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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian: Archival Centres  by Ryan Taylor. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

New Brunswick

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick
Richard Bennett Hatfield Archives Complex
Bonar Law-Bennett Building, 23 Dineen Drive
University of New Brunswick Campus
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Telephone: (506) 453-2122

Mailing Address:
Provincial Archives, Box 6000
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5H1

The New Brunswick archives website is one of the most user-friendly you will find. It is easy to move around, clear in what it offers, and very well written. There is less information about the use of the reading room itself than we find in other provincial archives’ sites because the emphasis here is on online research. There are a great many finding aids, which take you down to the file level. There is also an assortment of searchable databases including listings of genealogies (including those in manuscript), directories, land grants (this is actually at the University of New Brunswick site but can be reached by one click from the archives site) and an Irish Famine Database. This last covers 1845-1852 and a variety of resources. The information on individuals varies according to what is in the original record, and some people may appear more than once if they are in various records.

One of the archivists has published the standard guide for the province, Starting a family history project in New Brunswick, Canada, compiled by Robert F. Fellows (1995). Information is also available in Terrence Punch’s Genealogist’s handbook for Atlantic Canada research (2nd edition, 1997). There are also extensive guides for each county in New Brunswick, available online at the archives site; you can print them free from there.

The New Brunswick archives also offer an online Federated Database Search which searches thirty individual databases simultaneously.


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