Manitoba Civil Registration

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Civil Registration--Vital Records--Vital Statistics

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Introduction[edit | edit source]

Civil registration of births, deaths, and marriages began in 1882 in Manitoba. Because many individuals in the early years of registration did not comply, the records are somewhat incomplete up to around 1920.

Some births, marriages, and deaths not recorded in vital records may be in church records.

Effective January 1, 2003, The Vital Statistics Act was proclaimed providing unrestricted access to some records. Restrictions will still apply for the following records:

  • Births less than 100 years ago
  • Marriages less than 80 years ago
  • Deaths less than 70 years ago


If either the party concerned or the immediate next of kin (spouse, children, parents, or siblings) are living, written proof of their consent to release the requested information is to be attached to the application.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Many records are available online at the Manitoba Vital Statistics Agency. Indexes are available for births more than 100 years ago, marriages more than 80 years ago, and deaths more than 70 years ago. Records later than these years are restricted. The indexes contain limited information. To search: Manitoba Vital Records Index Search. To see all of the information on a record, it must be ordered from the website.

Note: In the case of Births, clicking "Detail View" will normally show the maiden name of the mother.

For a guide to online searches for vital statistics, click here.

How to Access All Records[edit | edit source]

Images and complete indexes of these vital records are not available online. The indexes on Manitoba Vital Records Index Search only list limited information found on the record. In order to see all of the information or the actual image, the record must be ordered from the Manitoba Statistics Agency website. This is done by finding the record in the index and then selecting "Add to Cart". After adding every desired record to the cart, print the order form, fill in the address and payment information, and mail or fax it into the Vital Statistics Agency. Each record is $12.00.

The address to the Manitoba Vital Statistics Agency:

254 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB
R3C 0B6
Canada
Phone: 204-945-3701
Fax: 204-948-3128
Email: vitalstats@gov.mb.ca

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Between 1920 and 1983, divorce records were kept at the King’s Bench court offices of the province. Since 1983, all divorce records over 25 years old from each of the offices outside Winnipeg or 40 years old in the Winnipeg Eastern Judicial District are being transferred to the Provincial Archives. These records are indexed.

"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".[1]

 

  1. "Canada Parliamentary Marriage and Divorces, 1867-1919," at Ancestry.com, https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/5776/, accessed 29 Noovember 2020.