Manitoba Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Manitoba Probate Records, 1871-1930
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|Location of Manitoba, Canada|
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|Manitoba Provincial Archives|
- 1 What is in This Collection
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection
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.
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Manitoba Probate Records, 1871-1930.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
Probate records this collection may include estate files, wills and letters of administration. These records may include:
- Name of deceased
- Age at death
- Date of death
- Place of death
- Locality of death
- Heirs of the estate of deceased
Application books may contain the following information:
- Name of deceased
- Date of death
- Name of heir
- Residence and occupation of applicant
How Do I Search This Collection?
You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The name of a relative or date of the event
Search the Index
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the 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?
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 at 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?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later
- 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?
- 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
- Consult the Manitoba Record Finder Table to find other records
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
"Manitoba Probate Records, 1871-1930." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Surrogate Court. Provincial Archives, Winnipeg.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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