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| title = Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949
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| FS_URL_09 = [[Canada Historic Maps]]
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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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== What is in this Collection?  ==
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This collection contains vital records dating from 1840 to 1949. These records include images of births, delayed registrations of births, marriages, and deaths.
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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.
  
== Record Description  ==
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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. 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.
  
This collection contains records dating from 1840 to 1949.
 
  
These records include images of births, delayed registrations of births, marriages, and deaths.
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===To Browse 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.
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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.
 
  
Official registration of Births, marriages, and deaths did occur in Newfoundland until 1891.  
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In the birth index, some pages in volumes 1 and 2 are damaged and will not allow you to recover the page number or line number.  In volume 2, it is also advisable to read the remarks on the frontice page at image 2.  Search by Year:
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*Birth Index 1891-1892 Certificate Numbers 640001-646442
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*Birth Index 1892-1895 Certificate Numbers 620001-634463 and 634464-639686
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*Birth Index 1895-1897 Certificate Number 600041-660119
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Delayed Births are indexed as follows:
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*1861-1865 Box 2, Box 01-34
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*1866-1758 Box 3-4
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*1870-1871 Box 5, box 01-34
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*1840-1915 Box 01-34
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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.  
  
Civil registration started in Newfoundland in 1891-1892. In the 1930's and 1940's, 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.  
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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).
  
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] link from the collection landing page.  
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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.
  
== Record Content  ==
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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.
  
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*For ''Marriages 1921-1922, Certificate Number 950001-950011'', the certificate numbers begin correctly with image #1.  
Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4021478 48 Certificate of Baptism.jpg|Certificate of Baptism
 
Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4021478 48 Application of Birth -2.jpg|Application of Birth #2
 
Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4021478 48 Application of Birth.jpg|Application of Birth #1
 
Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4554335 976 Register of Marriages -1.jpg|Register of Marriage #1
 
Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4554335 976 Register of Marriages -2.jpg|Register of Marriage #2
 
Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4554335 989 Certificate of Marriage.jpg|Certificate of Marriage
 
Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4554335 988.jpg|Return of Marriage
 
Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4554320 49 Death Certificate.jpg|Death Certificate
 
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'''Baptism, Birth Records and Delayed Registrations of Birth from 1840 to 1915 may contain the following information:'''
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
  
Certificates of baptism:  
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'''Baptism, Birth Records and Delayed Registrations of Birth from 1840 to 1915''' may contain the following information:
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Certificates of '''baptism''':  
  
 
*Date and place of baptism  
 
*Date and place of baptism  
 
*Date and place of birth  
 
*Date and place of birth  
 
*Name and gender of child
 
*Name and gender of child
 
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Applications for birth records:  
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Applications for '''birth records''' usually include:  
  
 
*Child's name and gender  
 
*Child's name and gender  
Line 50: Line 88:
 
*Names of witnesses and their residence  
 
*Names of witnesses and their residence  
 
*Witnesses' relationship to child
 
*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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'''Marriage records date from 1891 to 1922''' and usually include:
  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
Line 63: Line 101:
 
*Witnesses  
 
*Witnesses  
 
*Name of officiator
 
*Name of officiator
 
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'''Death Records date 1891 to 1949 and may contain the following information:'''  
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'''Death Records date 1891 to 1949''' and usually include:
  
 
*Name and gender of deceased  
 
*Name and gender of deceased  
Line 75: Line 113:
 
*Religious denomination  
 
*Religious denomination  
 
*Date and place of burial
 
*Date and place of burial
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== Collection Content ==
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===Sample Images===
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4021478 48 Certificate of Baptism.jpg|Certificate of Baptism
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Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4021478 48 Application of Birth -2.jpg|Application of Birth #2
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Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4021478 48 Application of Birth.jpg|Application of Birth #1
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Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4554335 976 Register of Marriages -1.jpg|Register of Marriage #1
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Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4554335 976 Register of Marriages -2.jpg|Register of Marriage #2
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Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4554335 989 Certificate of Marriage.jpg|Certificate of Marriage
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Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4554335 988.jpg|Return of Marriage
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Image:Newfoundland Vital Records DGS 4554320 49 Death Certificate.jpg|Death Certificate
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To search this collection for birth records, it would be helpful to if you knew the following information:
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== How Do I search the Collection? ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The name of a relative or date of the event
  
*Name of parents
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===Search the Index===
*Approximate year and place of birth
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Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1790939 Collection Page] then:
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#Fill in the search boxes with the information you know.
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#Click Search. This will provide possible a list of matches.
  
