Manitoba Marriages - What else you can try

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How to find birth records, marriage records and death records, Why Can't I Find the Record - Manitoba Marriages

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 Manitoba Guided Research page.

Additional Online Resources

Additional Databases and Online Resources

Online Images (Browsable Only)

Some collections have not been indexed but are available to browse image by image.

  • 1800-1959: Manitoba Church Records at FamilySearch Historical Records FS blue question mark.jpg Click the question mark for instructions for how to search Historical Records browsable images when there is no index.

How to Request the Record When It's Not Online

Province-wide registration for marriages started in 1882. General compliance occurred in the 1920s. A few marriage records exist before then.
To learn more about record limitations and restrictions, see the article Manitoba Civil Registration.

To order marriage records from 1881-1938, contact:

Vital Statistics Agency
254 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0B6
Phone: 204-945-3701

NOTE: Marriage records are confidential for marriages less than 80 years ago. If either party or an immediate next of kin is living, written consent is required to order a record 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
Death Records
Manitoba 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
Manitoba can be found in Canada censuses from 1881 to 1921. Manitoba conducted its own census in 1870. Additionally, censuses in the Northwest Provinces (including Manitoba) were taken in 1906 and 1916. Census records may list the name and marital status of everyone in the household; however, relationships are not listed until 1891.
Church Records
See Wiki page
Church marriage records list the wife's maiden name, as well as date and place of marriage. Burial records may also list the spouse of the deceased.
See Wiki page
Wedding announcements and golden anniversaries often appear in newspapers.
See Wiki article
Obituaries, especially more recently, may include the name of a surviving spouse and the date and place of the marriage.
Probate Records
See wiki article
Probate records often list relationships, including the deceased's spouse.

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 or place of marriage.
  • 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

  • 1882 Civil registration for marriages began. Before 1882, marriages can be found in church records.
  • 1920s Universal compliance to registration was achieved in Manitoba.

Records Destroyed

  • Some vital and parish records have been lost as a result of fires.

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