Manitoba Church Records

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As civil registration of vital statistics was not generally practiced in Canada until provincial governments took responsibility in the late nineteenth century, church records may be consulted for birth, death, or marriage information prior to 1882.

  • Civil registration of vital statistics was not generally practiced in Canada until provincial governments took responsibility in the late nineteenth century.
  • The first Catholic parish was founded at Red River in 1818 by two priests. The Church of England (Anglican) began in the same area in 1820.
  • The Methodists were established at Rossville in 1840.
  • The Presbyterians first arrived in Assiniboin in 1851.
  • Baptists, Lutherans, and Mennonites were established in Manitoba in the 1870s as a result of the arrival of large numbers of Germanic and Slavic immigrants.
  • The Congregationalists, Methodists, and some of the Presbyterians were combined in 1925 to form the United Church of Canada.

A few Church of England, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and United Church of Canada registers are available on microfilm at the Provincial Archives. The Church of England registers are indexed to 1900. For a complete list of Church of England, Roman Catholic, and Presbyterian registers held by the Provincial Archives see “Genealogical Sources in the Province of Manitoba,” Genealogical Journal 8:98.

Copies of various parish registers and other church records may be found in the National Archives of Canada and at the Family History Library.  The Family History Library website is:

Many records prior to 1884 as well as most records since then are still located in various parishes and congregations. For more information on the location and availability of these church records, contact Vital Statistics Consumer and Corporate Affairs or contact the appropriate denomination.

Diocese of Rupert’s Land
935 Nesbitt Bay
Winnipeg, MB R3T 1W6
Telephone: 204-992-4200

The Canadian Baptist Archives
McMaster Divinity College
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
Telephone: 905-525-9140

Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada
C116 - 123 Doncaster Street
Winnipeg, MB R3N 2B2
Phone: 204-477-7461
Fax: 204-477-7465

Lutheran Historical Institute
7100 Ada Boulevard
Edmonton, AB T5B 4E4
Telephone: 780-474-8156
Fax: 780-477-9829

Mennonite Heritage Centre
600 Shaftesbury Boulevard
Winnipeg, MB R3P 0M4
Telephone: 204-888-6781
Fax: 204-831-5675

Archives of the Ukrainian Canadian Experience
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Telephone: 204-474-7967
Fax: 204-474-7913

The Presbyterian Church in Canada
50 Wynford Drive
Toronto, ON M3C 1J7
Phone: 800-619-7301
Phone: 416-441-1111
Fax: 416-441-2825

Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Winnipeg
Catholic Centre
1495 Pembina Highway
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2C6
Phone: 204-452-2227
Fax: 204-453-8179

Archdiocese of St. Boniface
151 Avenue de la Cathédrale
St. Boniface, MB R2H 0H6
Phone: 204-237-9851
Fax: 204-231-2652

United Church of Canada Archives
Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Archives
The University of Winnipeg Library
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9
Telephone: 204-783-0708
Fax: 204-786-1824
(An appointment is recommended.)