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== Record Description  ==
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| title = Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949
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| location = Canada
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| start_year = 1840
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| language = English
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| FS_URL_01 = [[Canada]]
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| FS_URL_03 = [[Newfoundland and Labrador Genealogy|Newfoundland]]
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| FS_URL_04 = [[Newfoundland|Newfoundland History]]
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| FS_URL_05 = [[Newfoundland and Labrador Vital Records|Newfoundland and Labrador Vital Records]]
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| FS_URL_06 = [[Canada Vital Records Index]]
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| FS_URL_07 = [[Newfoundland and Labrador Genealogy|Newfoundland and Labrador]]
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| FS_URL_08 = [[Canada History Links]]
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| FS_URL_09 = [[Canada Historic Maps]]
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| FS_URL_10 = [[Library and Archives Canada]]
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://nl.canadagenweb.org/ Newfoundland and Labrador Genweb]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://ngb.chebucto.org/ Newfoundland's Grand Banks - Genealogy]
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://nl.canadagenweb.org/ Newfoundland and Labrador GenWeb]
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://www.genealogysearch.org/canada/newfoundland.html Newfoundland and Labrador Genealogy Records Online]
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| custodian = [https://www.therooms.ca/collections-research/genealogy-research Provincial Archives, St. John's]
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This collection contains records dating from 1840 to 1949.
 
  
This collection contains images of births, delayed registrations of births, marriages, and deaths.
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== What is in this Collection?  ==
  
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.&nbsp;
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This collection contains records dating from 1840 to 1949.  
 
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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.  
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Official registration of Births, marriages, and deaths did occur in Newfoundland until 1891.  
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These records include images of births, delayed registrations of births, marriages, and deaths.  
  
For a list of records by date and event currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1790939/waypoints Browse].  
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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 date back to 1840. A delayed birth certificate is considered to be a birth certificate not filed within one year of the date of birth. Delayed birth certificates are generally a separate type of document and can include more types of documents than just late filings.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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Until 1948, most vital records were copies of church records. Clergy were required to register the baptisms, marriages, and burials they performed with the civil authorities. 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.
  
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.  
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Official registration of Births, marriages, and deaths did not occur in Newfoundland until 1891.  
  
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Civil registration started in Newfoundland in 1891-1892. In the 1930s and 1940s, the Newfoundland Department of Public Health and Welfare, requested that churches transcribe their pre-1891 baptisms and marriages. This collection contains the records of those churches which responded to the request. Beginning dates vary with each record, and many dates are out of chronological order.  
| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Vital Statistics Division. Newfoundland vital records. Provincial Archives of Newfoundland, St.John's.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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[[Newfoundland Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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For a list of records by date and event currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1790939/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
  
== Record Content:  ==
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===Sample Images===
  
 
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'''Birth Records and Delayed Registration of Birth date from 1840 to 1915 and may contain the following information:'''
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'''Baptism, Birth Records and Delayed Registrations of Birth from 1840 to 1915''' may contain the following information:  
  
*Name of child
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Certificates of '''baptism''':
*Gender
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*Date and place of baptism
 
*Date and place of birth  
 
*Date and place of birth  
*Name of father
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*Name and gender of child
*Maiden name of mother
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*Date of baptism
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*Occupation of father
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*Names of witnesses
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'''Marriage Records date from 1891 to 1922 and may contain the following information:'''  
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Applications for '''birth records''':
  
*Date of marriage
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*Child's name and gender
*Place of marriage  
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*Child's date and place of birth
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*Date and place of baptism and by whom baptized
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*Father's full name and occupation
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*Mother's maiden name
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*Names of witnesses and their residence
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*Witnesses' relationship to child
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'''Marriage records date from 1891 to 1922''' and may contain the following information:
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*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Name of groom and bride  
 
*Name of groom and bride  
*Age (if known)
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*Age of each
*Bachelor or Spinster
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*Bachelor, spinster or widowed
 
*Occupation  
 
*Occupation  
*Religion Denomination
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*Birthplace
*Residence at time of marriage
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*Religion denomination
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*Residence at time of marriage  
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*Witnesses
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*Name of officiator
  
'''Death Records date 1891 to 1949 and may contain the following information:'''<br>
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'''Death Records date 1891 to 1949''' and may contain the following information:  
  
*Name of deceased  
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*Name and gender of deceased  
*Gender
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*Residence of deceased
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*Age in years, months and days
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*Date and place of death
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*Cause of death
 
*Place of birth  
 
*Place of birth  
*Date and place of burial
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*Marital status and occupation
*Place of death
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*Religious denomination  
 
*Religious denomination  
*Age
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*Date and place of burial
*Place of interment (Burial)
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==How do I search the Collection?==
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'''Search by Name''' by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1790939?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page].
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'''View Images''' in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1790939/waypoints Browse Page].<br>
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Once you've reached the browse page, follow these instructions to get to the images: <br>
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⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.
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Look at the images one by one, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years " category which takes you to the images.
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== What do I do Next?  ==
  
Look at the images one by one 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.
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=== What does this record tell me?===
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It is important to analyze the information from the records. Here are some ideas and tips for this specific collection:
  
 
'''Birth Index'''  
 
'''Birth Index'''  
  
'''1.''' Search Birth Index 1891-1892, Volume 01 for your ancestor and note page and line number.  
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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 will not allow you to recover the page number or line number, which can make the search more difficult.  
 
