New Brunswick Vital Records

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The provincial government of New Brunswick began recording births, marriages, and deaths in 1888. For 1810 to 1887 records, there is a "Late Registration" compilation which is indexed. It is located at the Provincial Archives. These records were registered after 1888.

Online vital records search available free at New Brunswick Provincial Archives.

Online New Brunswick death certificates for years 1920-1938 and Provincial Returns of Deaths for years 1818-1919 are available at pilot.familysearch.

Another dependable source for births and deaths before 1888 is the church register. Records from 1888, although incomplete up to 1920, are available from:

Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
Telephone: 506-453-2385
Fax: 506-444-4139

An index to births, marriages and deaths for 1800-1959 (RS141) is available at  This includes index to late registration of births, 1810-1913; index to late registration of births, county series, 1869-1901; index to county birth registers 1800-1913; index to provincial regisrations of births, 1898-1913; index to marriages 1847-1958; index to county death registers 1885-1921, provincial returns of deaths, 1815-1919; and index to death certificates 1920-1959.

County marriage registers kept by the government before 1888 are found at the Provincial Archives. These are available for the following counties:

  • Albert Co.1846–1888
  • Carleton Co.1832–1888
  • Charlotte Co.1806–1887
  • Gloucester Co.1832–1860, 1873–1887
  • Kent Co.1844–1887
  • Kings Co.1812–1888
  • Northumberland Co.1792–1887
  • Queens Co.1812–1887
  • Restigouche Co.1838–1878
  • St. John Co.1810–1887
  • Sunbury Co. (Licenses)1810–1887
  • Westmorland Co.1790–1887
  • York Co.1812–1888

Record Group 3 (Provincial Secretary), Record Series 551, consists of marriage bonds for various townships and counties for the years 1810–1932. These are located at the Provincial Archives at .

Many private collections held in various archives can contain marriage records or notices. These are listed in:

  • Robert F. Fellows' Researching Your Ancestors in New Brunswick, (Fredericton, New Brunswick, 1979), pp. 118–119.