information
BOOK - Starting Out in Genealogy - Second Edition
By Ruth Burkholder
Building a family tree looks like a daunting taste to the unititiated, however it's easier than you think! Family history research is not complicated as long as you know which records are available, where to find those records, and how to organize the information that you gather. Though this guide is designed for beginners, it will also be of considerable help to those who have already started researching and recording family history, but want to improve their skills and results.
ISBN 9781926797441 More information
BOOK - Canadian Records of Birth, Marriage and Death: A Guide
By Fawne Stratford-Devai
This popular guide provides a province-by-province description of where to access provincial vital records, complete with contact information including postal addresses, telephone numbers (most are toll-free), fax, email addresses and websites. The categories addressed for each province and territory include: Modern Records; Historic Records; Additional Links and Sources. Several helpful maps are included.
ISBN 1894571894 More information
BOOKS - Notices of Births, Marriages, Conversions, Deaths & Obituaries From Methodist Newspapers 1830-1900 [Canada]
Compiled by Donald A. McKenzie
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2005-2013
This series of 12 volumes contains transcriptions of births, marriages, conversions, deaths, and obituaries as they were published in Methodist Newspapers between 1830 and 1900. You can buy individual volumes or save by buying the entire 12 volume set. The alphabetical format [alphabetical by surname] of these volumes will enable you to quickly find any of your ancestors whose vital events were reported in the Canadian Methodist newspapers from 1830 to 1900. Many of the entries are from Ontario and Quebec, however there are a significant number of entries from coast to coast across Canada, including Newfoundland. Of note is that some volumes also contain vital events records for people of faiths other than Methodist. Mr McKenzie's detailed and informative introduction to this work provides the reader with all the information necessary to understand and use the material.
Now available on CD too! More information
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Significant migration of Protestant Irish to Canada in the early 19th century brought with it the establishment of the Orange Order in Canada. This work explores the role of the Orange Order in the unfolding settlement geography of Canada. Protestant Irish soldiers and emigrants, largely Ulster-born, introduced the organization into New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario within the first decade of the nineteenth century. At its zenith, he movement had a membership of as many as one in three Canadians.
ISBN 978-1-894378-31-4 (Hardcover Edition) More information
BOOK - Cyclopaedia Of Methodism In Canada
By Rev. George H. Cornish
Originally published by Methodist Book and Publishing House, Toronto, 1881
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2001 (CD 2009)
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ISBN 1-894378-16-4 (Hardcover) More information
BOOK - The First Century of Methodism in Canada, 1775-1883. Two Volumes In One
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This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2008 (CD 2011)
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BOOK - Getting From Here To There, Identifying the Origins of Immigrants to Canada Revised and Expanded Edition
By: Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2005
One of the more difficult things to do in a family history research project is to identify where your original immigrant ancestor came from. Sometimes we know the country they came from, but not the specific place within that country. In order to find records in the "old-country" it is very helpful to know which town, parish, county etc that the person came from. This book identifies a long list of potential sources in Canada, where you may find that critical piece of information.
ISBN 1-897210-80-9 More information
BOOK - Canadian Family History in the 21st Century, Lessons, Links & ResourcesSecond Edition 2005
By Fawne Stratford-Devai
This newly updated and expanded second edition offers readers valuable lessons, links and recommended resources that will help you keep you family history research project on-track, saving time, effort and expense. The author is a popular genealogical lecturer, educator and author/co-author of more than 50 important genealogical and historical books.
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Originally published by John Lovell and Son, Montreal, 1873
This facsimile reprint by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1998 (CD 2010)
This facsimile reprint of The volume contains over six thousand descriptions and historical facts about cities, towns and villages across Canada, as they were known in 1873. Also included is a listing of over fifteen hundred lakes and rivers with their location, size and general information. A table showing the railway and steamboat routes within British North America in 1873, which will assist researchers in understanding the routes that their ancestors may have migrated over. The table lists the distance that each place in British North America is to the nearest railway station or port.
ISBN 0-9682524-5-1 (Hardcover) More information
BOOK - True Stories of New England Captives Carried to Canada During the Old French and Indian Wars
By C. Alice Baker
Originally published by E. A. Hall & Co., Cambridge, 1897
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2006 (CD 2010)
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BOOK - The Canadian Almanac of 1862
Originally published by W. C. Chewett & Co. 1862.
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ISBN 1-897210-98-1 More information
BOOK - Using Maps in Family History Research, Revised and Updated
By Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2005
his book provides insights into the use of maps for genealogical and historical research. The visual representation of the land and communities on a map can offer evidence in its own right. It is the task of the researcher to carefully evaluate every piece of the puzzle in order to identify and understand individuals, families, migration routes, and even settlement patterns. Examples used include Canada, USA, UK, world. Every family historian can benefit from this valuable booklet.
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