Genealogy Links

Please note this page is a work-in-progress. The addition of relevant links will be ongoing. If you  know of a website that may be of use to others, please email us the link.

Local museums and archives, and locally written and compiled histories often contain a wealth of information that will help family historians flesh out the stories of their ancestors.

For researchers interested in the Cut Knife area, Volumes I and II of Where the Cut Knife Waters Flow are often the first stop. Rich with details, submissions were received from family members, community organizations, and local businesses. Additional materials of interest, including most editions of the Cut Knife Highway 40 Courier, are located in the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum Archives.


PROVINCIAL, NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL RESOURCE LINKS

Acadian Archives / Archives acadiennes:  Manuscripts and documents pertaining to the history and culture of the Franco-Americans and  Acadians of the Upper St John Valley. 

Archives Canada: A gateway to the archival resources  found in over 800 repositories across Canada; searchable catalogue, online exhibits, online  digital projects, provincial networks, resources, etc. [Note: website contains broken links.] 

Canadian Headstones: Volunteer-based submissions that capture digital images of headstones with an accompanying transcription. 

Canadian War Brides: Contains much anecdotal  information with links to overseas sites. [Most of the factual data will be found through Library and Archives Canada.] 

Census, Library and Archives Canada: An invaluable source of information as they often  include the age, occupation, ethnic origin, religious denomination and the place of birth for the  persons listed; begins with the 1825 Census of Lower Canada. 

Centre du patrimoine: Collections specialize in the genealogy of French-Canadians (primarily from Western Canada and Québec) and the Métis of Western Canada (from west of Thunderbay, Ontario, to British Columbia). Check out “Your History” menu items which feature Francophone and Métis collections conserved by the Société historique de Saint-Boniface.

eHealth Saskatchewan: The Vital Statistics Registry registers all births, marriages, deaths, stillbirths and changes of name that occur in Saskatchewan. The Genealogy Index is available online for open records; closed record access  dependent upon legislation and policy. 

Ellis Island Passenger Database: Contains the passenger lists of more than 51 million immigrants, passengers, and  crew members who came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York from 1892 to 1957. The  expansion of this database is ongoing and all records from 1925 through 1957 will be  searchable by early 2015. [Technically a U.S. website but many Canadian immigrants landed in  New York, then proceeded to Canada.] 

Employment, Library and Archives Canada: Information  gathered from the Census, archival payroll ledgers, etc. in the following categories: clergy, fur  trade, medical personnel, merchant marine, Northwest Mounted Police, pensions, police,  private companies, public service, railways, teachers and students. 

Ethnic and Cultural Groups, Library and Archives Canada:  Background information, photos, textual materials, etc. for over 2 dozen ethnic groups  represented in the immigration records. 

Find a Grave: World’s largest collection of gravesites.

First Nations – Saskatchewan Genealogy Roots, Saskatchewan GenWeb:  Traces the historical roots of First Nations people using archaeological sites and petroglyphs;  includes naming patterns and aboriginal website links. 

Indigenous Heritage, Library and Archives Canada: Variety of  resources including the following databases: Indian Affairs Annual Reports, 1864-1990; Indian  Reserves – Western Canada and Treaties, Surrenders and Agreements. 

For Posterity’s Sake: Dedicated to those who served in the Royal Canadian Navy and the ships in which they served; includes an index of ships, fleet  photos, the WWII Merchant Marine, trade badges, shore stations and dozens of other subject  area links. 

Forces War Records: The sister site of Forces  Reunited, the leading British military community on the web with more than one million  members. [Many British soldiers received land grants in Canada after WWI.] 

Google Newspapers: Newspapers from as far  back as 1752 but note there are search limitations. Click on Archive Search Help on the right side of the search bar and read through the relevant Help pages. [This will save time.] 

HBC Heritage: Hudson’s Bay Company history,  corporate collections, outreach and learning; includes an oral history project with audio /  transcripts. 

Hudson’s Bay Company Archives: Include HBC servants’ contracts, engagement registers and personnel files. 

Immigration, Library and Archives Canada: Includes immigration records  and guides, travel guides, passenger lists, letters, diaries, journals, memoirs, newspapers (some  ethnic titles), maps, art, photographs, music and film in three categories: Immigration Records,  Citizenship and Naturalization Records and Immigration History: Ethnic and Cultural Groups. 

Inuit, Library and Archives Canada: Includes the Project Naming database. 

JewishGen: A free, easy-to-use genealogy website featuring thousands of databases, research tools, and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry  research and find family members. 

Land Records, Library and Archives Canada: Land records prior to 1867 were returned to Britain upon Confederation except for Upper and Lower Canada (Ontario and  Quebec) which were retained by the Government of Canada. With the acquisition of Rupert’s Land in 1869, western lands came under federal control. Land records prior to 1930, were retained by the Federal Government except for homestead applications which were transferred to the provincial archives. 