Some pages are damaged and will 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.  
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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 on the left or right upper corner of the page.  
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'''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 on the left or right upper corner of the page.  
  
 
The page will state the District and the entry will give you:  
 
The page will state the District and the entry will give you:  
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*Remarks (certificate number)
 
*Remarks (certificate number)
  
'''3.''' Repeat this process for Birth Index 1891-1892, Volume 02, noting the following:  
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'''3.''' Repeat this process for ''Birth Index 1891-1892, Volume 02'' and other volumes, 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.  
 
*Page 1 is missing and the pages are partly damaged.  
*Births 1893-1895, Certificate Number 634464-639686 is a continuation of the previous record.
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*When searching in ''Births 1892-1895, Certificate Numbers 620001-634463'', it is advisable to read the remarks on the frontice page at Image 2.
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*''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.  
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'''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.''
  
 
'''Delayed Births'''  
 
'''Delayed Births'''  
  
'''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.  
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'''1.''' ''Births 1861-1865, Box 02'' contains delayed registrations of births; these are listed alphabetically. The documents are varied, containing mostly affidavits requesting a birth record stating that this person was born on a specific day to specific parents in a specific place. They are sometimes supported by baptism records and declarations by ministers or priests. 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.  
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'''2.''' Note: ''Births 1866-1869, Box 03-04'' and ''Births 1870-1871, Box 05'' should be listed under ''Delayed Births Index, Box 01-34.''
  
'''3.''' Delayed Birth Index 1840-1915, Box 01-34 contains:  
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'''3.''' ''Delayed Birth Index 1840-1915, Box 01-34'' contains:  
  
 
*Sworn affidavits of person attesting to the age of relatives, friends or acquaintances.  
 
*Sworn affidavits of person attesting to the age of relatives, friends or acquaintances.  
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This collection contains a number of marriage records, as well as one death record. They are noted in the indices.  
 
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 inclusively&nbsp;for the years 1840 to 1915. Each box contains a finding aid (index) for the volume(s) in that particular box. The index lists the surnames of all records contained in the box. The year of each record is noted. Each volume of records is arranged alphabetically.  
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These thirty-four boxes of bound records are for the years 1840 to 1915, inclusively. Each box contains a finding aid (index) for the volume(s) in that particular box. The index lists 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 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.  
 
This master index lists 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.  
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'''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.  
  
 
'''Death Indexes'''  
 
'''Death Indexes'''  
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The Death Indexes cover the years 1891-1949. The Death Indexes provide the years and volumes to be searched to obtain the original record.  
 
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.  
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'''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:  
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The following records contain a Vital Statistics Index:
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*'Death Index 1920-1930
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*Death Index 1931-1937
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*Death Index 1938-1945
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*Death Index 1946-1949  
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This Vital Statistics Index states:
  
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
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*Registration number (this number corresponds to the Certificate Number)
 
*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.  
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The Death Indexes correspond to the Deaths records with the years and volume numbers.
  
 
'''Marriage Index'''  
 
'''Marriage Index'''  
  
Marriage Index 1891-1892, Volume 01 records are at Images 49-86. Images 1-48 are misplaced duplicates of death records from the Death Index 1891-1892, Volume 01 link..  
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''Marriage Index 1891-1892, Volume 01'' records begin with Images 49-86. Images 1-48 are misplaced duplicates of death records from the ''Death Index 1891-1892, Volume 01'' link.
  
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.  
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In ''Marriages 1887-1920, Certificate Numbers 950001-950016'', the 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 one record for Aug. 2, 1888.  
  
Marriages 1921-1922, Certificate Number 950001-950011 Note: Certificate numbers begin correctly with image #1.  
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For ''Marriages 1921-1922, Certificate Number 950001-950011'', the certificate numbers begin correctly with image #1.  
  
The Marriage Indexes with the years and volume numbers correspond to the Marriages, with years and volumes.
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The Marriage Indexes correspond to the Marriages records with years and volumes.  
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What? ===
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*Once a birth or marriage has been established from this record collection, try to find your ancestor in the [[Newfoundland Census, 1921 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] or [[Newfoundland Census, 1935 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] if your ancestors were alive during these times. The census can help with verifying residency for a certain time and other important information.
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Newfoundland Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What? ===
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*Try using variations on the surname when searching. Spelling was not standardized, so it could be spelled many different ways throughout the ancestor's life.  
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*Try using nicknames or middle names when searching.  
  
