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Project Name: Saskatchewan Probate Estate Files, 1882-1930

Project Owner: Linda Dunsmore-Porter,

Alternative Contacts: Heather Walgren,


  • Go to “File,” “Open Project,” and select one of the counties from “Saskatchewan Probate Estate Files, 1882-1930 - DB” found in the drop-down menu, and click “OK.” You can access the drop-down menu in two ways. Either begin typing the project name into the empty box, or click the drop-down arrow to the right, and scroll down the list of projects to Saskatchewan Probate Estate Files, 1882-1930 - DB.
  • When the digitized film finishes loading, highlight the first group of Administrative images in the Thumbnails window. Any image that was not part of the original record should be an Administrative waypoint. You can highlight images in several ways. You can click and drag your mouse cursor across the desired image range. You can also click the first image in the range, hold the shift key, and click the last image in the range to highlight all images between. Finally, you can hold the control key, and click on an image to highlight it, without losing the highlight on any other images.
  • Once the first group of Administrative images is highlighted, click the “New” button, found on the Template side of the Waypoints window.
  • Scroll through the rest of the Thumbnails and repeat the highlight and “New” action for each group of Administrative images you find. Most folders in this collection will only have Administrative images at the beginning and end of the film. However, be aware that some will have several Administrative groups in the middle.
  • Once all Administrative images are marked, switch the Template in the Waypoints window from “Administrative” to “Consolidated Form.”
  • The Consolidated Form for this project has the following fields:
  1. Judicial District: All films should be divided into their own District. This should be the same for the whole film.
  2. Year: This should be the date listed on the file folder.
  3. File Number: There are two numbers listed on the Estate folders. One is the year. The other number is the file number. The file number can consist of numbers or a combination of letters and numbers (ex. 753 or C74).
  4. Given name(s): Also listed on the file folder.
  5. Surname: Also listed on the file folder.
  • Once the Consolidated Form is complete, highlight the estate file it applies to and click “New.”
  • Repeat this process until all estate files have been Waypointed with their own Consolidated Form.
  • When you are confident that all waypoints are correct, click “Finished.” You will not be able to click the “Finished” button until all images have been assigned a waypoint. A new film should load, or you can start with step 1 of these instructions to open a new film.

Helpful Tips

  • No punctuations for initials
  • If no date is indicated on the folder, type "No date," in the date field.
  • If there is a title to the name (ie/ Mrs. or Dr.), enter under given name "Jane (Mrs) or "Joseph (Dr)"
  • If there are two given names indicated with the same surname, enter "Joseph & Jane" for the given name, and "Smith" for the surname
  • Aka names should be listed in parentheses. Example: William (Bill)
  • If there is a digit missing for the probate date (ie/ 187- ) enter the date as "1870s."
  • If the file is noted "Miscellaneous" or "Unnamed Decedent" enter exactly as written on the folder tab in the "Surname" field.