Alberta Marriages - What else you can try

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This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find marriage information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the marriage section of the Alberta Guided Research page.

Additional online resources


Additional Databases and Online Resources

Currently, there are no additional databases for marriages in Alberta. See, Substitute records below to help locate marriage information in other records.

Online Images (Browsable Only)

Currently, there are no browsable-only collections.

How to Request the Record When It's Not Online

Province-wide registration for marriages started in 1898. General compliance occurred by 1930. A few marriage records also exist from 1870-1898.
To learn more about record limitations and restrictions, see the article Alberta Vital Records.

To order marriage records from 1870-1943, contact:

Provincial Archives of Alberta
8555 Roper Road
Edmonton, Alberta
T6E 5W1
Phone: (780) 427-1750

To order marriage records after 1943, contact:

Registry Agents Services
Phone: 780-427-7013

NOTE: Marriage records are confidential for 75 years from the date of marriage. Only a close relative may order the marriage registration during this restricted period (see Restrictions for more details).

Substitute records


Additional Records with Marriage Information

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for marriage events may not have been created at the time of the marriage. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these additional records to locate marriage information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Newspapers Announcements
See Wiki page
Wedding announcements and golden anniversaries often appear in newspapers.
See Wiki article
Obituaries include death information. More recent obituaries may also include the name of a surviving spouse and the date and place of the marriage.
Death Records
Alberta Death Guided Research
Death records may include the name of the spouse and whether the deceased was married, widowed, or divorced. Click on the link to the left to return to the Death page.
Census Records
Canada Census FS Collections
Alberta can be found in Canada censuses from 1881 to 1921. Alberta can also be found in the regional censuses of 1906, 1916, and 1926. Census records may list the name and marital status of everyone in the household; however, relationships are not listed until 1891.

Improve searching


Tips for finding marriages

Successfully finding marriage records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Search given name. Search by given name by leaving out the last name.
  • Search for bride. Search by the bride’s name rather than the groom’s name.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate year of marriage or the county the marriage took place in.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
  • Search province. Search using the province name only instead of by smaller locality.

Why the record may not exist


Known Record Gaps

Records Start

  • 1870-1898 Few marriage records exist.
  • 1898 Civil registration began.
  • 1930 General compliance occurred.

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