== Related Websites ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
*[http://ngb.chebucto.org/ Newfoundland's Grand Banks - Genealogy]  
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| bgcolor="#fff3e7" style="vertical-align:top; line-height:125%; padding-top:8px" | '''Problems with this collection?'''<br>[https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Newfoundland-Vital-Records-1840-1949-known-issues&lang=en See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Newfoundland-Vital-Records-1840-1949-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
*[[Newfoundland|Newfoundland History]]
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==Citing this Collection==
*[[Newfoundland and Labrador Vital Records|Newfoundland and Labrador Vital Records]]
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
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'''Collection Citation''':<br>
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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{{Collection citation | text= "Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949" Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2016. Citing Vital Statistics Division. Provincial Archives, St.John's.}}
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
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{{Record Citation Link
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'''Image Citation''':<br>
 
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{{Image Citation Link
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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"Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2012), Jonathan Anstey, 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.
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
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{{Contributor_invite}}
  
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Collection years 1840 - 1949
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Provincial Archives, St. John's


What is in this Collection?

This collection contains records dating from 1840 to 1949.

These records include images of births, delayed registrations of births, marriages, and deaths.

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 date back to 1840. A delayed birth certificate is considered to be a birth certificate not filed within one year of the date of birth. Delayed birth certificates are generally a separate type of document and can include more types of documents than just late filings.

Until 1948, most vital records were copies of church records. Clergy were required to register the baptisms, marriages, and burials they performed with the civil authorities. 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.

Official registration of Births, marriages, and deaths did not occur in Newfoundland until 1891.

Civil registration started in Newfoundland in 1891-1892. In the 1930s and 1940s, the Newfoundland Department of Public Health and Welfare, requested that churches transcribe their pre-1891 baptisms and marriages. This collection contains the records of those churches which responded to the request. Beginning dates vary with each record, and many dates are out of chronological order.

For a list of records by date and event currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Sample Images

Baptism, Birth Records and Delayed Registrations of Birth from 1840 to 1915 may contain the following information:

Certificates of baptism:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Date and place of birth
  • Name and gender of child

Applications for birth records:

  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Date and place of baptism and by whom baptized
  • Father's full name and occupation
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Names of witnesses and their residence
  • Witnesses' relationship to child

Marriage records date from 1891 to 1922 and may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name of groom and bride
  • Age of each
  • Bachelor, spinster or widowed
  • Occupation
  • Birthplace
  • Religion denomination
  • Residence at time of marriage
  • Witnesses
  • Name of officiator

Death Records date 1891 to 1949 and may contain the following information:

  • Name and gender of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Age in years, months and days
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Place of birth
  • Marital status and occupation
  • Religious denomination
  • Date and place of burial


How do I search the Collection?

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page.

View Images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.
Once you've reached the browse page, follow these instructions to get to the images:
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

What do I do Next?

What does this record tell me?

It is important to analyze the information from the records. Here are some ideas and tips for this specific collection:

Birth Index

1. Search Birth Index 1891-1892, Volume 01 for your ancestor and note page and line number.

Some pages are damaged and will 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 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
  • Sex
  • Date of register
  • Registering officer
  • Remarks (certificate number)

3. Repeat this process for Birth Index 1891-1892, Volume 02 and other volumes, noting the following:

  • Page 1 is missing and the pages are partly damaged.
  • When searching in Births 1892-1895, Certificate Numbers 620001-634463, it is advisable to read the remarks on the frontice page at Image 2.
  • 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.

Delayed Births

1. Births 1861-1865, Box 02 contains delayed registrations of births; these are listed alphabetically. The documents are varied, containing mostly affidavits requesting a birth record stating that this person was born on a specific day to specific parents in a specific place. They are sometimes supported by baptism records and declarations by ministers or priests. 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 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, inclusively. Each box contains a finding aid (index) for the volume(s) in that particular box. The index lists 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 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.

Death Indexes

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.

The following records contain a Vital Statistics Index:

  • 'Death Index 1920-1930
  • Death Index 1931-1937
  • Death Index 1938-1945
  • Death Index 1946-1949

This Vital Statistics Index states:

  • Name
  • Place of event
  • Birth year
  • Immigrant record
  • Full date of event
  • Registration number (this number corresponds to the Certificate Number)

The Death Indexes correspond to the Deaths records with the years and volume numbers.

Marriage Index

Marriage Index 1891-1892, Volume 01 records begin with Images 49-86. Images 1-48 are misplaced duplicates of death records from the Death Index 1891-1892, Volume 01 link.

In Marriages 1887-1920, Certificate Numbers 950001-950016, the 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 one record for Aug. 2, 1888.

For Marriages 1921-1922, Certificate Number 950001-950011, the certificate numbers begin correctly with image #1.

The Marriage Indexes correspond to the Marriages records with years and volumes.

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?

  • Try using variations on the surname when searching. Spelling was not standardized, so it could be spelled many different ways throughout the ancestor's life.
  • Try using nicknames or middle names when searching.

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Collection Citation:

"Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2016. Citing Vital Statistics Division. Provincial Archives, St.John's.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949.

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