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Manitoba Deaths - What else you can try

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

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 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 deaths started in 1882. General compliance occurred in the 1920s. A few death records exist before then.
To learn more about record limitations and restrictions, see the article Manitoba Civil Registration.

To order death records from 1870-1948, contact:

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

NOTE: Death records are confidential for deaths less than 70 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 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 often include a death date.
Probate Records
See wiki article
Wills and probate records list death date and place.
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.
See Wiki page
Newspapers contain obituaries and death notices. They often include the death date and place of the deceased.
See Wiki article
Obituaries list date and place of death for the deceased. More recent obituaries may also list other deceased family members.
Military Records
See Wiki article
May include death information for servicemen.

Improve Searching

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 year or place of death.
  • 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 deaths began. Before 1882, deaths and burials 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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