Extensive compilation (including place name changes) of over 3,000 Saskatchewan locations and their SGW district
Ancestral forms may document a home district for the address, this listing compiles over 5,000 district names
Saskatchewan Gen Web is broken into regions or territories to assist researchers find databases, query board and mailing lists. These Regions are defined by boundaries and are shown on these Saskatchewan Gen Web regional maps. For more regional information.
Present-day Saskatchewan was first named Rupert's Land
Many of the early settlers in the 1800's came as traders or hunters. The North West Company was of French-Canadian extraction and traders arrived out west in Saskatchewan from Eastern Canada via inland routes. The British (in 1670) had given Rupert's Land to the Hudson Bay Company which gave the company dominion over lands where there was water passageway from the Hudson Bay. These traders arrived to the Saskatchewan area via Hudson Bay and then travelling westward. In 1774 the first inland trading post (Cumberland House) was built in Saskatchewan. Many documents refer to areas of Saskatchewan by the geophysical features by the name of the river, lake or group of hills. At this time northern Saskatchewan was settled as southern Saskatchewan had experienced drought like conditions during early explorer expeditions, and was considered a part of the US desert. This area is north of the tree line in the geo-physical shield area.
Canada became a nation in 1867. Saskatchewan didn't become a province of Canada until 1905, before this it was a part of the North West Territories. The North West Territories was divided into provisional territories on May 8, 1882. The south provisional district was named Assiniboia (The 33rd township southward to the U.A Canada border). The provisional district in central present-day Saskatchewan (between township 35 and township 70) was named Saskatchewan. And Athabaska was the provisional district of the North West Territories for the northern portion of present day Saskatchewan (Township 71 and northward to the District of MacKenzie NWT at the present border between Saskatchewan and the NWT). These provisional districts did not use the current eastern and western boundaries, but extended to range 10 west of the 4th meridian now known as Alberta and the district of Saskatchewan had an eastern border at Lake Winnipeg.
Atlas of Saskatchewan Maps showing boundary evolution.
In the late 1800's and early 1900's the railway and the Dominion Government of Canada wanted more settlers out west to unite Upper and Lower Canada -the eastern provinces of Canada with British Columbia. The rail lines didn't want to lay track over land with no settlement as it wasn't economically feasible. The demand for furs declined, the buffalo population declined, Saskatchewan started noticing the agricultural land capabilities in the middle and southern portions of the province, the early drought that Captain John Palliser had seen was over. The population in Saskatchewan evolved from a trapping community a farming community. Settlement, towns and rail lines developed the plains, or prairies, south of the tree line.
Early towns were established and had a post office. If a town cannot be located because it closed down as population migrated to the larger centers, it can be located by its post office. Locating a town no longer in existence will help trace where to locate the records for the family- which newspapers to look in, cemeteries, church records to search, etc. Quite a few changes in town names and locations are shown on the 60 years Sask Wheat Pool - 1924 Map and 1984 Map . Another online method of determining town location is by using National Archives Archivia Net and use the post office locator database. The Canadian Geographical Names web page by Department of Natural Resources Canada is also an excellent way to locate towns in Saskatchewan.
Land Improvement Districts were pre-cursors to the present Rural Muncipalities. It was a community effort to network for schools, and essential services such as fire departments etc in their area.
The functions of Saskatchewan municipalities include responsibilities for land use planning and development services (cemeteries) amongst other civic infrastructure and public service functions. Cemeteries in Saskatchewan are also classified by municipality -city or town or Rural Municipality (RM) on the many and several various cemetery transcription projects|
Community profiles searchable by name of community. (NOT released into the public domain to search by ancestor name). --->>>Finding aid. Provides the rural municipality name if the placename is classified as an unincorporated area, and is too small to enumerate by itself. Census division number and Rural Municipality correlation chart With the rural municipality name, the cemetery is easier to find. <<<--- Provides the size of the community and general statistics about the place.
Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada
Community Profiles - Census of Canada 2001 - Statistics Canada
Welcome to Community Profiles - Census of Canada 1996 - Statistics Canada
Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 1996 Saskatchewan Statistics Canada
Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) are searchable by name, or by geographic census division and then Subdivision, Census Enumeration Area . Census division number and Rural Municipality correlation chart (NOT released into the public domain to search by ancestor name). --->>>Finding aid. Provides the names of all communities within a rural municipality (Subdivision). Census division number and Rural Municipality correlation chart <<<---
Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 1996 Saskatchewan and its Divisions and Subdivisions Statistics Canada ... Search Page
Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2001 Saskatchewan and its Divisions and Subdivisions Statistics Canada ... Search Page
Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2006 Saskatchewan and its Divisions and Subdivisions Statistics Canada ... Search Page
Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2011 Saskatchewan and its Divisions and Subdivisions Statistics Canada ... Search Page
Government of Saskatchewan Municipal Directory System
Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalites SARM MAP (pdf)
List of Rural Muncipalities in Saskatchewan wikipedia
Municipal system in Saskatchewan - Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan
Rural Municipalities Administrator's Association RMAA Saskatchewan Links
Rural Municipality Listing Saskatchewan Genealogical Society
1905 Scandinavian Canadian Land Co.
Historic map Townships 32,33,34,35 and Ranges 1,2,3,4,5,6.
