Northwest Territories, Canada Genealogy

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Northwest Territories

Guide to Northwest Territories ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Northwest Territories Information

Northwest Territories is a province in Canada. Yellowknife is the territorial capital.


The present-day territory came under government authority in July 1870, after the Hudson's Bay Company transferred Rupert's Land and North-Western Territory to the British Crown, which subsequently transferred them to the government of Canada, giving it the name the North-West Territories.
After the 1870 transfer, some of the North-West Territories was whittled In the meantime, the Province of Ontario was enlarged northwestward in 1882. Quebec was also extended northwards in 1898. The provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan were created in 1905, and Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec acquired the last addition to their modern landmass from the NWT in 1912. This left only the districts of Mackenzie, Franklin, and Keewatin within what was then given the name Northwest Territories.

Getting Started

Getting Started with Northwest Territories Research

Links to articles on getting started with Northwest Territories research.

Northwest Territories Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Northwest Territories research.

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Northwest Territories


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FamilySearch Resources

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