Manitoba Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This collection contains images of estate files, application books and indexes. The collection includes records from 1871-1930, although some indexes may cover years up to 1970.

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, 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.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Surrogate Courts in Manitoba. Manitoba probate records. Provincial Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Probate records included in this collections include estate files, wills and letters of administration. Key genealogical information found in probate records include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Locality of death
  • Heirs of the estate of the deceased

How to Use the Record

Information about using the records in this collection are found at the Archives of Manitoba

Beginning Your Search

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Ancestor's name
  • Place of ancestors death
  • Names of family members

Searching this Collection

To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒Select the “Judicial District” ⇒Select the “Record Type” ⇒Select the “File or Volume Number Range and Year Range” which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

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Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Canada, Manitoba Probate Records, 1871-1930,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/: accessed 22 August, 2012), > Central > Estate files > no 1-172, years 1884-1892 > Image 10 of 2983

A full bibliographic record is available in the Family History Library Catalog