About the Archives

The Living Skies Regional Council Archives is responsible for collecting, preserving and making available for research records of The United Church of Canada Living Skies Region and the former Saskatchewan Conference. The collection includes records from Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational and local union churches in Saskatchewan prior to 1925, as well as local, presbyterial and Conference records of the United Church of Canada, from 1925 onwards.

Our archives contains:

  • Records created by local Saskatchewan congregations – e.g. baptism, marriage, and burial registers; historic membership rolls and communion rolls; minutes of church boards and committees; printed annual reports; local church histories;
  • Records created by Saskatchewan-based United Church groups, including United Church Women (UCW), Women’s Missionary Society (WMS), and Women’s Association (WA);
  • Records created by Presbyteries within the former Saskatchewan Conference;
  • Records created by the Regional Council and former Saskatchewan Conference, its staff, officers, committees, task groups, and related bodies;
  • Personal papers and manuscripts of individuals associated with The United Church in Saskatchewan.

For copies of our brochures, click here: Research in the Living Skies Archives (for researchers) or United Church Records and the Living Skies Archives (for congregations and other records creators).

Requesting Baptism, Marriage or Burial Records

If you are looking for information from our baptism, marriage or burial registers, please e-mail or mail your written request to:

Living Skies Region Archives – The United Church of Canada
c/o Lakeview United Church
3200 McCallum Avenue,
Regina, SK S4S 0R8
E-mail: livingskiesarchives@united-church.ca

In your request, please be sure to include your name and contact information (e-mail / mailing address / phone number), as well as:

  1. The full first and last name of the individual(s) in the record – name at birth, for marriages and baptisms.
  2. The location (city or town) where the baptism, marriage or burial took place.
  3. The church or other site (e.g. town hall) in that location where the ceremony took place.
  4. The date of the baptism, marriage or burial – approximate year, if necessary.
  5. Your relationship to the individual(s) in question (e.g. great-grandchild, aunt, sibling).
  6. The purpose of your inquiry (e.g. family history, passport, research for a book).

Information contained in these registers is organized by church, event, and date, so we cannot search for records based on names alone. For more information and tips, click here:  Requesting Information from Registers and Rolls.

NOTE: Not all records are open to the public. In keeping with privacy policies and legislation, access is limited for many baptism, marriage and burial registers created from 1920 onwards.

Research in the Archives

If you are researching a particular person, church or other topic relating to the United Church in Saskatchewan, the Archives may be able to help direct your search. Contact us, at livingskiesarchives@united-church.ca, and we will point you in the right direction.

You can now view information about our holdings via the online Saskatchewan Archival Information Network (SAIN) collections database.  Note: Some of our descriptions are still being updated, so we recommend you e-mail us, if you are looking for particular records from our archives.

Records in the archival collection are housed with the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan and can be consulted in person in their reference room, at:

Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan
3303 Hillsdale Street
Regina, SK, S4S 6W9
(For directions and hours, see www.saskarchives.com/locations.)

Records are not stored on-site. Please contact the Archives before visiting, to ensure the records in question are located and prepared for your visit.

For more information, click here: Research Access to Archival Records.

NOTE: Not all records are open to the public. In keeping with privacy policies and legislation, some records containing personal information may not be viewed in person – this applies to most baptism, marriage and burial registers created from 1920 onwards.

If your research involves United Church congregations outside of Saskatchewan, you may wish to consult another United Church Archives. For a full listing, see the United Church of Canada Archives Network.

For information on other Saskatchewan-based archives, you can visit the website of the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists (SCAA), at www.scaa.sk.ca.

Transferring Records to Archives

When records are no longer used by a congregation, presbytery, or other church body, they may be eligible for transfer to the Region Archives. If you are looking after these records, we recommend you take the following steps prior to sending any records in:

  1. Identify what records you have and determine which should go to the archives. For some guidance in making these decisions, click here: What do the Archives Want? (for congregational records). 
  2. Make a preliminary list of the records you would like to send to the archives. For a template (Word format), click here:  Preliminary Inventory. For more detailed information and examples, click here: Guidelines for Submitting Records.
  3. Contact the Living Skies Region Archives and send a copy of the list (by email, or mail), to let the archivist know what you have. Please also note how many boxes there are and whether there are any serious concerns (e.g. water damage).

The archivist will review the list and contact you to make arrangements for the transfer.

When the records have been organized and the list reviewed by the Archives, complete the transfer form applicable to you (this will require Board approval, in some cases):

Lastly, fill-in the  Receipt of Records for Appraisal form before or when you bring the records to the Region Archives office. This form must be completed for all records received by the Archives.

Feel free to contact us (livingskiesarchives@united-church.ca) if you have any questions regarding transfers.

Donating Records to the Archives

In addition to church records, the Living Skies Region Archives also collects papers, photographs and related records from some private individuals and organizations associated with (but not directly governed by) The United Church of Canada in Saskatchewan.

If you have private records you would like to offer the Archives, see: Donating Private Records.

For additional information, contact the Archivist, at: 

Living Skies Region Archives–The United Church of Canada
c/o Lakeview United Church
3200 McCallum Avenue
Regina, SK S4S 0R8
Phone: 306-721-3311
E-mail: livingskiesarchives@united-church.ca

If you are dropping off or sending in records to the archives for review, you will also need to fill out the Receipt of Records for Appraisal form.

Additional Tools & Information

Archives and Recordkeeping:
   Guide to Archiving Presbytery Records
   Oral History in the Archives
   Privacy Issues: Recordkeeping and Archives
   Sample Records Schedule
   What do the Archives Want? 

Historic rolls and membership records:
    Historic Roll: Guidelines
    Historic Roll: Frequently Asked Questions

Meeting and records of meetings:
    Guidelines for Minutes and Notes of Meetings
    Requirements for Minute-Taking (Checklist)

Related external sites:
   The Children Remembered – about United Church involvement in the Indian Residential Schools, with histories of schools and photographs. (Saskatchewan schools are included.) 

   United Church Digital Collection – database of scanned images from The United Church of Canada Archives in Toronto. (Saskatchewan-related content is included.) 

   Honouring Our Heritage – the United Church’s Historic Commemorations Program.