Manitoba Church Records

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Historical Background[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Information Found in the Records[edit | edit source]

To effectively use church records, become familiar with their content. Click on these links to learn about a specific record type:

Finding the Records[edit | edit source]

Look for online records.[edit | edit source],, and can be searched free of charge at your local family history center or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Online databases are incomplete. This can lead to two common errors:

  1. Near matches: Researchers might mistakenly accept an entry very similar to their ancestor, thinking it is the only one available. Only use information that matches your ancestor in date, place, relationships, and other details.
  2. Stopping research: Researchers might assume the database proves church records do not exist. Actually the record is still out there, just not in this incomplete collection of records. Keep searching!

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

Methodist[edit | edit source]

Look for digital copies of church records listed in the FamilySearch Catalog.[edit | edit source]

Family History Library
Salt Lake City, Utah
  • The Family History Library (FHL) has microfilmed and/or digitized records for churches in the Canada.
  • Online church records can be listed in the FamilySearch Catalog under the province or a town.
  • If you find a record that has not yet been digitized, see How do I request that a microfilm be digitized?
  • Some records might have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at a Family History Center near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations.
  • To find records:
a. Click on the records of Canada, Manitoba.
b. Click on Places within Canada, Manitoba and a list of towns will appear.
c. Click on your town or the town where the church was, if different.
d. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the listing for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the record is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the records.

Consult available finding aids.[edit | edit source]

These aids generally provide lists of records that are known to exist and information on their location.

Correspond with or visit the actual churches.[edit | edit source]

Some records are still held in the local churches. Contact the current minister to find out what records are still available.

  • Make an appointment to look at the records. Or ask the minister of the church to make a copy of the record for you.
  • To find church staff available, you might have to visit on Sunday.
  • Ask for small searches at a time, such as one birth record or a specific marriage. Never ask for "everything on a family or surname".
  • A donation ($25-$40) for their time and effort to help you would be appropriate.
  • If the church has a website, you may be able to e-mail a message.
  • See the Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy for help with composing letters.

Addresses[edit | edit source]

Check the church records collections in archives and libraries.[edit | edit source]

Some church records have been deposited for preservation in government archives or in libraries. Watch for links to digitized, online records offered by the archives. Some archives provide research services for a fee. For others, if you cannot visit in person, you might hire a researcher.

Here you will find archive information unique to the province. Many more archives are kept by denomination. For denominational archives, go to Searching for Church Records by Denomination.

Provincial Archives[edit | edit source]

Archives of Manitoba
130-200 Vaughan St.
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1T5
Telephone: 204-945-3971
Toll Free (Manitoba only): 1-800-617-3588

Library and Archives Canada[edit | edit source]

Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0N4
Service Points Outside Ottawa

Telephone: 613-996-5115 or 1-866-578-7777 (toll-free in Canada and the United States)
TTY: 613-992-6969 or 1-866-299-1699 (toll-free in Canada)
Fax: 613-995-6274

Centre du patrimoine[edit | edit source]

Centre du patrimoine
340 boul. Provencher St.
Boniface, Manitoba R2H 0G7
Telephone: (204) 233-4888

Managed by the Société historique de Saint-Boniface, the oldest francophone historical society of Western Canada, the Centre du patrimoine is an archives and research centre dedicated to preserving, studying, disseminating and promoting the francophone and Métis history of Manitoba and Western Canada.
The genealogical research section holds publications of indexes and microfilms of baptisms, marriages and burials of Quebec and Western Canada parishes. A large vertical file collection on persons or families is also available. A number of databases provide access to indexes of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and some State parish registers, voyageur contracts, some censuses, photographs and archival materials.

