Manitoba Vital Records

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Introduction

Civil registration of births, deaths, and marriages began in 1882 in Manitoba. Because many individuals in the early years of registration did not comply, the records are somewhat incomplete up to around 1920.

Some births, marriages, and deaths not recorded in vital records may be in church records.

For additional information about vital records, including research strategies, see Canada Vital Records.

Availability

Online Records

Many records are available online at the Manitoba Vital Statistics Agency. Indexes are available for births more than 100 years ago, marriages more than 80 years ago, and deaths more than 70 years ago. Records later than these years are restricted. The indexes contain limited information. To search: Manitoba Vital Records Index Search. To see all of the information on a record, it must be ordered from the website.

Note: In the case of Births, clicking "Detail View" will normally show the maiden name of the mother.

For a guide to online searches for vital statistics, click here.

How to Access All Records

Images and complete indexes of these vital records are not available online. The indexes on Manitoba Vital Records Index Search only list limited information found on the record. In order to see all of the information or the actual image, the record must be ordered from the Manitoba Statistics Agency website. This is done by finding the record in the index and then selecting "Add to Cart". After adding every desired record to the cart, print the order form, fill in the address and payment information, and mail or fax it into the Vital Statistics Agency. Each record is $12.00.

The address to the Manitoba Vital Statistics Agency:

254 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB
R3C 0B6
Canada
Phone: 204-945-3701
Fax: 204-948-3128
Email: vitalstats@gov.mb.ca

Divorce

Between 1920 and 1983, divorce records were kept at the King’s Bench court offices of the province. Since 1983, all divorce records over 25 years old from each of the offices outside Winnipeg or 40 years old in the Winnipeg Eastern Judicial District are being transferred to the Provincial Archives. These records are indexed.