Manitoba Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Manitoba, Church Records, 1800-1959
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|Flag of Canada|
|Flag of Manitoba|
|Location of Manitoba, Canada|
|Record Type||Census Index|
|Title in the Language||Manitoba, Registres de l'Église|
|Provincial Archives of Manitoba|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?
This collection contains church records for the years 1800-1959. These records contain baptisms, marriages, deaths, and other records from some Catholic, Lutheran, and Unitarian parishes in Manitoba. The Lutheran records from Bifrost, Gimli, and Winnepeg are written in English but consist mainly of people from Iceland and an understanding of Scandanavian naming conventions is helpful in researching your ancestors. The Catholic records from Brochet, St. Eustache, and St. Francis Xavier are mainly written in French and an understanding of the naming patterns will be helpful in researching your ancestors. The Winnepeg Unitarian records are partially written in English and partially in the Icelandic language. Canadian church records began in the 1620s in Quebec with French Catholic Records. These early records were kept according to a 16th-century French law. English-language church records begin in 1749 in Nova Scotia with Church of England records. Canada had French citizens until 1763, so most Protestant records begin much later. Church records were kept at the local parish of the church. A parish is a local congregation that may include many villages. Your ancestor may have lived in a village and belonged to a parish in a nearby larger town.
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Reading These Records
Many of these records are in French. For help with reading the records, see the following resources:
- French Handwriting
- French Wordlist
- France Language and Languages
- Icelandic Word List
- Scandinavian Given Names
To Browse This Collection
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The name of a relative or date of the event
Search the IndexSearch by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
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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.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the age or estimated birthdate to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records
- Use the information found in the record to find land, probate, and immigration records
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Manitoba.
Citing This Collection
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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