Manitoba Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Manitoba Probate Records, 1871-1930 .
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1871-1930
Languages English
Title in the Language
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Related Websites
Manitoba Provincial Archives

Why Should I Look at these Records?

Probate and estate files are especially useful when trying to prove a relationship between two or more individuals. To ensure that the property went to the correct person, relationships (such as 'son,' 'aunt,' or 'sister-in-law') were often named in detail. This is ideal for a genealogist who needs proof to move on to the next generation in a family or needs help fleshing out a complete family group. It may also give details about property owned by the family, which may be useful for family records.

In cases where birth, marriage, and death records began too late, probate and estate records may be necessary to prove family connections.

What is in this Collection

The collection includes records from 1871-1930, although some indexes may cover years up to 1970.

These records include images of estate files, application books and indexes.

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 in the court office, 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.

The Archives of Manitoba have placed probate indexes for Manitoba online. Using that tool to identify the desired probate file number will make searching this collection for a specific probate file much simpler. The following information may be helpful when using the probate index at the Archives of Manitoba to the FamilySearch Manitoba Probate Records 1871-1930 collection:

  • Winnipeg = Eastern Judicial District
  • Brandon = Western Judicial District
  • Morden = Southern Judicial District (prior to 1966)
  • Portage la Prairie = Central Judicial District

Sample Images

Probate records in this collections include estate files, wills and letters of administration. These records may contain the following information:

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

Application books may contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Date of death
  • Name of heir
  • Residence and occupation of applicant

How Do I Search the Collection?

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page.

See Images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page. Once you've reached the browse page, follow these instructions to get to the images:
⇒Select the "Judicial District" category
⇒Select the "Record Type" category
⇒Select the “File or Volume Number Range and Year Range" category, which takes you to the images

Search the collection by image, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

What do I do Next?

What does this Record tell me?

  • For help with interpreting these records, more information can be found at the Archives of Manitoba website.

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

When you have found the probate record of your ancestor, the following will help you further your research:

  • Use the age to calculate the approximate birth year.
  • Record the names of the family members listed in the document, and then search for a record of other family members. This will help you complete the picture, or possibly get more people and relationships that connect to your family tree.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same or a nearby area.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.

Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Manitoba Probate Records, 1871-1930." Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Surrogate Court. Provincial Archives, Winnipeg.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Probate Records, 1871-1930 Manitoba Probate Records, 1871-1930.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Manitoba Probate Records, 1871-1930.

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