Provincial Particulars: History and Archives
9/27/2009
To successfully trace ancestors in Canada, you'll need to learn about the province's history to find the documents you need. Here's a look at some key dates in each Canadian province and how to contact the provincial or territorial archives:

Province Date Formed Joined Canadian Confederation Civil Registration Provincial/Territorial Archives
Alberta 1882 1905 1889; full compliance 1898 Provincial Archives of Alberta
8555 Roper Road
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5W1
(780) 427-1056
www.cd.gov.ab.ca/preserving/
provincial_archives
British Columbia 1866 1871 1872 British Columbia Archives
655 Belleville St.
Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1X4
(250) 387-1952
www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca
Manitoba 1870 1870 1882 Provincial Archives of Manitoba
200 Vaughn St.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1T5
(204) 945-3971
www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives
New Brunswick 1784 1867 1888; full compliance 1920 Provincial Archives of New Brunswick
Box 6000
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5H1
(506) 453-2122
www.gnb.ca/archives
Newfoundland and Labrador 1832 1949 1892 Provincial Archives of
Newfoundland and Labrador
Colonial Building
Military Road
St. John's, Newfoundland A1C 2C9
(709) 729-3065
www.gov.nf.ca/panl
Northwest Territories 1870 1870 1925 Archives of the Northwest Territories
c/o Prince of Wales
Northern Heritage Centre
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
X1A 2L9
(403) 873-7698
pwnhc.learnnet.nt.ca/
programs/archive.htm
Nova Scotia 1604, as Acadia; "New Scotland" established 1621 1867 1864; only marriages recorded 1877-1908 Nova Scotia Archives and
Records Management
(Public Archives of Nova Scotia)
6016 University Ave.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 1W4
(902) 424-6060
www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm
Ontario 1791, as Upper Canada 1867 1869; full compliance 1930 Archives of Ontario
77 Grenville St., Unit 300
Toronto, Ontario 1B3
(416) 327-1600
www.archives.gov.on.ca
Prince Edward Island 1769 1873 1906 Public Archives and
Records Office
Box 100
Charlottetown, Prince Edward
Island C1A 7M4
(902) 368-4290
www2.gov.pe.ca/educ/archives/
archives_index.asp
Quebec 1608 1867 1926 Archives nationals du Québec
1012, avenue du Seminaire
CP 10450
Sainte-Foy, Québec G1V 4N1
(418) 643-8904
www.anq.gouv.qc.ca
Saskatchewan 1882 1905 1878; full compliance 1920 Saskatchewan Archives Board
Murray Building
University of Saskatchewan
3 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A4
(306) 933-5832
www.saskarchives.com

Saskatchewan Archives Board
Regina Office
University of Regina
Regina, SK S4S 0A2
(306) 787-4068
www.saskarchives.com

Yukon Territory 1895 1898 1896; full compliance 1925 Yukon Archives
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Territory Y1A 2C6
(403) 667-5321
www.gov.yk.ca/depts/education/
libarch/yukarch.html