Yukon Church Records

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Denominations[edit | edit source]

The 2011 National Household Survey reported that 49.9% of Yukoners reported having no religious affiliation, the highest percentage in Canada. The most frequently reported religious affiliation was Christianity, reported by 46.2% of residents. Of these, the most common denominations were the Catholic Church (39.6%), the Anglican Church of Canada (17.8%) and the United Church of Canada (9.6%).Wikipedia

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 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, Yukon.
b. Click on Places within Canada, Yukon 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.

Anglican[edit | edit source]

Diocese of New Westminster and the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and the Yukon Archives
Diocese of New Westminster
1410 Nanton Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6H 2E2
Phone: 604-684-6306 x 230
E-mail: mriley@vancouver.anglican.ca

Housed at the Yukon Territorial Archives

Yukon Territorial Archives
Box 2703
Whitehorse, YT. Y1A 2C6 Canada
Phone: 867-667-5321
Fax: 867-393-6253
Archives e-mail: yukon.archives@gov.yk.ca

Catholic[edit | edit source]

Diocese of Whitehorse
St. Kateri Pastoral Centre
5119 - 5th Ave.
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 1L5
Email: executiveassistant@whitehorsediocese.ca
​Fax: 867-667-4713
Phone: (867) 667-2052

  • Parishes Contact the local parish with inquiries for information.

United Church of Canada[edit | edit source]

Pacific Mountain Regional Council Archives
4383 Rumble Street
Burnaby, BC
V5J 2A2 Canada

Mailing address: Mailing Address: P.O Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall,Richmond, BC, Canada, V6X 3T6
Phone: 1-800-934-0434 (toll free in BC) Local phone: 604-431-0434 Fax: 604-431-0439

  • Research Services
    • If you are conducting personal research and are unable to visit the Archives, you may contact a professional researcher who, for a fee, will assist in more extensive searches. Professional researchers work independently and are not members of the archival staff. All arrangements, including fees, are between the person making the inquiry and the professional researcher. Please refer to the list of private researchers that appears on the British Columbia Genealogical Society website.

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.