West of the 2nd Meridian.|
1904. and 1907 Survey of the Dominion of Canada, Entered according to Act of Parliament of Canada
1919 Waghorn's Guide: Post Offices in Man, Sask, Alta, & West Ontario
1925 Waghorn's Guide: Map of Western Canada: Post Offices and RR in Man, Sask, Alta, & West Ontario
1941 Waghorn's Guide: Map and Post Offices in Man, Sask, Alta, & West Ontario
1948 Waghorn's Guide: Map of Western Canada: Post Offices and RR in Man, Sask, Alta, & West Ontario
1922 World Atlas and Gazetteer
Gazetteer of American and Canadian Railroads
1924 Rand McNally Saskatchewan Map
1926 Souvenir Saskatchewan Highway Map
1924 1984 60 years Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Maps
(showing Township, Range, Meridian)
1947-48 1950-51 1952-53 Saskatchewan Country Pool Elevator System Maps (showing Township, Range, Meridian)
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba Department of Mines Geological Survey 1914
Archivia Net Electoral Maps
Archivia Net Indian Reserves - Western Canada
Archivia Net Maps, Plans and Charts
Atlas of Saskatchewan 1969 and 1999 edition Maps
Ausland Lake Maps and Information
Canadian Geographical Names Home Page (CGN)
Canadian Geographic Maps
Celebrating Saskatchewan - Communities
City, town, village name, information Municipal Directory System: Ministry of Municipal affairs.
CNR historical map :Maps of Manitoba Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia: Canadian National Railways: showing townships, ranges, meridians
Cummins Map Company Tsp 27, 28, 29,30 Rge 13, 14, 15 West of the 2nd Meridian: No. 152
Cummins Map Company Tsp 31, 32, 33, 34 Rge 14, 15, 16 West of the 2nd Meridian: No. 173 Expedimaps: Microsoft worldwide maps
Geographical naming in western British North America : 1780-1820 Freeman, Randolph Steven, 1951-1985
Government of Saskatchewan: Map of Saskatchewan
Government of Saskatchewan Rural Municipality Dates
Homestead Records: Townships, Ranges, Meridians
How do the Saskatchewan 2011 Canadian Census Statistics Compare to History?
How do I locate my ancestor's home town?
ISC Saskatchewan Rural Municipality Boundary Maps
Look up Volunteer: Postal Guide for Western Canada with all the operating post offices plus a "nixie" list for all post offices closed from 1914 to the date of issue of the guide in the 30's. Helpful for locating towns no longer in existence. Contact: Alex Palin firstname.lastname@example.org
Indian Reserves - Maps - Western Canada
Lycos road map
Map of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba:
Canadian National Railways CNR map c1930s:
Showing Townships, Ranges and Meridians
Map of Saskatchewan Government of Saskatchewan
Map of Saskatchewan: Land of Living Skies: Sask Tourism
Map Quest Co-ordinate GPS or Global Positioning System Converter: Converting between: Universal Transverse Mercator System (UTM) - Legal Survey Information and Latitude-Longitude
Maps and Atlases University of Saskatchewan Libraries
Maps of Canada from the Mining Co Guide
Map of the Northwest Rebellion Sask Gen Web: The Story of the Canadian People by David M. Duncan M.A
Maybe the Ghosts will rise again! - A look at Saskatchewan's Ghost Towns
National Archives - Post Offices Database - NOTE a great place to find the legal land locations of historic Saskatchean placenames! AND use it to search for your ancestor's name as well!
The New World ATLAS and GAZETTEER 1922 Edition
Phil Gent's 1927 Map of S.E. Saskatchewan
The PICTURE GALLERY of CANADIAN HISTORY
--British North America 1792 map
--British North America 1818 map
Rand McNally 1924 Indexed Pocket Map and Shipper's Guide
Regina Sheet Saskatchewan Canada Department of Mines 1935
Rural Municipality contact, web site information Municipal Directory System Ministry of Municipal affairs.
Rural Municipalities listing on Wikipedia
Rural Municipality Locator for maps Saskatchewan Genealogical Society
Rural Municipality: To locate the RM which encompasses an area or cemetery Rural Municipalities maps for Saskatchewan (for sale)
Rural Municipality of Turtle River Original Homesteader Map
Saskatchewan Archives | Family History Research | Maps
Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities SARM
Saskatchewan Townships & Ranges in tutorial quizzes!
Moving in Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Map: Here is a map of the Province of Saskatchewan, showing the major highways and cities: Trans Canada Highways
Stovel's Pocket Map of Saskatchewan
Test Your Knowledge of Saskatchewan's Placenames. Quiz. The Value of Standardizing Placenames for Genealogists. Quiz Answers.
Yorkton and area City Directory
THE WEST at the Beginning of the 19th Century. Sask Gen Web: The Story of the Canadian People by David M. Duncan M.A
Where were Saskatchewan homesteads located?
World Time Zone Map
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