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1. Search Birth Index 1891-1892, Volume 01 for your ancestor and note page and line number.
- Some pages are damaged and that does not allow you to recover the page number or line number, which can make the search more difficult.
- The fact that you found your ancestor in the Birth Index for 1891-1892, Volume 01 does help you know where to look next.
2. With the page and line number, go to Births 1891-1892, Certificate Numbers 640001-646442 and search for the page you noted in Volume 01. In this record, the page number is either hand-written or printed and these numbers appear in the middle or alternately on the left or right upper corner of the page.
The page will state the District and the entry will give you:
• date of birth
• place of birth
• Parents’ names
• Father’s occupation
• Religious denomination of parents
• Date of baptism
• By whom baptized
• Name of child
• Date of register
• Registering officer
• Remarks (certificate number)
3. Repeat this process for Birth Index 1891-1892, Volume 02, noting the following:
- Births 1892-1895, Certificate Number 620001-634463 - it is advisable to read the remarks on frontice page at Image 2.
- Page 1 is missing and the pages are partly damaged.
- Births 1893-1895, Certificate Number 634464-639686 is a continuation of the previous record.
4. Repeat this process, using first the Birth Index 1895-1897, Volume 03 and then search for the birth entry in Births 1895-1897, Certificate Number 600041-660119
1. Births 1861-1865, Box 02 contains delayed registrations of births and are listed alphabetically. The documents are varied, containing mostly affidavits requesting a birth record and are sometimes supported by baptism records and declarations by ministers or priests, that this person was born on a specific day to specific parents in a specific place. These records are indexed in Delayed Births, Box 01-34.
2. Note: Births 1866-1869, Box 03-04 and Births 1870-1871, Box 05 should be listed under the following Delayed Births Index, Box 01-34.
3. Delayed Birth Index 1840-1915, Box 01-34 contains:
• Sworn affidavits of person attesting to the age of relatives, friends or acquaintances.
• Delayed registrations of birth (if a birth was not registered within one year from the date of the birth, an application had to be completed and supported by written evidence of birth).
• Photocopies of actual baptism/birth certificates.
• Extracts, by clergy, from parish registers of baptisms.
• Lists which include more than one family member which are sometimes copied from a Family Bible.
Some records may duplicate baptisms already available in the Collection of Vital Statistics Registers or the Parish Records Collection. Some are records of baptism/birth which may not be found elsewhere. This is especially true of church records which have been destroyed by fire and which predated the start of civil registration in 1891.
This collection contains a number of marriage records, as well as one death record. They are noted in the indices.
These thirty-four boxes of bound records are for the years, 1840 to 1915, inclusive. Each box contains a finding aid (index) for the volume(s) in that particular box. The index lists, alphabetically, the surnames of all records contained in the box. The year of each record is noted. Each volume of records is arranged alphabetically.
This master index lists, alphabetically, the surnames of all records contained in the entire collection of All Newfoundland Births (34 boxes). The year of each record is noted and the box in which it is contained.
Example: In Delayed Birth Index 1840-1915, Box 01-34 (image 9) is a record for Thomas Adams, 1860 in Box 02. With that information, go to Delayed Births 1859-1860, Box 01-02 (image 53) to see the original document.
The Death Indexes cover the years 1891-1949. The Death Indexes provide the years and volumes to be searched to obtain the original record.
Example: In Death Index 1891-1892, Volume 01 is a record for Alice Amelia Bennel showing the reference information of ‘page 1 line 4’. With that information, go to Deaths 1891-1891, Volume 01 and the search will locate her on Image #3.
In the following records, Death Index 1920-1930; Death Index 1931-1937; Death Index 1938-1945 and Death Index 1946-1949 is found a Vital Statistics Index that states:
2. Place of event
3. Birth year
4. Immigrant record
5. Full date of event
6. Registration number (this number corresponds to the Certificate Number)
The Death Indexes with the years and volume numbers correspond to the Deaths, with years and volumes.
Note: Marriage Index volume 01 mistakenly refers to Death Index Volume 01 and the missing Marriage volume was not found among the other volumes.
Marriages 1887-1920, Certificate Numbers 950001-950016 Note: Certificate numbers begin at image #3. The 1st page is a marriage affidavit and the 2nd page contains records for Dec. 1887 to Feb. 1888 and 1 record for Aug. 2, 1888
Marriages 1921-1922, Certificate Number 950001-950011 Note: Certificate numbers begin correctly with image #1.
Note: Marriages 1891-1892, Volume 01 will have to be searched without benefit of an Index, until the correct volume is located.
The Marriage Indexes with the years and volume numbers correspond to the Marriages, with years and volumes.
Collection Time Period:
This collection contains records dating from 1840 to 1949.
Newfoundland, including the area of Labrador, became a province of Canada in 1949. Official registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1891. This collection also contains “Delayed Registration of Birth” certificates as well. Some of these can date back to 1840.
Birth Records and Delayed Registration of Birth date from 1840 to 1915 and may contain the following information:
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Parent’s name (often just the father’s name)
- Name of child
- Sex of child
- Date of baptism
- Religious denomination of child
- Parishes where baptized.
Marriage Records date from 1891 to 1922 and may contain the following information:
- Date of marriage
- Place of marriage
- Name of groom and bride
- Age (if known)
- Bachelor or Spinster
- Religion Denomination
- Residence at time of marriage
Death Records date 1891 to 1949 and may contain the following information:
- Name of Deceased
- Date of Burial
- Place of Death
- Name of Deceased
- Religious Denomination
- Place of Birth (on some records only)
- Place of Internment (on some records only)
Why this Record Was Created:
Official registration of Births, marriages, and deaths did occur in Newfoundland until 1891.
These records are generally reliable but not all churches and clergy responded to the request for records. So the collection is not complete. Also, as most of the records were handwritten and then copied from there may be transcription errors and mistakes in orthography of some individual’s names. It is important to check for alternate and similar spellings.
Known Issues with This Collection
Problem #1: Birth Index 1891-1892, Volume 02 corresponds to Births 1892-1895, Certificate Numbers 640001-646442 and Births 1893-1895, Certificate Numbers 634463-639686.
Problem #2: Births 1861-1865, Box 02 and Births 1866-1869, Box 03-04 and Births 1870-1871, Box 05 are a miscellany of various documents; however, they are found indexed in the Delayed Birth Index, Box 01-34. They should be grouped with the other Delayed Birth Index, Box 01-34, directly below the Delayed Birth index 1840-1915, Box 01-34
Problem #3: Marriage Index 1891-1892, Volume 01 contains records for the "Index No. 1 Deaths."
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When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do 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 in found in the Wiki Article: How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections
Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection
"Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949." index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch,org: accessed 31 March 2011). entry for Jonathan Anstey, born January 6, 1870; citing Vital Records, Births 1870-1871, Box 05, Image 2; Newfoundland Vital Statistics Division, Provincial Archives of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland.
Sources of Information for This Collection:
Instructions for creating a citation for a Record Search or fsbeta Historical Records collection are found in the Wiki Article: How to Create Bibliographic Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections
Newfoundland Vital Records, 1840-1949, database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/); from Newfoundland. Vital Statistics Division. Provincial Archives of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland. FHL microfilm, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.