On this website I am mainly working on the older graves in Winnipeg's very large Brookside Cemetery, and a bit in Elmwood and Saint Vital Cemeteries. I am also doing a small amount of work on some cemeteries around Treherne, Holland, and MacGregor, in Manitoba, Canada; and also some cemeteries around Leeds and Inverness, in County Megantic, Quebec, Canada. I also have an interest in burials for people involved in the Riel Rebellion / 1885 Northwest Rebellion / North West Field Force (N.W.F.F.).
Feel free to copy my photos and information to use them on your own genealogy, and to add to websites where you have posted your own genealogy. If possible you could mention the source was Find A Grave and Garth Woodward. Thanks.
Winnipeg's Brookside Cemetery: The records in the cemetery's office are not completely online. The cemetery's paper records for approximately 1881 to 1906 have not yet been computerized by cemetery staff. The cemetery was founded in 1878. There are a lot of burials without gravestones in the older parts of the cemetery. However the records in the cemetery office are reasonably good, but sometimes have spelling and other errors, and a very small number of the older burials do not seem to have been recorded.
Manitoba Vital Statistics began in 1882. They have a free searchable index for deaths over 70 years ago, marriages over 80 years ago, and births over 100 years ago. This index provides only a small amount of information, but it does give date and location of death, age, and sometimes the date of birth of the deceased or the mother's maiden name. To get the full information you have to order a copy of the registration from the government website for $12. The free index is at Manitoba Vital Statistics index
The official website for Winnipeg's Brookside Cemetery, which has a searchable index of their burials, but no photos. Approx. 1881 to 1906 is not on the website yet:
Brookside Cemetery website index
and here is the Brookside Cemetery map
Winnipeg Free Press obituaries from about 1999 to the present. Free of charge
Winnipeg Free Press Archives website. The entire newspaper from 1874 to the present is searchable. Membership required.
The first 25 years of the Treherne Times newspaper, 1899 to 1924, are available free online. This newspaper also serves the Rossendale and Lavenham areas, Manitoba.
In Winnipeg's very large Brookside Cemetery there are about 110,000 burials, spread over about 120 different "Sections". I am mainly just going to work on burials for the 1880s to the 1910s and some 1920s. In Sections 1 to 8, N, O, Q, R, S, T, and U, I have photographed all the existing gravestones however I have not finished adding all of them to Find A Grave. These are some of the oldest sections in the cemetery, and many of those plots do not have gravestones. In 2015 I will likely finish all the stones in Sections D and M. I have taken quite a few pictures of the older gravestones in Sections B, E, F, L, K, H, W, 80, 81, and the oldest rows in Sec 21 and 22 (which are roughly pre-1920) but my photography in these places is nowhere near complete. In future years I will try to just work in the above areas, and on gravestones from the 1880s to the 1910s and some 1920s, except for photo requests and misc. others. I do not plan to work much at all on Sections A, C, and P either, because they are a little bit too new. I describe all this in case other people want to attempt taking photos of lots of stones in some of the other Sections, and to reduce any duplication of work. Some duplication of work is probably inevitable though. There is another website also with Brookside cemetery, it is the Canada GenWeb project, but it has far fewer photos than on Find A Grave. Here is the Brookside Cemetery map
For Winnipeg's Brookside Cemetery I sometimes give a little extra attention to the most common surnames. The most common surnames in Manitoba on the 1911 census were: Smith, Johnson, Brown, Anderson, Wilson, and then Campbell, Thompson, Johnston, Scott, Taylor, Stewart, Jones, Thomas, Clark, Young, Martin, McDonald, Williams, Ross, Jackson, Robinson, Bell, Robertson, Miller, White, Moore, Wright, Graham, Walker, Cook, McDonald, Hamilton, Watson, Hall, Mitchell, Wood, Davis, Davidson, Lee, and Green.
Useful URL's for Find a Grave:
Rossendale in order by death year
Brookside in order by death year for letter A
Brookside burials for 1906
Search memorial contributions by Garth Woodward
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