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Manitoba became a province in 1870, and its boundaries were extended twice after that, reaching its modern size in 1912. The first major white settlement took place in Manitoba in 1812, through the Earl of Selkirk's efforts, and a major land rush occurred in the 1870s, with many people from Ontario coming for the free farmland that had been made available. Today, most of the population lives in the extreme south of the province. Manitoba's major city is its capital, Winnipeg.

See also Manitoba newspapers | Manitoba directories

Census records in Manitoba

1831-1870: FamilySearch | Canadiana

1870: Library and Archives Canada

1881: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1891: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1901: Library and Archives Canada | Alberta Genealogical Society | FamilySearch
Automated Genealogy | | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1906: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch
Automated Genealogy | | MyHeritage

1911: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch
Automated Genealogy | | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1916: Library and Archives Canada | Family Search | | MyHeritage

1921: Library and Archives Canada | | MyHeritage

1926: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch | Images

1931: Library and Archives Canada | Ancestry

Birth, marriage and death records

Manitoba Vital Statistics search page
Database of births from more than 100 years ago, marriages from more than 80 years ago, and deaths from more than 70 years ago, as well as information about obtaining registration information.
Vital statistics index - Deaths to 1951, Marriages to 1941, Births to 1921

Births: Ancestry to 1917
Marriages: Ancestry to 1937
Deaths: Ancestry to 1947

City of Winnipeg cemeteries
Alphabetical text files drawn from the records of the 107,000 burials that have taken place in the municipal cemeteries of Brookside, St. Vital and Transcona.

Brandon Municipal Cemetery
Search by name, date of birth or death, or place of death.

Portage la Prairie Cemetery Database
Search by name or date for people in either of the two cemeteries.

Billion Graves
International cemetery site includes Manitoba.

Canadian Headstones
A national cemetery site.

Winnipeg Free Press obituary index since 1999
Searchable, providing full text of the obituaries, which usually contain a lot of family information.

Manitoba Probate Records
Winnipeg, Brandon, Dauphin, Minnedosa, Morden, Portage la Prairie, The Pas and St. Boniface estate file indexes are available on this provincial government website.

Probate records 1871-1930 on FamilySearch

Church records 1800-1959 on FamilySearch

Manitoba court records 1984-2014
Index includes probate files, which can lead to death references.

Geography and land records

Canadian Pacific Railway land sales

Finding Aid to Prairie Land Records -- By Dave Obee

Understanding Western Canada's Dominion Land Survey System -- Downloadable PDF
Posted by the Saskatcheawan Professional Planners Institute.

Canadian National Railway maps
From the early 1900s

Land Titles Registration
Records of land ownership and survey plans.

Other sites for genealogy

Peel's Prairie Provinces
A superb collection for Prairie research, with thousands of items online. It is all searchable.

Manitobia Life and Times
Great material on Manitoba, including scanned images of many many newspapers.

Winnipeg Tribune clippings index
Index to files dating from the 1930s to 1980.

Manitoba GenWeb Project
The Manitoba Provincial page of the Canadian GenWeb Project.

Western Manitoba Genealogy
Pioneers, marriages, census, cemetery listing, map and towns in western Manitoba.

Abstract of Burial Records: St. Francis Xavier, Manitoba, 1834-1865
Includes indexes of deceased, witnesses, spouses and mothers.

Centre for Rupert's Land Studies
Facilitates scholarly research and publishing concerning the human history of the Hudson's Bay Company territory, known from 1670 to 1870 as Rupert's Land.

Archives and libraries in Manitoba

Local History and Genealogy Resources Information Guide
On the website of the Winnipeg Public Library

Archives of Manitoba
Includes general information on the Archives of Manitoba and the Hudson's Bay Company Archives. Use the Keystone Archives Descriptive Database to search the site.

Manitoba Legislative Library
Information on heritage collections, directories, newspapers and journals held at the library in Winnipeg.

Association for Manitoba Archives
About the AMA, membership, directory, archival resources, publications and a searchable index of selected articles published in the AMA's newsletter.

University of Manitoba Libraries
University of Winnipeg Library
Library catalogues will help you find resources including local histories.

University of Manitoba Archives
The Department of Archives and Special Collections, The University of Manitoba Libraries. Information on collections including a searchable guide to holdings.

Genealogical societies in Manitoba

Manitoba Genealogical Society
Promotes and encourages an interest in genealogy and family history in Manitoba. Web page includes membership info, the society's quarterly journal, special projects, and a list of current MGS publications.
Branches: Dauphin | Southwest Branch | Southeast and Winnipeg Branch

Genealogical Institute of the Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada
The Genealogical Institute was founded in June 1990 to operate as the part of the Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada that is dedicated to promoting the hobby of genealogy within the Society.

Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society
Membership information, MMHS history, organization and structure, newsletter and Prussian-Russian-Canadian genealogical resources.

Mennonite Heritage Centre of Manitoba
Includes a consolidated index of various Church family registers, a bibliography of the Mennonite Historical Library and links to other Mennonite related organizations.

East European Genealogical Society
Based in Winnipeg, this society has members from throughout North America.

Manitoba Branch of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada
Mission statement and Loyalist related Genealogy resources.

Nation-wide sites worth checking

Library and Archives Canada (Free)
A huge amount of information, including census, immigration and military information. A key resource for all Canadian genealogists.

FamilySearch (Free)
From the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Includes an index to several censuses, civil registration extracts, a guide to the library catalog, submitted and extracted records, and more.

Canadiana (Free)
Quick access to about millions of documents held in Canadian libraries, museums and archives, compiled into one resource for convenient searching. This site has many resources not found elsewhwere. (Commercial)
Ancestry has an extensive collection drawn from census indexes, immigration sources, and other material from different provinces.

FindMyPast (Commercial)
A collection of sources that is still being developed. FindMyPast includes census indexes, birth indexes, and many scanned books, as well as newspapers.

MyHeritage (Commercial)
The Canadian arm of a site known for its strong European material. It includes the major resources found on other sites.

Automated Genealogy (Free)
Includes free indexes to the 1851/2, 1901, 1906 and 1911 censuses.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online (Free)
Notable people who died before 1930.

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