Anglican Churches[edit | edit source]

Anglican Diocese of Brandon
Synod Office
403 13th St
Brandon, MB R7A 4P9
Phone: 204-727-7550
Fax: 204-727-4135

This diocese, which was created in 1913, covers the western third of the province

The Anglican Diocese of Keewatin was formed in 1902. It ceased to exist as of July 31, 2014 after the creation of the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh. The territory of the diocese included north western Ontario and Eastern Manitoba. Some parishes in the southern Ontario region were transferred to the Diocese of Rupert’s Land. The Diocese of Keewatin fonds. — 1846-2014 (50 m textual records and other material) are stored dat the General Synod Archives.
The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 3G2 Canada
Phone: (416) 924-9192

Diocese of Rupert’s Land Archives
935 Nesbitt Bay
Winnipeg, MB R3T 1W6
Phone: 204-992-4203
Fax: 204-992-4219

This was the first diocese in Manitoba, dating from 1820, when it covered most of what is now Western Canada but today covers central southern Manitoba.

Mennonite Records[edit | edit source]

Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives
600 Shaftesbury Boulevard
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 0M4
Telephone: (204) 888-6781

  • The archives have personal and congregation collections. Browse holdings list in the left sidebar.

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies in Canada
1310 Taylor Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 3Z6
Phone: (888) 669-6575 (Toll-free) or (204) 669-6575
Fax: (204) 654-1865

Methodist Records[edit | edit source]

United Church of Canada Archives
Conference of Manitoba Northwestern Ontario & All Native Circle Conference
The Archives and Record Centre
5th Floor Library
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9
Phone: 204-783-0708

Roman Catholic Church[edit | edit source]

151, de la Cathédrale Avenue
Winnipeg MB R2H 0H6
Telephone: 204-237-9851

When someone requests a certificate for Church-related purposes, the fee at the Archdiocese is $15. However, when the certificate or information is needed for other purposes, the fee is $75. This fee pays for the research process, but does not guarantee results. Parishes may charge less. Please contact Jeannine, the Chancery assistant, to request a certificate from a closed parish.

Archdiocese of Keewatin-LePas Archives
76 First Street West
P.O. Box 270
The Pas, Manitoba R9A 1K4
Phone: (204) 623-6152 ext 3
Fax: (204) 623-6121

Archdiocese of Winnipeg Archives
1495 Pembina Highway
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2C6
Telephone: (204) 452-2227

Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church[edit | edit source]

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

United Church of Canada[edit | edit source]

Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario - United Church of Canada
University of Winnipeg Library
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9
Telephone: 204-783-0708
By appointment only

  • The archive holds records of Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches within the region prior to 1925, and of the United Church of Canada after 1925.

Go to the Wiki article for your ancestors' denomination to find more archives.[edit | edit source]

There are frequently additional, nationwide or regional archives for each denomination. Find the article for your ancestors' denomination and follow the instructions there to access these sources. This is especially important if local archives are not given above.

Wiki Articles for Records of Major Churches in Canada

Correspond with genealogical or historical societies.[edit | edit source]

Some church records have been given to historical societies. Also, historical societies may be able to tell you where the records are being held. To find a society near you, consult these lists:

Carefully compare any record you find to known facts about the ancestor[edit | edit source]

You will possibly find many different people with the same name as your ancestor, especially when a family stayed in a locality for several generations, and several children were named after the grandparents or aunts and uncles. Be prepared to find the correct church records by organizing in advance as many of these exact details about the ancestor as possible:

  • name, including middle name and maiden name
  • names of all spouses, including middle and maiden name
  • exact or closely estimated dates of birth, marriage, and death
  • names and approximate birthdates of children
  • all known places of residence
  • occupations
  • military service details

Dark thin font green pin Version 4.pngCarefully evaluate the church records you find to make sure you have really found records for your ancestor and not just a "near match". If one or more of the details do not line up, be careful about accepting the entry as your ancestor. There are guiding principles for deciding how to resolve discrepancies between records that are seemingly close. For more instruction in evaluating evidence, read the Wiki article, Evaluate the Evidence.

References[edit | edit source]