Saskatchewan Provincial Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987 .
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Saskatchewan,  Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Various Provincial Records
Collection years 1879-1987
Languages English
Title in the Language
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, Regina


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records from 1879 to 1987. The records at this time include only Homestead Files from 1908 to 1910. More records will be added as they become available. Once completed, this collection will contain the following records:

  • Military Records
  • Voters Lists
  • Land Records
  • School Records
  • Municipal Records
  • Pioneer Questionnaires
  • Henderson Directories
  • Biographies
  • Homestead Records

This collection was created to establish what lands had been sold to homesteaders and what lands were still available. Homesteads granted to settlers were 160 acres of land, and required a $10.00 fee for the Letters Patent. Males 18 years or older, or a male or female head of a family, could apply. Before receiving a title to the land, settlers had to file evidence to the Provincial Land Titles Office that they were British subjects by birth or naturalization. Dominion Land Acts set out provisions and options for lands regarding 'Pre-emption', 'proving' or purchasing a quarter section. The only records available in this collection at this time are Homestead Files from 1908 to 1910. If your ancestor homesteaded during this time, these records may give information such as children and adults living in the home, or place of birth. These records may be key to proving relationships and verifying an ancestor's residence place.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987.


What Can these Records Tell Me?

Provincial records usually contain the following information:

  • Number of female adults in family
  • Number of male adults in family
  • Number of children under 12 years old in family
  • Last place of residence
  • Country of birth
  • Previous occupation of father

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:

  1. Select "Record Type, Date Range and Volume"

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  • It may be useful to check out Saskatchewan Archives Board to see if there are other records that may be of interest to you.

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

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Saskatchewan, Canada Genealogy.
  • Search in the Saskatchewan Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog

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:

"Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Department of the Interior, Dominion Lands Branch. Saskatchewan Archives, Regina.

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 Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987.


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