Canada, Manitoba Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Canada, Manitoba Probate Records, 1871-1930
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|Manitoba Provincial Archives|
What is in This Collection[edit | edit source]
The collection includes records from 1871-1930, although some indexes may cover years up to 1970.
These records include images of estate files, application books and indexes. Between 1871 and 1982, wills and probate records were kept only at the Surrogate Registrar’s Office in the courthouse of each judicial district in Manitoba. Since 1982, the following wills and probate records are being transferred to the Provincial Archives:
- Wills and probate records over 20 years old from courthouses outside the city of Winnipeg
- Wills and probate records over 60 years old from the Eastern Judicial District in Winnipeg
A central alphabetical index, arranged by year, is maintained at the Winnipeg court office. To have the index searched in the court office, you must provide the name of the deceased and the date of death. In 1984, all indexes, wills, and probate files for the period 1882 to 1930 began to be microfilmed for use at the Provincial Archives.
The Archives of Manitoba have placed probate indexes for Manitoba online. The following information is useful when searching:
- Winnipeg = Eastern Judicial District
- Brandon = Western Judicial District
- Morden = Southern Judicial District (prior to 1966)
- Portage la Prairie = Central Judicial District
Probate and estate files are especially useful when trying to prove a relationship between two or more individuals. To ensure that the property went to the correct person, relationships (such as 'son,' 'aunt,' or 'sister-in-law') were often named in detail. This is ideal for a genealogist who needs proof to move on to the next generation in a family or needs help fleshing out a complete family group. It may also give details about property owned by the family, which may be useful for family records.In cases where birth, marriage, and death records began too late, probate and estate records may be necessary to prove family connections.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The name of a relative or date of the event
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
- Select Judicial District
- Select Record Type
- Select File or Volume Number Range and Year Range to view the images
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog Manitoba Probate Records, 1871-1930. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives
- Use a probate record to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate
- For earlier years, use the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records.
- Use the information found in the record to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism and marriage records
- Use the information found in the record to find immigration and land records
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
- Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Manitoba.
FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]
- Manitoba. Surrogate Court, Application books, 1884-1930
- Manitoba. Surrogate Court, Eastern Judicial District, Estate files, 1871-1930; index ca. 1884-1930
- Manitoba. Surrogate Court, Central Judicial District, Estate files, 1884-1930, index, 1884-1937
- Manitoba. Surrogate Court, Western Judicial District, Estate files, 1884-1930, index, 1884-1970
- Manitoba. Surrogate Court, Southern Judicial District, Estate files, 1902-1930, index, 1902-1948
- Manitoba, Surrogate Court, St. Boniface Judicial District, Estate files, 1908-1930; index, 1908-1962
- Manitoba. Surrogate Court, Northern Judicial District, Estate files, 1909-1930
- Manitoba, Surrogate Court, Dauphin Judicial District, Estate files, 1917-1930, index, 1917-1950
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