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This is a page of resources about the province of Saskatchewan, Canada

1906 Census

For Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba only, two special censuses were taken to measure the impact of settlement and migration. As a result, there are 2 extra census records for genealogists: the 1906 and the 1916.

1916 Census (Prairie Provinces)

Begun on 01 Jun 1916, the second Prairie-only census was taken. It was the 9th for Manitoba, and the 3rd for both Saskatchewan and Alberta.

eHealth Saskatchewan Genealogy Index Searches

This site was begun in 2005 and is still fairly bare bones. From the website:

The legislation governing Saskatchewan Vital Statistics allows for the publishing of a genealogical index of historic vital events. A portion of these events have been indexed and are available via the search below.

The search function does not allow for Boolean searching, so keep a notepad handy of all the name variants you’ll need. For example: Giesbrecht, Geesbrecht, Geisbrecht, Giesbrekt, etc. The “Select number of records” to show in results should automatically have been set at 100 or larger, but it defaults to 3.

Copies of records may be ordered from the Government of SK. In Feb, 2018, the charge for a death certificate was $55. Here’s a link for more information.

FamilySearch – Saskatchewan Probate Records

Genealogy – if there was one central repository for all records, what fun would that be? You would think the Provincial Archives would have probate records for the province, wouldn’t you?

If you don’t already have an account with FamilySearch, go ahead and sign up. It’s free.

LSD Finder

If you’re not a farmer, you probably have a little trouble reading the legal land descriptions for the Prairie provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This is my goto lookup – and it’s free for the first 20 searches / day.

Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan

Family History Search

Interestingly, these records don’t show up in Ancestry or Family Search. Check out the homesteading records in Land – I found an elusive ancestor there, because you can seach by name. Hallelujah!


Digital newspapers, free to search, organized by publication. Not every edition of every publication is online, but there’s enough to give a great sense of the life and times of the day.

SK Genealogical Society

A wealth of resources, run by dedicated volunteers, and backed by SK Culture, with funding from SK Lotteries. The society offers conferences, field trips to Salt Lake City, books, and more. I discovered it when I was reading the excellent Tracing your Aboriginal Ancestors in the Prairie Provinces. See my review in Books for Genealogists here.

I joined the SK Genealogical Society in January, 2018.

Saskatoon Public Library – Genealogy and History

Are you a resident of Saskatchewan? Did you know you can access many of the digital resources from the comfort of your couch with a library card? It’s true. Find the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, and Prairie Gold: Sports Heroes from Saskatchewan, among others.

The worldwide Ancestry Library Edition, though, can only be accessed at the library. I bring a laptop and download my finds to my hard drive. If you don’t have a laptop, you can still access Ancestry on the library’s computers and send your finds to yourself via email. For free.

Note: The SK budget was released on March 22, 2017, and both the Saskatoon and Regina public libraries lost their funding. It was touch and go, but thanks to a large public outcry, funding was reinstated. Thank goodness.