How to Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Records For Saskatchewan, Canada

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How to Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Records For Saskatchewan, Canada
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Guide to Saskatchewan ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth, marriage, and death records found in civil registration, census records, church records, and cemetery records.

Birth, death, and marriage information is the foundation for describing your family history. It defines the life span of individual ancestors, and links both generations and ancestral lines. Your best sources for locating this information are these four record types:

  • Civil registration
  • Census
  • Church
  • Cemetery

You will find some of these records online in digital form. Others are available on microfilms available through Family History Centers. Correspondence searches are required for records kept in centralized archives or in the original offices that created them. This article gives you links and instructions for accessing these important record groups in their various forms.

Civil Registration

A government civil registration system registers births, marriages, and deaths. Also included may be name changes, divorces, and adoptions. Certificates are issued for each event. eHealth Saskatchewan, a Treasury Board Crown corporation, performs this function on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

Civil registration of marriages began in 1878, and registration of births and deaths in 1888. However, many registrations were not recorded until about 1920. In addition to Saskatchewan registrations, civil divorces were granted by private acts of the Parliament of Canada from 1867 to 1919.

eHealth Saskatchewan

2130 11th Avenue
Regina, SK S4P 0J5

Toll Free: 1-800-667-7551
(Canada and US)
Phone: 306-787-3251
Fax: 306-787-8951
Email: vitalstatistics@eHealthSask.ca

eHealth Saskatchewan Collections at Ancestry.com ($)

Other Ancestry.com Collections ($)

Family Search Indexes

Saskatchewan Genealogical Society

PO Box 1894
Regina, SK S4P 3E1

Phone: 306-780-9207
Fax: 306-780-3615
Email: saskgenealogy@sasktel.net
Website

Copies of the original documents identified in the following indexes can be ordered from the Society.

Census Records

A census is a count and description of the population. Census records can provide family relationships, age, year of birth, description of property, religion, and place of birth. They can provide information missing from other records. Use census information with caution because information may be incorrect or deliberately falsified.

In 1906 the first Prairie Provinces Census was taken in Saskatchewan. This was one year after the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta were created, and Manitoba borders redefined.

Tips
  • If at first you don't find a name, try again under another spelling.
  • Photocopy each ancestor's census. Identify where you found it.
  • Look for an ancestor in every census during her or his lifetime.
  • On the family group record show each person's census listings. Add this to the FamilySearch Family Tree.
  • In community context, study relationships with others in the same household, neighbors, and anyone with similar names living nearby.

Online Canada Census Indexes and Images

Online National and Provincial Population Schedules of Canada
Free Free at Some Libraries (usually with a library card)* Pay
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Automated Genealogy[2] Library Archives Canada[3] Ancestry FHL[4] Ancestry Library[5] Ancestry Home[6]
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Church Records

Church records may include baptisms, marriages, burials, membership lists, finances, business, and other records for a particular congregation. They may be available online or on microfilm, but frequently have not been copied.

Original records may still be with the local church or in centralized archives by religion. To determine which church archive to consult, check census records for the person's religion.

For help with writing a letter requesting copies of records, see Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy.

Links to Church Archives

Online Records

Cemetery Records

See Saskatchewan Cemeteries for detailed information about cemetery research.

Online Cemetery Records

FamilySearch Microfilm Available for Saskatchewan

Microfilm copies of additional church and cemetery records may be identified by searching the online FamilySearch Catalog. To see all the Saskatchewan localities for which records have been identified in the Catalog, Click Here, then click on "Places within Canada, Saskatchewan."

  1. Select a locality to see what types of records are available.
  2. Click on the "Church records" type to see specific collection titles.
  3. Choose the title that reflects the correct religion and time period for your ancestor.
  4. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.
  5. Follow the same procedure for "Cemeteries."


References

  1. FamilySearch, a free online service of the Family History Library. For a full description of FamilySearch collections, after opening the collection click on the "Learn more" link just below the brief collection description.
  2. Automated Genealogy, a free online service includes links to free images found at the Library and Archives Canada.
  3. Library Archives Canada, a free online service includes links to free images and partial indexes found at the Library and Archives Canada.
  4. Ancestry FHL: Ancestry.com is a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving national and many provincial census records, among other ancestral records. The FHL edition is free only at the Family History Library and local family history centers.
  5. Ancestry Library edition of Ancestry.com is a slightly smaller library edition that is free only at some public libraries.
  6. Home Edition of Ancestry.com is a subscription service for individuals.