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Ancestry.com. Saskatchewan, Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Obituary Index, 1933–1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
Original data: Wilson, Norman G., compiler. RCMP Obituary Index, 1933–1989. Database. Regina, Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, 1993.

About Saskatchewan, Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Obituary Index, 1933–1989

Obituaries can be a rich source of information, often including details that chronicle the decedent's lifetime and reveal family connections. This collection indexes obituaries from the Quarterly, a publication of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The index provides name, regimental number, and rank and indicates the volume and issue number of the Quarterly where you can find the obituary. The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Library has copies of the obituaries on file, which can be requested from the society for a small fee.

Note that just because an entry does not appear in this index does not mean an ancestor was not a member of the RCMP or its predecessors. It only indicates that an obituary was not submitted to the Quarterly for publication.

Historical Background

Inspired by the Royal Irish Constabulary, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was established in 1873 as the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP). The national police force was charged with keeping the peace, protecting immigrants settling Canada's rural western provinces, and maintaining good relations with First Nations. Headquartered in Saskatchewan, the agency's responsibilities expanded into areas of national security during World War II and even more so in subsequent decades. Beginning with 150 recruits, it has grown to a national police force employing more than 28,000 officers.

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