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Wills and Estates

There is no central registry for wills in Alberta; wills are kept at the Court House in the judicial district where probate was granted. The information held is Grants of Probate, Letters of Administration, and Wills. To determine in which judicial district an ancestor died, write to:

Succession Duties Department
Public Trustees’ Office
10365 - 97 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3Z8
Telephone: (780) 427-2744
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:15 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-4:30 pm
There is a search fee.
For Wills Probated in Edmonton
The Clerk of the Surrogate Court
Main Floor, Law Courts Building
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0R2
Telephone: (780) 422-2434
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:15 am-4:30 pm
For Wills Probated in Calgary
Calgary Court Centre
601 - 5th Street South West
Calgary, Alberta T2P 5P7
Other Judicials Districts

Other Judicials Districts and their Court Houses in the province are:

Drumheller Court House
511 - 3rd Avenue West
P.O. Box 759
Drumheller, Alberta T0J OYO
Fort McMurray Court House
9700 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 4W3
Grande Prairie Court House
10260 - 99 Street
Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 2H4
Lethbridge Court House
320 - 4th Street South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1Z8
Medicine Hat Law Courts
460 First Street South East
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 0A8
Peace River Court House
9905 - 97 Avenue
Bag 900-34
Peace River, Alberta T8S 1T4
Red Deer Court House
4909 48th Avenue
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 3T5
St. Paul Court House
4704 - 50 Street
P.O. Box 1900
St. Paul, Alberta T0A 3A0[1]
Wetaskiwin Law Courts
4605 - 51 Street
Wetaskiwin, Alberta T9A 1K7

The cost of obtaining copies of wills are the costs of copying. The Provincial Archives of Alberta holds surrogate case files. (Accession Number 95.399)

  • Edmonton (1898-1969)
  • Athabasca (1909-1969)
  • Northwest Territories (1922-1969)
  • Files include probates, affidavits, oaths of Executers, copies of wills, applications for Letters of Administration[2]

Wills and probate records are kept by the surrogate registrar.

The registrar’s records, as well as those of the clerk of court, are housed in the courthouses of the various judicial districts (see Alberta Court Records).

References

  1. The St. Paul Judicial District was formed 1 January 1998.
  2. Borgstede, Arlene. "Alberta Vital Records (National Institute)," National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2012), https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alberta_Vital_Records_%28National_Institute%29.
 

 

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