Saskatchewan Church Records

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Denominations[edit | edit source]

Christian sub-affiliation (2011):[1]

  • Roman Catholic 41.0%
  • United Church 18.5
  • Lutheran 8.8%
  • Anglican 7.5%
  • Baptist 2.2%
  • Pentecostal 2.2%
  • Orthodox 1.8%
  • Presbyterian 1.1%
  • Other Christian 16.9%

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]

Ancestry.com, FindMyPast.com, and MyHeritage.com 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!

FamilySearch[edit | edit source]

Ancestry.com[edit | edit source]

Catholic[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, Saskatchewan.
b. Click on Places within Canada, Saskatchewan 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.


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.

Archives[edit | edit source]

Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan
3303 Hillsdale Street
Regina, SK
Canada
Phone: 306-787-4068

Mailing Address: Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, P.O. Box 1665, Regina SK S4P 3C6, Canada

  • Enquiry Form
  • Church Records
    • The Provincial Archives has in its custody many original and microfilm copies of parish registers. Most of these are from United, Anglican and Presbyterian churches in the province, but other denominations such as Catholic and Lutheran are represented as well.
    • For the most part, access to the records of the United, Anglican and Presybterian churches is subject to the permission of the Conference or of the Diocese; the researcher must contact the appropriate church body first.
  • Online Catalogue
    • It is recommended that you consult with Provincial Archives reference staff regarding your research interests, since many resources available at the Provincial Archives are not yet described in our database.
  • Family History Research
    • For projects requiring detailed or extensive research, you may need to visit the Archives in person or consider hiring a professional researcher to undertake research on your behalf. For information about genealogical research services offered by the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, visit www.saskgenealogy.com.

Anglican[edit | edit source]

Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle Archives
St. Cuthbert's House
1501 College Avenue
Regina, SK S4P 1B8
Canada
Telephone: 306-585-0390


Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon Archives
P.O. Box 1965
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3S5
Canada

  • The Archive is stored in two locations: within the Archive Room of the Diocesan Synod Offices, Saskatoon and within the Provincial Archives Board offices in Regina. All diocesan registers are stored at the Saskatoon location.
  • The Diocesan Archivist, upon request for specific information, will search the archived records and can supply information either as simple information, as copies of documents or a new signed and sealed Certificates of Baptism, Confirmation, Burial, and Baptism
  • The Archive will conduct searches of its registers and other files and will produce information at the cost of $5.00/instance (first instance free); $5.00/page; $10.00/page or entry in a register or $25.00 for the issuance of new signed and sealed Certificates of Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage or Burial. For information concerning the Diocesan Archive or to request a search of the Archive, please contact the Diocesan Archivist, the Rev. Peter Coolen at ptrcoolen@sasktel.net or 306 (244-0935) (as of 3 August 2020).

Anglican Diocese of Saskatchewan Archives
P.O. Box 1088
2030 - 2nd Avenue West
Prince Albert, SK S6V 5S6
CANADA
Telephone: 306-763-2455
Fax: 306-764-5172


Catholic[edit | edit source]

Archdiocese of Reginabr>2522 Retallack Street
Regina, SK S4T 2L3
Canada

  • The Archives is not available for genealogical research. Baptismal records are usually maintained by the parish concerned. Please contact our reception desk for information relating to baptismal records kept at the Archdiocesan office; 306-352-1651 or email reception@archregina.sk.ca
  • Parish List

Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert Archives
1415 - 4th Avenue West
Prince Albert, SK S6V 5H1
Canada
E-mail: archives@padiocese.ca
Phone: 306-922-4747 ext 236
Fax: 306-922-4754


Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon
106 - 5th Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK S7K 2N7
Canada
Telephone: 306-242-7831


Lutheran[edit | edit source]

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada—Saskatchewan Synod
707-601 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G8
Canada
Telephone: 306-244-2474


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


United Church of Canada[edit | edit source]

United Church of Canada Living Skies Region Archives
If you are looking for information about a particular baptism, marriage, burial or membership, please send your request in writing to:
Postal address:
Living Skies Region Archives
The United Church of Canada
c/o Lakeview United Church
3200 McCallum Avenue
Regina, SK S4S 0R8 Canada
E-mail: livingskiesarchives@united-church.ca

  • The Archives holds records of Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregational Churches within Saskatchewan prior to 1925, and of the United Church of Canada after 1925. Holdings include those records created by local congregations such as registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials; historic membership rolls and communion rolls; general membership lists; etc.

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.


 

  1. "Statistics Canada: Religion for the Population in Private Households of Canada, National Household Survey, Statistics Canada, 2019, url=https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/dp-pd/dt-td/Rp-eng.cfm?, accessed July 16, 2019.