Manitoba Ancestors: Manitoba Church Records on Family Search Church records can be a goldmine of information for genealogists. Not only will you get that valuable birth, marriage and death information, but you can also get names of extended family. These records can also pre date civil registration and census records, getting your family further back. The problem with church records is thatContinue reading “Manitoba Ancestors: Manitoba Church Records on Family Search”

Taking the time to Browse Part 1: Family Search

Indexed collections on various websites can take you many generations back in a relatively short period of time. In our excitement, we can sometimes forget about \”hidden\” collections. There\’s a whole host of record sets that haven\’t been indexed. If you stick to name searches, you\’re never going to get hits from these collections. TheyContinue reading “Taking the time to Browse Part 1: Family Search”

Probate Records Part 5 – Manitoba and Saskatchewan

In this series of blog posts, we are travelling west across Canada looking at probate. This post we\’re looking at Manitoba and Saskatchewan. If you\’re just joining in, you an find earlier posts here: Part 1 gives a short overview of probatePart 2 looks at Newfoundland and Prince Edward IslandPart 3 looks at Nova Scotia andContinue reading “Probate Records Part 5 – Manitoba and Saskatchewan”

Manitoba Ancestors: Hudson\’s Bay Company Archives

If you have an ancestor who worked in the Hudson\’s Bay Company or the Northwest Company, then you need to check out the Hudson\’s Bay Company Archives. This is a fantastic resource that can take you back to the early years of the company. Even if you don\’t have an ancestor, the resources will thrill aContinue reading “Manitoba Ancestors: Hudson\’s Bay Company Archives”

D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 3 – After 1968 in Central Canada

Source: This week we\’ll be looking at divorce records in Quebec, Ontario, and Manitoba QuebecAs stated in Part 1, divorce was handled federally up to 1968. But, unlike other areas of Canada, a couple could become legally separated through the province\’s civil code. These were done by notaries. A notice of action had to be printedContinue reading “D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 3 – After 1968 in Central Canada”

D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 1 – Before 1968

We all like to think that our ancestors met, fell in love, married, and only parted through death. Truth is, divorce has always been around in Canada, although rare. According to The Canadian Encycolpedia: \”…while most Canadians married, divorce was extremely uncommon until after the Second World War. In fact, until that time, Canada hadContinue reading “D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 1 – Before 1968”

Getting Lost in City Directories

This post is a little later in the week than normal. That\’s because I finally broke a major brick wall in my family history research by using city directories. I took a day trip to the Archives of Ontario on April 19th with members of the Kawartha Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. My purposeContinue reading “Getting Lost in City Directories”

Religious Records Part 5 – Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Moving across Canada, this post looks at Religious Record sources for Manitoba and Saskatchewan. ManitobaAccording to the Canadian Encyclopedia, the largest religious denomination practiced in Manitoba is Catholicism, with United Church and Anglican being second and third. The Manitoba Historical Society has a page about the early churches in Winnipeg here. FamilySearch has a browse onlyContinue reading “Religious Records Part 5 – Manitoba and Saskatchewan”

Vital Statistics Part 4 – Manitoba and Saskatchwan

Well, we\’ve made it through the Maritimes, Ontario, and Quebec. Now we\’re going to start across the Prairies and look at Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Source: ManitobaAlthough Manitoba became a province in 1870, civil registration did not begin until 1882. However, compliance was an issue until around 1920. Therefore the records before 1920 are sporadic. UnlikeContinue reading “Vital Statistics Part 4 – Manitoba and Saskatchwan”