New Brunswick Church Records
Church records contain baptisms, marriages, and burials. Very few of these records for New Brunswick are indexed and most of them are located in the parish itself. Requests for information should be addressed to the individual church. To find the name and address of a church, use the church locator feature on each denomination's web site or consult a church directory. To obtain further information about various denominations, contact the denomination through their web site, telephone or address listed below.
The Anglican Book Centre
Anglican Church of Canada
600 Jarvis Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 2J6
United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces
1655 Manawagonish Road
Saint John, NB E2M 3Y2
Some early Baptist registers are in the Maritime Baptist Historical Collection held at:
Atlantic Baptist Archives
Wolfville, NS B0P lX0
A complete list of these records is found in Robert F. Fellows’ Researching Your Ancestors in New Brunswick, pages 226–36. These records are not available through interlibrary loan.
The Presbyterian Church of Canada
50 Wynford Drive
North York, ON M3C 1J7
Call the local diocese to obtain the appropriate information.
United Church of Canada
The United Church of Canada
3250 Bloor Street W.
Etobicoke, ON M8X 2Y4
Telephone: 416-231-7680 ex. 4036, 416-231-5931
THE DROUIN COLLECTION:
Drouin Collection 1621-1967 at Ancestry.ca. When searching these databases, be creative in the spellings as well as the various focuses in searching for an ancestor. The French language has many possible spellings for a name, as well as there are errors in the indexing.
This French-Canadian collection has over 15 million genealogical and vital records entries; they were microfilmed by the Institut Généalogique Drouin. In Quebec, under the French Regime, there were two sets of records kept: a copy for the civil government archives and a copy for the ecclesiastical church archives. The Drouin collection is a civil copy of these entries. Please note that the cutoff date of this collection is in the early 1940s; only a small percentage of entries were covered from 1948 to 1967.
This collection is divided into six databases: 1. Quebec Vital and Church Records, 1621-1967 2. Ontario French Catholic Church Records, 1747-1967, 3. Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954, 4. Acadia French Catholic Church Records, 1670-1946, 5. Quebec Notarial Records, 1647-1942, and 6. Miscellaneous French Records, 1651-1941. For details about these six databases, see "The Drouin Collection: Six Databases" at https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/The_Drouin_Collection:_Six_databases .
Acadia French Catholic Church Records, 1670-1946: This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the old Acadia. In the 1600s and early 1700s, Acadia covered today's provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, as well as Prince Edward Island and part of Quebec (i.e. the Gaspé Peninsula). The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.
A great number of church registers have been microfilmed by the National Archives of Canada. A list of their holdings is found in their Checklist of Parish Registers.
The registers of over three hundred Baptist, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Catholic churches are on microfilm at the Provincial Archives which can be ordered through interlibrary loan. A list of their holdings can be obtained from the archives.
Many of the above-mentioned registers are on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City or at local Family History Centers.
- New Brunswick Marriage Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)