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”

Saskatchewan Ancestors: The Name Change Index of the SGS

I\’m sure most of us have found an ancestor who changed their name. Unfortunately, we don\’t always get a paper trail showing it. If you have an ancestor who lived in Saskatchewan though, you\’re in luck. In 1933 the Saskatchewan government passed legislation formalizing the process of changing one\’s name. First an application would beContinue reading “Saskatchewan Ancestors: The Name Change Index of the SGS”

Saskatchewan Ancestors: Saskatchewan Historic Newspapers Online Newspapers are one of the more entertaining avenues of research. The obvious reason for using them is to find birth, marriage, and death notices. You can learn so much more from them though. If your ancestor did something newsworthy (good or bad) you can find them among the pages that we seem to forgetContinue reading “Saskatchewan Ancestors: Saskatchewan Historic Newspapers Online”

D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 4 After 1968 in Western Canada

Source: This week we\’re finishing up by looking at Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. SaskatchewanAs stated in Part 1, divorce was handled provincially beginning in 1920. It is handled by the Court of Queen\’s Bench. In 1994, a separate division of the court was created to deal solely with family law. The Provincial Archives ofContinue reading “D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 4 After 1968 in Western 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”