Name changes—whether it’s a woman taking her husband’s surname, an immigrant’s attempt to Anglicize, or a matter of personal preference—can bring your research skidding to a halt. Luckily, if your ancestor adopted a new alias in Saskatchewan, this database can help.
The Saskatchewan Gazette is the provincial publication for government regulations and private notices required to be made public by statute. These notices include people applying to change their names. This collection is an index to name changes published in the Saskatchewan Gazette for the years 1917 through 1950. The index was created by the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society. While legislation formalizing the name-change process did not go into effect until 1933, some notices in this index date back as far as 1917.
What You Can Find in These Records
Details found in this index include both the former and new given, middle, and surnames; the date of the notice in the Gazette; and/or the date of the certificate authorizing the name change. The original entries, which are held at the Saskatchewan Archives Board, may reveal additional information, such as ages and residences.