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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in April 2013. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian: Vital Statistic Records - Part 1 by Sharon L. Murphy. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).
Saskatchewan, one of the three prairie provinces, was originally part of the North West Territories. It became a province in 1905 due to an increasing population in the area because of immigration. It derived its name from the District of Saskatchewan. This was an administrative district of the Northwest Territories which was created in 1882. Because Saskatchewan is a young province, its records are limited. Therefore, the existence of old birth, marriage and death registrations are not very likely.
For the most part, the Saskatchewan Archives does not have the birth, marriage and death records that you may be searching. The two most common repositories for these records would be church archives and the Saskatchewan Vital Statistics branch of Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan.
When searching for information from religious records, although the actual records for some denominations are held at the Archives of Saskatchewan, you must request them from the appropriate church first. The church then requests a copy of the entry in the register from the Archives and it is then forwarded to you. Therefore, to save time, remember to contact the appropriate Church for these records. If you are not sure of the denomination of your ancestors, then perhaps local newspapers and directories would give you an idea and a place to start.
Diocese of Saskatchewan
1308 Fifth Avenue East
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan S6V 2H7
Diocese of Saskatoon
P.O. Box 1965
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 3S5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
302-393 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3H6
Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives and Record Office
50 Wynford Drive
North York, Ontario M3C 1J7
Telephone: (416) 441-1111
United Church Records
The United Church of Canada Archives holds the local church records of the United Church and its uniting denominations (Methodist, Congregational, Presbyterian (1925 union); and Evangelical United Brethren—joined in 1968).
United Church Saskatchewan Conference Archives
University of Saskatchewan, Murray Building
Room 94, Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A4
418A McDonald St.
Regina, Saskatchewan S4N 6E1
Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Roman Catholic Church Records
Some Roman Catholic Church registers are now available at FamilySearch.org. Baptisms, confirmations, marriages, burials, and other records from several Roman Catholic parishes in the province of Saskatchewan are included. This collection covers church records created 1846-1957. It is possible to browse the images if you know the location and parish.
Other Church Records
Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon
214 Avenue M South
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7L 2S3
Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches
Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies
1310 Taylor Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 3Z6
Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives
600 Shaftesbury Boulevard
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 0M4
Saskatchewan Archives Board - Regina Office
3303 Hillsdale Street
P.O. Box 1665
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3C6
The “Family History Research” section describes many official and genealogical sources, including church records, but they do not hold vital statistics.
Civil registration of marriages began in 1878 and registration of births and deaths in Saskatchewan began in 1888. The Saskatchewan Vital Statistics branch of Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan is responsible for holding birth, marriage and death registrations.
However, due to the difficulties of bringing in a new system in the early years, many birth, marriage and death registrations were not recorded until approximately 1920. Due to privacy issues, birth and marriage certificates are not normally issued except to the individual themselves or to his/her agent or direct descendants.
The information you will find in birth, marriage and death certificates has changed over the years. The following is an example of some of the changes and additions that have evolved.
1889 Name, date, place, sex, name of father, maiden name of mother
1898 Birth place of parents
1916 Age of parents and number of children born to date to mother and number still living, date and place of parents’ marriage
1899 Name, age, residence, religion, birthplace of bride and groom, place and date of event, names of witnesses, name of officiating clergyman, name of parents of bridge and groom.
1900 Religion of Clergyman
1916 Maiden name of mothers
1920 Birthplace of fathers
1947 Birthplace of mothers
1889 Name, date, place, sex, birthplace, age, occupation
1898 Marital status
1916 Residence, name and birthplace of father, maiden name and birthplace of mother,place of burial
1920 Date of birth
1947 Name of husband or maiden name of wife
An online index of historic birth records of more than 100 years old and historic death records of more than 70 years old is available. This is a work in progress. As of January 2013 the deaths end at 1917. Marriages registered more than 75 years ago will eventually be added to the index once the death index is complete.
Genealogical applications for registrations more current than the above are restricted by legislation governing privacy. Speculative searches are not undertaken so complete identifying information must be provided. For more information regarding restrictions and fees, visit their website.
Vital Statistics Registry
101 – 1445 Park Street
Regina, SK S4N 4C5
(Mail orders can be paid by money order, cheque or credit card)
Please make money orders and cheques payable to eHealth Saskatchewan.
Phone: 1-855-eHS-LINK (347-5465)
Email: [mailto:VitalStatistics@ehealthsask.ca VitalStatistics@ehealthsask.ca
Saskatchewan Genealogical Society
The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, with 20 branches throughout the province, offers help and guidance to all genealogists and can be of great assistance to your search. They offer courses, research services and publications to help you find your ancestors. Tracing Your Saskatchewan Ancestors edited by Laura Hanowski is a very complete handbook. See their website for their many projects and excellent library resources.
One searchable database available to members is The Obituary Index and Data database. The society is in the process of scanning their Obituary Collection and entering the data into their database. There are approximately 20,000 names with related data currently uploaded and more to come. This is available on the society’s website at but remember you need a membership to access it.
Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online course Canadian: Vital Statistic Records - Part 1 offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about this course or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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