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Research: Saskatchewan Ancestors
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Saskatchewan was part of the North West Territories from 1870 until it became a province in 1905. During this period the land was surveyed and railways were built to bring settlers to the west. To encourage settlement the government of Canada passed the Dominion Land Act in 1871. Under the act a one hundred and sixty acres of land was offered as a free homestead to males 21 years of age or to women who were the sole support for their family.

Many people came from other areas in Canada, the United States, the British Isles and Europe to take up homesteads. Before beginning research in Saskatchewan the researcher should establish a research plan noting whom they are searching for, when the family was in Saskatchewan, where they lived, and what they were doing in the province. This enables the researcher to see what records the family may have created in Saskatchewan. This course will help you learn about the major record centres, libraries and societies that can help you find and use the records you need to trace Saskatchewan ancestors. The assignment part of the course will involve using many of the websites to find which original documents you will need to the answer your research problems.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
 
The Basics
•The Research Plan - the 5 W Approach
•Freedom of Information-Access to Information and Privacy Acts
•Copyright
•The Internet
•Recording Your Findings
•Code of Ethics
 
Locating Places in Saskatchewan Using Gazetteers, Maps and Atlases
•Gazetteers
•Maps
•Historical Maps of Saskatchewan
•Cummins Rural Directory Maps
•Fire Insurance Plans
•Current Maps
 
Major Research Centres to Find Ancestors
•Archives
•University Archives
•City and Town Archives
 
Church Archives
•Anglican Church
•Lutheran Church
•Mennonite Church
•Roman Catholic
•Presbyterian Church
•United Church
 
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Archives and Museum
 
Libraries
•University and Institute Libraries
•Genealogical Society Libraries
 
Family History Centers
Additional Resources
 

Module 2
Ethnic Settlement & Immigration Records
Early Settlement
•Research Sources
 
Settlement in the North-West Territories
Settlement Websites
 
Canadian Immigration Records
•Passenger Lists
 
Internet Immigration Programs and Lists
•Border Crossing Records
•Home Children, 1869-1930
•Immigrants from the Russian Empire
•Naturalization and Citizenship
•Alternate Sources to Find Immigrants to Saskatchewan
 

Module 3
Land Records
 
Crown Land Records 1870-1930
•The Dominion Land Survey
•How to Read and Find Western Canada's Land Descriptions
 
Homestead Land
•Homestead Documents & How They Help Genealogists
 
Crown Land Records at Archives of Saskatchewan
 
Crown Land Records at Library & Archives Canada
•Land Grants of Western Canada, 1870-1930
•Hudsonís Bay Company Land
•Railway Lands 1879-1896
•School Lands 1872-1930
•Land Grants to Veterans of South African War 1898-1913
•Land Grants to Veterans of World War 1 1917-1924
•Soldier Settlement Act, 1917 and 1919
•Colonization Companies 1881-1890
 
Saskatchewan Land Titles
•The Old System
•The New System
•Accessing Saskatchewan Land Titles
 

Module 4
Census & Census Substitutes
 
Census Records
•1881 Census Canada - North West Territories
•1891 Census of Canada - The Territories
•1901 Census of Canada - The Territories
•Nominal
•Agricultural
•Census of the Northwest Provinces, 1906
•1911 Census of Canada Ė Saskatchewan
•Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1916
•1921 Census of Canada
 
Other Census Records
•Hudsonís Bay Company Records
•Census of Doukhobors in Saskatchewan 1905, 1911, 1918
•Village and Town Census
• Post-1921 Census Records
 
Census Substitutes
•Directories
•Telephone Directories
•Assessment and Tax Rolls
•School Registers
•Voters' Lists
•Municipal Elector Lists
•Federal Votersí Lists, 1935-1979
•National Registration
 

Module 5
Vital Records & Alternates
Vital Statistics
Change of Name
 
Church Records
•Library and Archives Canada
•FamilySearch
•Anglican Church
•Historic Anglican Records
•Baptist Church
•Jewish Religious Records
•Lutheran Church
•Mennonite Church
•Methodist Church
•Presbyterian Church
•Roman Catholic Church
•United Church
•Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church
 
Cemetery & Funeral Home Records
•Funeral Homes
 
Newspapers - Indexes and Databases
•Indexes to Saskatchewan Newspapers
•Databases
 
Local, School, Church & Organization Histories
•Local Histories
•School, Church and Organization Histories
 

Module 6
Court & Military Records
Saskatchewan Court Records
•Provincial Court
•Court of King's/Queen's Bench
•Criminal Cases
•Family Law Division
•Adoption
•Divorce in Saskatchewan
•Divorce in Canada 1841-1968
 
Public Guardian and Trustee of Saskatchewan
 
Wills and Probate Records
•Wills and Estate Registry
 
Court of Appeal Records
Historic Court Records
 
Military Records
•Veterans of the North West Rebellion 1885
•Veterans of the South African 1898-1913
•World War 1
•Post World War 1 Records
•Veteran's Affairs Canada
 
Military Service Organizations
•Military History - Saskatchewan Regiments
 
 

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