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Research: Manitoba Ancestors
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Permanent settlement in Manitoba began in the early 1800s. This course will demonstrate how the records created by the Hudson’s Bay Company, the Dominion, provincial, and municipal governments help the researcher trace ancestors in Manitoba. Emphasis will be placed on how to access the records and how to use them effectively.

Although the focus will be on the major government and religious records, the course will demonstrate how to supplement these records by using land records, local newspapers, cemetery records, and community, school. and church histories. Other important resources to be discussed are the collections and programs of genealogical, historical, and ethnic societies in Manitoba.

Course Content

Module 1
The Basics
• The Research Plan - The 5W Approach
• Copyright
• The Internet
• Recording Your Findings
• Code of Ethics
Locating Places in Manitoba
• Gazetteers
• Maps
• Current Maps
Major Research Centres
• Archives
• Libraries
Key Websites of Interest
• Helpful Websites Not Identified Elsewhere

Module 2
Ethnic Settlement & Immigration Records
Ethnic Settlement
Canadian Immigration Records
• Passenger Lists
• Internet Immigration Programs & Lists
• Border Crossing Records
• Home Children, 1869-1932
• Immigrants from the Russian Empire
• Naturalization and Citizenship
• Alternate Sources to Find Immigrants to Manitoba

Module 3
Land Records
Crown Land Records 1870-1930
• Dominion Land Survey
• Understanding the Terms
• How to Read and Find Western Canada's Land Descriptions
• How the Crown Land Was Allocated
Homestead Land
• Documents in the Homestead File and How They Help Genealogists
• Other Papers That May Be Found in a Homestead File
Crown Land Records at the Archives of Manitoba
Hudson’s Bay Company Land
• Hudson’s Bay Company Farm Lands Register of Sales
Railway Lands 1879-1896
School Lands 1872-1930
Manitoba Act 1870
Colonization Companies 1881-1890
Land Grants to Veterans of South African (Boer) War 1898-1913
Soldier Settlement Act, 1917 and 1919
Manitoba Land Titles
• The Old System
• The New System
• Manitoba Land Titles Offices

Module 4
Vital Records & Alternates
Vital Statistics
Church Records
• Anglican Churches
• Baptist Church
• Jewish Religious Records
• Lutheran Churches
• Mennonite Church
• Methodist Church
• Orthodox Church
• Presbyterian Church in Canada
• Roman Catholic Church
• United Church of Canada
Cemetery Records
Funeral Homes
Newspapers & Newspaper Indexes
• Local Histories
• School, Church & Organization Histories

Module 5
Census & Census Substitutes
Census Records
• Pre-1870 Census Records
• 1870 Census of Manitoba
• 1881 Census of Canada – Manitoba
• 1891 Census of Canada – Manitoba
• 1901 Census of Canada – Manitoba
• Census of the Northwest Provinces, 1906
• 1911 Census of Canada – Manitoba
• Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1916 – Manitoba
• 1921 Census of Canada
• Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1926 – Manitoba
• 1931 Census of Canada
Census Substitutes
• Inventory of Archival Material
• Directories
• Assessment and Tax Rolls
• School Registers
• Voters’ Lists
• National Registration File of 1940
• Surveys

Module 6
Court & Military Records
Manitoba Court Records
• Manitoba Justice
• Provincial Court
• Court of Queen's Bench
Military Records
• Red River Rebellion (1870)
• Veterans of the North West Rebellion 1885
• Veterans of the South African (Boer War) 1898-1913
• World War 1
• Post World War 1 Records

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