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This collection covers the deaths registered from 1815 to 1938.
The death registrations are recorded on individual, printed forms and consist of completed statements regarding deaths in New Brunswick. These statements were submitted to district registrars and registered by the registrar or director of Vital Statistics.
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 death were collected and kept by the provincial government. In this collection, there are a number of records which date from before the passing of the act. The oldest of these dates is 1815.
Registration of deaths began in 1887 in order to keep a written record of the population for use by the government.
Death registrations are the best source of death information in New Brunswick beginning in 1815.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the New Brunswick, Provincial returns of Deaths, 1815-1919 collection, select the Browse.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the New Brunswick, Death Certificates, 1920-1934 collection, select the Browse.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the New Brunswick, Death Certificates, 1935-1938 collection, select the Browse.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org 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 deaths. Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
These records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of death
- Name and residence of deceased
- Age of deceased in years, months and days
- Gender, race, marital status and occupation of deceased
- Date and place of birth of deceased
- Name and birth place of father
- Maiden name and birth place of mother
- Cause of death
- Spouse, if married
- Name of informant and their relationship to deceased
- Burial information
How to Use the Records
To begin your search in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Ancestors name
- Approximate year of death
- Place of death
Search the Collection
Search the index:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
Search the images:
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "County/City" category
⇒ Select the "Year Range" category
⇒ Select the "Parish/Town" category which will take 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
When you have found the record that you are looking for, the following will help you further your research:
- Use the age to calculate the year of birth, then search for a birth record of your ancestor.
- Search for a birth record of the deceased's father as well as the mother
- Search for a marriage date for the spouse of your ancestor if they were married at the time of their death.
- Search for a marriage record of the father and mother.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Usually the person who provided the death information was a child or other relative of the deceased.
- Death registrations are the best source of death information for an individual.
- These records may list a person's age, occupation, religious affiliation, and birthplace.
- You can use this information to then search for additional records.
- Death registrations after 1907 list the names and birthplaces of parents.
- Use this information to begin compiling a family group and to extend your lineage.
- The records are sorted by year and within each year the forms are alphabetized by each persons ending name.
Related Wiki Articles
- New Brunswick
- New Brunswick Genealogy
- New Brunswick Vital Records
- Name Variations in Canadian Indexes and Records
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"New Brunswick Provincial Deaths, 1815-1938," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XGZP-6JF : accessed 22 Aug 2012), Elizabeth M Broadhurst, 1931; New Brunswick Vital Statistics Branch. New Brunswick provincial returns of deaths. Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.