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Prairie History Resources

Census Records

  • Canadian census returns for all provinces and territories from 1666 to 1901 (microfilm)
  • 1906 census returns for the Prairie Provinces (microfilm)
  • 1911 census returns for Manitoba and Saskatchewan (microfilm)
  • Catalogue of Census Returns on Microfilm: 1666-1891 (print) - 1987
  • Indexes for the Prairie Provinces and Ontario (print) - 1871 to 1906.
  • Check the Library catalogue by using census and indexes in the subject field for a list of results
  • Select indexes or handbooks for researching US Census returns.
  • Check the Library catalogue by using United States and census in the subject field for a list of results

Directories & Phone Books

  • Henderson's Regina Directory (print) - 1907 to 2000; (Peel microfiche collection) - 1885 and 1907 to 1953
  • Regina telephone books - 1924 onwards with the most current one kept in the Reference Desk's "Ready Reference" collection
  • Early city directories for Brandon, MB; Calgary, AB; Edmonton, AB; Moose Jaw, SK; Saskatoon, SK; Winnipeg, MB (Peel microfiche collection) - 1908 to 1953
  • Manitoba and North West Territories Gazetteer and Directory (Peel microfiche collection)
  • Canadian Directories, 1790 -1897: A Bibliography and Place-Name Index (print) - 1989
  • Western Canadian Directories on Microfiche and Microfilm, A Finding Aid (print) - 2003

Vital Records

  • Select Archives of Ontario Birth, Marriage & Death Indexes (microfilm) - ca. 1869 to 1932
  • Checklist of Parish Registers (print) - 1986
  • Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Register Master Index (microfilm)
  • Canadian Records of Birth, Marriage and Death: A Guide, by Fawne Stratford-Devai
  • Births, Marriages & Obituaries Indexes from the Leader-Post newspaper (print) - 1883 to 1913.
    Call number: 071.12445 INDEX
    Various other obituary and death notice indexes through to 1976 (print)
    Call number: 071.12445 OBITU

Immigration, Passenger & Border Entry Records

  • Select passengers manifests for ships entering the official ports of Canada (microfilm) - Quebec 1865-1921; Halifax 1881-1922; Saint John 1900-1922; North Sydney 1906-1922; Vancouver 1905-1922
  • List of arrivals at the Port of New York traveling on to Canada (microfilm) - 1906 to 1921
  • Lists of border entries into Canada from the US (microfilm) - 1909 to 1918
  • Canadian Border Entry Lists, 1908-1918 for British Columbia and Yukon (print) - 1997
  • Destination Canada: A Guide to 20th Century Immigration Records (print) - 2004
  • Index of Some Passengers Who Emigrated to Canada Between 1817 & 1849 (print) - 1999
  • Passenger and Immigration Lists Index: a guide to published records of more than 3,806,000 immigrants who came to the New World between the sixteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. (For the United States) (print) - 1982 and supplements
  • Getting From Here to There: Identifying the Origin of Immigrants to Canada: Links & Resources, by Fawne Stratford-Devai
  • Additional indexes and handbooks for locating passenger records can be found in the Library catalogue. Search by using such keywords as ships and passenger lists in the subject field.

Local History Resources

  • Over 2000 community & church histories from all over Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba. Check the library catalogue by entering name of community and history in subject search field.
  • Saskatchewan Local History Directory, volumes 1 & 2 (in-house finding aid for Saskatchewan local histories - updated continuously)
  • A Bibliography of Manitoba Local History (print) - 1989
  • Alberta's Local Histories in the Historical Resources Library (print) - 1989
  • Bibliography of the Prairie Provinces to 1953 with Biographical Index (print) to serve as finding aid to the Peel microfilm collection
  • Biographies & subject files

Maps, Atlases & Place Names

  • Topographical and thematic maps
  • A Checklist of Alberta Post Offices, A Checklist of Saskatchewan Post Offices and A Checklist of Manitoba Post Offices(print) - 1985, 1987 and 1988
  • Gazetteers of the Prairie Provinces (print). Search the Library catalogue by using gazetteers and name of province in the keyword search field.
  • People-Places: the Dictionary of Saskatchewan Place Names and Geographic Names of Saskatchewan (print) - 1997 and 2005
  • Select Illustrated Historical Atlases for Ontario counties (oversize print & microform collection). Search the Library catalogue by using illustrated, atlas and Ontario in the keyword search field.
  • Regina: The Street Where You Live (print) - 1979, 1988, and 1992  


  • Complete run of the Morning Leader/Leader Post newspaper (microfilm) - 1883 onwards;
    note: last 3 months worth of newspapers are kept behind the reference desk
  • Regina Standard (microfilm) - 1891 to 1906; Regina Daily Post (microfilm) - 1928 to 1930; and Western Producer (microfilm) - 1924 to 2000
  • Historical Directory of Saskatchewan Newspapers, 1878-1983 (print) - 1984
  • Saskatchewan Newspaper Indexes (print) - 1935 to 1981 (includes Regina Leader Post, Moose Jaw Times Herald, Prince Albert Daily Herald, Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Western Producer. Note: this index does not include birth, marriage and death notices.)
    This index is also available online.
  • Leader Post newspaper index (print) - 1883 to 1943
  • Newspaper directories and indexes for other Canadian provinces can be found in the library catalogue by using the keywords newspapers and indexes in the subject field.  

Aboriginal & Métis Genealogy

  • Census of Indian Reserves (microfilm reels T-6554 and T-6555) - 1901
  • Métis scrip records from Library and Archives Canada (microfilm) - Manitoba, 1870 to 1885 and Northwest Territories, 1885 to 1901
  • 1900 Scrip, Manitoba Scrip and Metis Families: a Genealogical Compendium (print) - 1996, 1998 and 2000
  • Alberta District Indian Agency Enumerations for 1901 Canadian census (print) - 1998
  • The Genealogy of the First Métis Nation (print) - 1983
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