Canada, Lutheran Church Archives (National Institute)

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There are two principal Lutheran groups in Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada and the Lutheran Church-Canada (formerly Missouri Synod). While many churches retain their own records, there are sometimes archives as part of seminaries which hold congregational records also.

There are two Evangelical Lutheran seminaries in Canada:

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5
Telephone: (519) 884-0710


The substantial Lutheran archives are housed at Wilfrid Laurier University. See their Special Collections page.


Lutheran Theological Seminary
(affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan)
114 Seminary Crescent
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0X3
Telephone: (306) 966-7850


The Lutheran Church—Canada also has two seminaries in Canada:

Concordia Lutheran Seminary
470 Glenridge Avenue
St Catharines, Ontario L2T 4C3
Telephone: (905) 688-2362

The East District archives are located here, and the archivist has been able to secure East District churches’ archives which had been housed in the United States and move them here.

Concordia Lutheran Seminary
7040 Ada Boulevard
Edmonton, Alberta T5B 4E3
Telephone: (780) 474-1468
Email:deansoffice@concordiasem.ab.ca

Early Lutheran church records are in German and often in Gothic script. Some experience with both the language and the handwriting is necessary for interpreting the registers.


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