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Alberta Deaths - What else you can try


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

Additional online resources

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Additional Databases and Online Resources


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

To order death records from 1870-1968, contact:

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

To order death records after 1968, contact:

Registry Agents Services
Phone: 780-427-7013
Website

NOTE: Death records are confidential for 50 years from the date of death. Only a close relative may order the death registration during this restricted period (see Restrictions for more details).




Substitute records

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Additional Records with Death Information

Substitute records can contain information about more than one event, and are used when records for an event are not available. Because the substitute records may not be created at the time of the event, it may contain incorrect information. Search for as many substitute records as possible to corroborate information found in substitute records to help improve accuracy.

Use these substitute records to locate death information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Cemetery Records
See Wiki article
Gravestone inscriptions and cemetery records may include a death date.
Newspapers
See Wiki page
Newspapers contain obituaries and death notices. They often include the death date and place of the deceased.
Obituaries
See Wiki article
Obituaries list date and place of death for the deceased. More recent obituaries may also list other deceased family members.
Probate Records
See wiki article
Wills and probate records list death date and place.
Military Records
See Wiki article
May include death information for servicemen.
Church Records
See Wiki page
Church death and burial records may be available when civil death records cannot be found. To access church records, first determine the denomination.





Improve searching

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Tips for finding deaths

Successfully finding death 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 (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth or death.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
  • 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

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Known Record Gaps

Records Start

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










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