New Brunswick, Provincial Returns of Births and Late Registrations (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: New Brunswick, Provincial Returns of Births and Late Registrations, 1810-1906  and New Brunswick, Late Registration of Births, 1810-1899.

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1810 to 1899.

Registrations were kept on printed forms and then bound into volumes. The entries are arranged chronologically by date of registration.

Provincial vital registrations are considered a reliable source in family history research because they contain a record of an event usually registered very near the time the event occurred. 

These collections includes birth records from 1869-1905, and 1906 (only surnames beginning with letters A-Be); and late registrations, 

New Brunswick is one of the four original provinces of Canada. It entered into the Canadian Confederation on July 1, 1867. Following the passing of the Vital Statistics Act of 1887, registrations of birth were collected and kept by the provincial government. Also, the government collected delayed registrations dating back to 1801. 

Births were recorded in New Brunswick to better serve public health needs, and to provide demographic and personal identification.

These collections includes an index and images of provincial returns of births, 1869-1906 and late registrations, 1810-1905. The late registrations from 1810 to 1899 are arranged by birth year and then surname. Although the index is complete, images are being added to this collection as they become available.

For an alphabetical list of names currently published in the New Brunswick, Late Registration of Births, 1810-1899 collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

New Brunswick Vital Statistics Branch. New Brunswick provincial returns of births and late registration. Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of birth
  • Child's name and gender
  • Was child a single, twin or triple birth
  • Was child born alive or stillborn
  • Were parents married
  • Father name and age
  • Father's place of birth
  • Father's origin, occupation and residence
  • Mother's maiden name and age
  • Mother's place of birth
  • Some records contain an explanation of why registration was late

How to Use the Records

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Ancestor's name
  • Names of parents

Searching This Collection

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the Surname Range which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Using the Information

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Compare the information in the birth record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

Unable to Find Information?

  • The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
  • If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Canada New Brunswick Archives

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Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"New Brunswick, Provincial Returns of Birth and Late Registrations, 1810-1906." Index and images, FamilySearch (]: accessed 31 March 2011. entry for Alice Maud Peterson, born 27 August 1880; citing Birth Records, FHL microfilm 1,943,967; Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.