To search this collection for marriage records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:  
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=== View the Images ===
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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] then:
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# Select the "Record Type and Years"
  
*Name of bride or groom
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*Approximate year and place of marriage
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
To search this collection for death records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
 
  
*Name of deceased
 
*Approximate year and place of death
 
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:<br> ⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1790939 Newfoundland Vital Records, 1840-1949]. Click on camera icon to see 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. Keep in mind:  
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== What Do I Do Next?  ==
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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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.
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*Use the information to find other records such as land and death records.  
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*Use the information to find additional family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.  
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*[[https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Newfoundland_Church_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? === 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.  Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surnameThis list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
 
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.  
==== Using the Information ====
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name, especially French or Latin versions.
 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.
'''Birth Index'''
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Canada Genealogy]].
 
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*Search in the [[Canada Archives and Libraries]].  
'''1.''' Search Birth Index 1891-1892, Volume 01 for your ancestor and note page and line number.
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=310&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Canada%2C%20Newfoundland%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Avital FamilySearch Library Catalog]
 
 
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, 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.
 
 
 
'''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.
 
 
 
'''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 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.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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:
 
 
 
*Name
 
*Place of event
 
*Birth year
 
*Immigrant record
 
*Full date of event
 
*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.  
 
 
 
'''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..
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
The Marriage Indexes with the years and volume numbers correspond to the Marriages, with years and volumes.  
 
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
{{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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== Related Websites  ==
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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.
  
*[http://ngb.chebucto.org/ Newfoundland's Grand Banks - Genealogy]
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==Citing this Collection==
*[http://canadaonline.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=canadaonline&cdn=newsissues&tm=9&gps=170_179_972_474&f=00&tt=14&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.gs.gov.nl.ca/birth/index.html Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Government Services]
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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>
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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{{Collection citation | text= "Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949" Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2017. 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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*[[Newfoundland|Newfoundland History]]
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'''Image Citation''':<br>
*[[Newfoundland and Labrador Vital Records|Newfoundland and Labrador Vital Records]]
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box. [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1790939/waypoints Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949]
 
 
 
<br> 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.
 
 
 
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]].
 
 
 
=== 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.
 
  
{{Collection citation | text= "Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Vital Statistics Division. Provincial Archives, St.John's.}}
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Record Description
Collection years 1840-1949
Languages English
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Archive
Provincial Archives, St. John's



What is in this Collection?

This collection contains vital 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.


To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949.


In the birth index, some pages in volumes 1 and 2 are damaged and will not allow you to recover the page number or line number. In volume 2, it is also advisable to read the remarks on the frontice page at image 2. Search by Year:

  • Birth Index 1891-1892 Certificate Numbers 640001-646442
  • Birth Index 1892-1895 Certificate Numbers 620001-634463 and 634464-639686
  • Birth Index 1895-1897 Certificate Number 600041-660119

Delayed Births are indexed as follows:

  • 1861-1865 Box 2, Box 01-34
  • 1866-1758 Box 3-4
  • 1870-1871 Box 5, box 01-34
  • 1840-1915 Box 01-34
  • 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.

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).

  • 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.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

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 usually include:

  • 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 usually include:

  • 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 usually include:

  • 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
 

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page then:

  1. Fill in the search boxes with the information you know.
  2. Click Search. This will provide possible a list of matches.

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:

  1. Select the "Record Type and Years"

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.
  • Use the information to find other records such as land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • [Church Records] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name, especially French or Latin versions.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Canada Genealogy.
  • Search in the Canada Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing this Collection

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.

Collection Citation:

"Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2017. 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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