Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

Vital Statistics from Government Records (RS141)

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IndexDescriptionYearsRecordsLast updated
141A1b Index to Late Registration of Births 1810-1924 112,418 2020-11-25
141A1c Index to Late Registration of Births: County Series 1869-1901 2,294 2019-09-10
141A2/2 Index to County Birth Registers 1800-1919 87,968 2020-11-27
141A5 Index to Provincial Registrations of Births 1870-1924 169,726 2020-11-23
IndexDescriptionYearsRecordsLast updated
141B7 Index to New Brunswick Marriages 1847-1969 286,556 2020-11-27
IndexDescriptionYearsRecordsLast updated
141C1 Index to County Death Registers 1885-1921 40,447 2020-08-11
141C4 Provincial Returns of Deaths 1815-1919 84,189 2020-10-29
141C5 Index to Death Certificates 1918-1969 246,718 2020-11-25



C4. Provincial Returns of Deaths: 1815-1917 (bulk 1888-1917)


These registrations of deaths were submitted after the Vital Statistics Act of 1887. Within this series there are approximately 150 deaths predating that year, going back as far as 1815.

These indexes include the name of the deceased, the date of death, the county where the death occurred, the registration number of the certificate, and the microfilm F-number whereon the certificate may be viewed.

The individual certificates themselves include more or less: the name, sex, and residence of the deceased, the date and place of death, the length of residence in the Province and County is given, racial origin, marital status, date of birth, place of birth, occupation, name of spouse, names and birthplaces of parents, name and address of informant, place and date of burial, cause of death, and duration of illness, depending on the form used and whether it was fully completed.

While using the index, researchers should remember that many names on the certificates are nearly illegible, and that prior to our 'technological age' modern spelling conventions were not strictly followed. Nonetheless, every attempt has been made to accurately present the information. When a women's previous name is given in the index, it is included and the entries are marked with an asterisk. Also, some women were registered under their husband's name only (eg., MRS. JOSEPH SMITH) without her given name on the certificate. In those cases, the index will show "SMITH, JOSEPH (MRS.)".

The abbreviations used for New Brunswick's fifteen counties are as follows:

AL =Albert
CA =Carleton
CH =Charlotte
GL =Gloucester
KE =Kent
KI =Kings
MA =Madawaska
NO =Northumberland
QU =Queens
RE =Restigouche
SJ =Saint John
SU =Sunbury
VI =Victoria
WE =Westmorland
YO =York

Finally, the names must appear as recorded -- Archives cannot make changes to the official records.

Viewing the Complete Record:
The completed death certificates are available only on microfilm. The microfilm number is included in the index, along with the reference codes. The films can be viewed at the Provincial Archives in Fredericton, or at a library participating in the inter-library or inter-archives microfilm loan program.

Official Death Certificates:
The information provided in the database is for reference only. Official death certificates necessary for legal and other important purposes cannot be issued by the Archives: they are issued by the Department of Health and Community Services, Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, E3B 5H1.

Death Registrations on Microfilm
See the RS141 finding aid, sub-series C4, for a listing of microfilms applicable to these death registrations.