Land Records, Saskatchewan Archives Board: The Homestead Index (Pre and Post  1930) and other land records like Brand Books, Timber and Grazing Records, the Cummins Maps, etc. 

Library and Archives Canada: Links to collection databases, digitized microforms, electronic collections,  open data, research aids, thematic guides and virtual exhibitions. 

Mennonite Archival Image Database: (MAID) is the work of seven Mennonite archives across the country: one each in Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan, and  Ontario and three in Manitoba. There are 80,000 photos with descriptions in the database. [Scanning is ongoing to have them all accessible online.]

Mennonite Heritage Archives: Includes archival holdings, genealogy and research resources including the Canadian Mennonite Board of Colonization (CMBoC) records. The CMBoC was located in Rosthern, SK and created a registration form for each family that came to Canada under its auspices between 1923 to 1930. In the end, this meant 6,000 households of 20,201  individuals. The forms were cross-referenced to the ledger books which recorded the  transportation debt that the CMBoC owed to Canadian Pacific Railway. 

Métis Nation, Library and Archives Canada: Resources include the Métis Scrip Records database. 

Military Heritage, Library and Archives Canada: Records of the Canadian men and women who have served their country in the military and in the early years of the  North West Mounted Police. Records relate to Loyalists, the War of 1812, the Rebellions, the  South African War, the First World War and the Second World War, many of which are featured in databases, research guides and virtual exhibitions. The records include muster rolls, military  service files, unit war diaries, medal registers, photographic collections, documentary art and  posters, as well as published sources. 

National Archives: A list-in progress of National Archives’ websites around the world from Wikipedia. 

New York City and the Historical Ellis Island: Begins  with the history of Ellis Island and its importance to immigration; moves on to genealogy in general and the Ellis Island records; finishes up with tips on passenger searches, and links to  additional Ellis Island information. [Many Canadian immigrants landed in New York, then proceeded to Canada.] 

Northwest Resistance 1885: A database of materials  held by the University of Saskatchewan Libraries and the University Archives. Search by  Authors, Subjects or Titles. 

RCMP Graves: Consists of over 400 web pages  and over 2000 blog entries which focus on Canadian history through stories and photographs of deceased members of the RCMP. 

Saskatchewan Archives Board: Family History Research page with links to the types of resources available at the Saskatchewan Archives, as well as information about commonly-requested family history resources from other institutions; includes church records, municipal records, court records, education records and First Nations and Métis records, etc. as well as an ‘Additional Sources’ page. 

Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre: Video and audio testimonials by Elders on traditional First Nations culture. 

Saskatchewan Genealogy Society: Membership required to access the following databases: Sask. Residents Index, Burial Index, Obituary Index, Cummins Maps for Saskatchewan and the North West Rebellion War Claims. Public access is available for the following: Biggar Railway Retirees, Change of Names, Cemetery and RCMP Obituary Index. 

Saskatchewan Historic Newspapers Online: When completed, the SHNO  project will have digitized, described, and made available over 100 years of newspapers  published from over 100 separate communities across the province. Select ‘City’ in the Field window, enter Cut Knife in the Search Terms window, then click search.

Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society: Seeks to preserve the  province’s past through a vast collection of stories, poems, songs, memoirs, interview podcasts, old letters and pictures; includes the Everett Baker Slide Collection, the Adrian Paton  Photograph Collection and 93 oral history interviews of immigrants to Saskatchewan. 

Saskatchewan History Online: Searchable database of  photos, videos, audio, textual material like letters, books, diaries, etc. from galleries, libraries,  archives, museums and other cultural and memory institutions all across the province. 

Saskatchewan Mennonite Cemetery Finding Aid: A free database of rural Mennonite cemeteries  located in the Province of Saskatchewan.

Treaty 6 Education: Oral accounts told  by First Nations Elders from the Saskatoon Tribal Council area, from the book, “…And they Told  Us Their Stories” A book of Indian Stories. 

Vital Statistics, Library and Archives Canada: Includes church records and indexes for baptisms, marriages and burials until the late 1800s and early 1900s when provincial and territorial governments introduced the civil  registration of births, marriages and deaths. [Therefore, records at this site are limited; check  provincial websites.] 

Voyageurs Contracts Database, Centre du patrimoine: Includes data from approximately 35,900 fur  trade contracts of men of the Montreal fur trade, signed in front of Montreal notaries between  1714 and 1830. Information includes: family names, parishes of origin, hiring company, length  of contract, destination(s), advances and wages, supplies, conditions of hire, the name of the  notary, date of signing, and miscellaneous notes.