Saskatchewan Archives and Libraries
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Archives collect and preserve original documents of organizations, the provincial archives is dedicated to provincial government organizations, city archives to municipal affairs, and University archives to university personnel and records. Most archives and libraries house records of local residents including biographies, family histories, photographs and local histories. Additionally church records, school files, newspapers, and passengers lists are also available. Additionally resources are available about nearby places contained in maps, gazetteers, and place-finding aids. Reference helps and special indexes are available for important local sources. When paying a visit to an archive or a library, visit their website, contact them and ask for information on their collection, hours, services, and fees.
The Family History Library has copies of some records of these archives and they have recently come online and are available for free. The Family Search Center has available documents of the Saskatchewan Provincial Archives dated between 1879-1987. Among these 767,737 images are pioneer questionnaires, biographies, military and municipal records, teacher registries, voter lists, homestead files and Henderson's Directories.
The following archives, and libraries have collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers:
National Libraries and Archives
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N3
The Saskatchewan Archives Board has one location.
- Saskatchewan Archives Board - Regina Office University of Regina 3303 Hillsdale Street ! NOTE moving to 2440 Broad Street ! Mailing Address:P.O. Box 1665 Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3C6 Telephone: 306-787-4068
- CLOSED Saskatchewan Archives Board - Saskatoon Office All branches of the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan are closed. All record holdings are now located in the City of Regina
- Library Directory Saskatchewan Libraries
- Encore! Search the above Provincial *Saskatchewan Libraries Book Catalogue
Other Libraries and Archives
Other archives and libraries that may be useful include:
- Statistics Canada
R.H. Coats Building, Tunney's Pasture
Ottawa, ON K1A 0T6
- Registrar of Estates and Wills, Regina Courthouse
2425 Victoria Avenue
Regina, SK S4P 3V7
- Family History Library
35 N. West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3400
Most microfilms available at the library can also be distributed to its Family History Centers. A current list of Family History Centers in your area can be obtained from the Family History Library or at Find a FamilySearch Center FamilySearch.Org
- Association of Canadian Archivists
Box 2596, Station D
Ottawa, ON K1P 5W6
Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards
Computers with modems can be useful tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial on-line services help family history researchers:
- Post queries.
- Send and receive E-mail.
- Search large databases.
- Search computer libraries.
- Join in computer chat and lecture sessions.
You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Saskatchewan in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.
Addresses on the Internet change frequently. As of September 1997, the following sites are important gateways linking you to many more network and bulletin board sites:
Saskatchewan Online Records
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county and province.
Canadian Genealogy Resources
Lists county, provincial, and national sources; personal pages; and publications.
A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.
The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.