Northwest Territories Births - What else you can try
This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find birth information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the birth section of the Northwest Territories Guided Research page.
Additional Online Resources
Additional Databases and Online Resources
Images Only (Browsable Images)
Currently, there are no browsable-only collections.
How to Request the Record When It's Not Online
Territory-wide registration for births started in 1925.
To learn more about record limitations and restrictions, see the article Northwest Territories Vital Records.
To order birth records, contact:
- Registrar General of Vital Statistics
Health Services Administration Office
Department of Health and Social Services
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
NOTE: Birth records are confidential. Only the person named on the certificate, the listed parents, or a direct descendant may order a birth certificate. See Who can order a birth certificate? for more information.
Additional Records with Birth Information
Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for birth events may not have been created at the time of the birth. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.
|Use these substitute records to locate birth information about your ancestor:|
|Why to search the records|
|Death records may include the birthdate or age of the deceased. With the age, a birthdate can be approximated. Click on the link to the left to return to the "Death" page.|
|The Northwest Territories can be found in Canada censuses from 1881 to 1921. Census records often give ages of the recorded individuals, allowing researchers to calculate birth years.|
|Baptism records occasionally provide a birthdate. In addition, a death or burial record may include an age that can approximate a birthdate. To access church records, first determine the denomination.|
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Tips for finding births
Successfully finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:
- Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
- Search parents. Search for the parents, if known, as the child's first name may not be on the birth record.
- Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth.
- Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
- Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
- Search territory. Search using the territory name only instead of by smaller locality.
Why the Record may not Exist
Known Record Gaps
- 1925 Civil registration for births began. Before 1925, births and baptisms may be found in church records.