Alberta Civil Registration
|Alberta Wiki Topics|
|Local Research Resources|
- 1 Online Records
- 2 Books
- 3 Introduction
- 4 Contents
- 5 Provincial Archives of Alberta
- 6 Divorce
- 7 Adoption
- 8 Tip:Why might it be better to look for the death record of an ancestor first?
Online Records[edit | edit source]
- 1870-1942 Alberta Marriage Record Indexes, 1870-1942 at Alberta Provincial Archives
- 1870-1967 Alberta Stillbirth Record Indexes, 1870-1967 at Alberta Provincial Archives
- 1870-1896 Alberta, Canada, Births Index, 1870-1896 at Ancestry - index ($)
- 1870-1968 Alberta, Canada, Deaths Index, 1870-1968 at Ancestry - index ($)
- 1877-1896 Alberta Birth Record Indexes, 1877-1896 at Alberta Provincial Archives
- 1898-1942 Alberta, Canada, Marriages Index,1898-1942 at Ancestry - index ($)
- 1914-1944 Alberta Death Record Indexes, 1914-1944 at Alberta Provincial Archives
Books[edit | edit source]
- Alberta, formerly a part of the North-West Territories : index to registration of births, marriages and deaths Records from the time when Alberta was still part of the Northwest Territories. WorldCat
Introduction[edit | edit source]
- Vital records are birth, marriage, and death records maintained by civil authorities. Civil governments have created records of births, marriages, and deaths.
- Records containing this information are commonly called "vital records," because they refer to critical events in a person's life. These are the most important documents for genealogical research, although the births, marriages, and deaths of many people have never been recorded by civil authorities.
- Alberta began province-wide registration of births, marriages, and deaths in 1898, which was generally complied with by 1930. There are a few records of births between 1870 and 1890.
Contents[edit | edit source]
This table tells you the genealogical information contained in birth, marriage, and death records.
Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]
Provincial Archives of Alberta[edit | edit source]
Birth, marriage, and death records are available beginning in 1870, although reliable coverage began more in 1898.
- The Provincial Archives of Alberta provides access to:
- birth records that are 120 years or older (from the date of birth)
- marriage records that are 75 years or older (from the date of marriage)
- death records that are 50 years or older (from the date of death)
- stillbirth records that are 75 years or older (from the date of stillbirth)
- The Provincial Archives of Alberta provides access to:
Indexes[edit | edit source]
Before requesting a record, find your ancestor in the index and copy down the reference number:
Requesting and Purchasing a Record[edit | edit source]
- Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Records at the Provincial Archives of Alberta--instructions for online requests.
- When requesting the record for genealogical purposes, be sure to request a certified photocopy of a registration of birth (long form).
Registry Offices[edit | edit source]
Records too recent to be obtained from the Archives have privacy restrictions. These can still be obtained if you are able to show that the individual is deceased and that you are an eligible next of kin (parent, sibling, children or spouse).
Divorce[edit | edit source]
From 1840 to 1968, divorces in Canada were granted by the Parliament of Canada. From 1867 to 1968, anyone wanting a divorce had to place a notice of intent in newspapers. A petition was submitted to Parliament with details, including the place and date of marriage. Parliament then passed an Act of Divorce granting the divorce.
- Canada Parliamentary Marriage and Divorces, 1867-1919 index, at Ancestry.com ($)
- "This database includes the names of the spouses, places of residence at the time of the marriage and divorce, other marriages (if noted), and dates of marriage and divorce (the date when the act became law) for divorce acts from this period. The original records may include additional information such as other places of residence, occupations, additional court action taken, and number of children (and occasionally their names or genders), if any. The very restrictive grounds for the cost of a divorce made them quite rare; the records are, however, worth obtaining when they apply".
Library and Archives Canada Database of Divorce Records[edit | edit source]
- Acts of Divorce, 1841-1968 Instructions Index
- Search Database Index
- After finding the reference in the index, find the divorce in the Acts of Parliament. See the chart at How to obtain copies of divorce acts for a list of parliamentary records with links to libraries holding their microfilms.
Senate of Canada[edit | edit source]
- The Senate of Canada holds the original divorce files, but they are closed to the public under privacy legislation. You can obtain a certified copy of a divorce act for legal purposes from them:
Senate of Canada
Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel
40 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4
Adoption[edit | edit source]
- Alberta Post Adoption Registry and Post Guardianship services
- Adoption Reunion Services
- Exchange information between adoptive and birth families
Tip:Why might it be better to look for the death record of an ancestor first?[edit | edit source]
- Your ancestor's death is more recent than his birth or marriage. It is usually best to work from recent events backward, from the known to the unknown.
- Death records exist for many persons born before birth and marriage records began. Death records may contain birth and marriage information not available anywhere else.
- Death records may contain birth, marriage, and burial information as well as death information.
- The death record usually tells you where your ancestor last lived. Then you can look for other records for that place.
- The death record may lead you to other documents created in connection with the death, such as the burial and probate of your ancestor. Those records may give new family information.
- "Canada Parliamentary Marriage and Divorces, 1867-1919," at Ancestry.com, https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/5776/, accessed 29 Noovember 2020.