The following is a transcription of the Chursinoff Cemetery located 12 miles north of Mikado, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Keys No. 303. Land location: SE 21-32-2 West of Second. Latitude: 51°45.088. Longitude: 102°13.185. Transcribed by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Fred S. Petroff and Fred J. Strelieff on April 30, 2005. Updated on December 3, 2008.
View of the cemetery from the grid road facing north-west.
This cemetery was established in 1918 by members of the Chursinoff family and other Independent Doukhobors living in the district north of Mikado, Saskatchewan. It remained in active use until 1969 and then fell into disuse and neglect. In 2007, it was cleared and refurbished. It is privately owned and is now well maintained.
The cemetery is approximately a tenth of an acre in size and is enclosed by a wire fence. There is an iron gate on the west side. The cemetery contains 14 interments in a single section comprised of four rows facing east-west. Five of graves have no marker, however, the mounds are still clearly visible. For these, I have used death certificates and oral tradition to identify the interments. With respect to graves with markers, the markers are typically plain, upright marble or slate headstones. Click here for an online cemetery map.
To access the cemetery from Mikado, travel north from the junction of Highway No. 5 and the Village of Mikado Exit for 3 miles (4.8 km). Follow the road east for 2 miles (3.2 km) and then continue north again for 6 3/4 miles (10.9 km). To access the cemetery from Canora, travel north on Highway No. 9 for five miles (8.1 km). Then turn east on Secondary Route No. 754 for 9 miles (14.5 km). Turn north on the gravel road and continue for 3 miles (4.8 km). The cemetery is on the north side of the road allowance. This cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.
|Surname||Name||Birth Date||Death Date||Comments|
|Chursinoff||Danilo K.||1869||May 10, 1923|
|Chursinoff||Domna D.||1894||–||No Marker|
|Chursinoff||Fedosia P.||Feb. 14, 1913||May 16, 1922|
|Chursinoff||Lizaveta M.||May 14, 1926||Mar. 14, 1929|
|Chursinoff||Lizaveta P.||Apr. 25, 1860||Jan. 14, 1931|
|Chursinoff||Michael P.||Sep. 20, 1904||Mar. 14, 1929|
|Chutskoff||Mabel||1904||Jun. 18, 1927||No Marker|
|Podmoroff||Fanny A.||–||–||No Marker|
|Zbeetnoff||Anastasia S.||1851||Feb. 03, 1935||Nee Reibin|
View of the cemetery gate from west facing east.
View from the cemetery from the south facing north
Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information including: marker transcriptions, death certificates and oral tradition. I have photos of the headstones and would be happy to share them. Special thanks to Florence Pohozoff and Joanne Zbeetnoff for assisting in identifying additional interments. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to the Chursinoff Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.