Church Records

More than any other type of institutions, religious organizations have been scrupulous in recording vital statistics information. Important rites, such as baptisms, confirmations, marriages and burials, have usually been dutifully recorded in the parish register very soon after they were performed by the church.  These  documents record the names of the key participants, including the names of parents or other family members, ages, dates and places that are so important to the family historian. However, like vital statistics registrations, church records often contain information bearing on the privacy of the individual. These records may, therefore, be considered confidential, and the church that maintains them may restrict access.

Very often the major problem for the genealogist is finding the records of the church in which his family were members. In many instances the church may have closed and the parish registers may have been transferred elsewhere. Some denominations regularly transfer congregational records to a central repository, while other denominations with a less formalized hierarchical structure may have retained records locally.

The Provincial Archives has in its custody many original and microfilm copies of parish registers. Most of these are from United, Anglican and Presbyterian churches in the province, but other denominations such as Catholic and Lutheran are represented as well.

For the most part, access to the records of the United, Anglican and Presybterian churches is subject to the permission of the Conference or of the Diocese; the researcher must contact the appropriate church body first. 

Unless researchers know that the church to which their families belonged is still open, it is best to write to the central office or archive of that denominational body with an inquiry. If necessary, the letter will usually be forwarded to the appropriate congregation.

Listed below are addresses for the major church bodies represented in Saskatchewan.

Addresses of Church Archives

Anglican Church of Canada

The Archivist, Qu'Appelle Diocese
1501 College Avenue
Regina SK S4P 1B6

The Registrar, Saskatchewan Diocese
1410 Bishop McLean Crescent
Prince Albert SK S6V 4Z2
Phone: 306-763-2455

The Archivist, Saskatoon Diocese
1403 9th Ave N
Saskatoon SK S7K 2Z6
Phone: 306-244-5651

Baptist Church

Canadian Baptist Archives
McMaster Divinity College
Room 152
Hamilton ON L8S 4K1
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23511

Lutheran Church

Lutheran Theological Seminary
114 Seminary Crescent
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon SK S7N 0X3
Phone: 306-966-7850

Saskatchewan Synod Office
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Phone: 306-244-2474

Central District
Lutheran Church of Canada
3074 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3K 0Y2
Phone:  Toll Free: 1-800-ONE-LORD (1-800-663-5673)
Phone:  Office Number: 1-204-832-7242

Mennonite Church

Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies in Canada
1310 Taylor Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3M 3Z6
Phone: 204-669-6575
Phone: 204-654-1865

Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives
600 Shaftesbury Boulevard
Winnipeg MB R3P 0M4
Phone: 204-888-6781

Methodist Church
(see United Church of Canada)

Presbyterian Church
(see also United Church of Canada)

Presbyterian Church of Canada
Administrative Offices
50 Wynford Drive
North York ON M3C 1J7
Phone: 416-441-1111

Roman Catholic Church

Regina Archdiocese, Diocesan Centre
445 Broad Street North
Regina SK S4R 2X8
Phone: 306-352-1651

Prince Albert Diocese, Chancery Office
1415 - 4th Avenue West
Prince Albert SK S6V 5H1
Phone: 306-922-4747

Saskatoon Diocese, Catholic Pastoral Centre
100 - 5th Avenue North
Saskatoon SK S7K 2N7
Phone: 306-242-1500
Toll free: (In Sask.) 1-877-661-5005

Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church

Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada
9 St. Johns Avenue
Winnipeg MB R2W 1G8
Phone: 204-586-3093

United Church of Canada

United Church of Canada Living Skies Archives

c/o Lakeview United Church
3200 McCallum Avenue 
Regina, SK S4S 0R8    
Phone: 306-721-3311   

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

Eparchy of Saskatoon
866 Saskatchewan Crescent East
Saskatoon SK S7N 0L4
Phone: 306-653-0138

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