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Death registrations are open to the public after 50 years.

In 1887, the New Brunswick General Assembly passed an Act to provide for the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages and the civil registration of deaths commenced.


RS141 New Brunswick Vital Statistics

Contains microfilmed county and provincial death returns, registers and indices. These records provide the name of the deceased, the place of residence, birthplace, sex, age, occupation, religion, date, place and cause of death, duration of illness, the name of the attending physician, and the name and address of the informant. There are a small number of returns for the years 1815-1887, but the bulk of the collection covers the years from 1888 to 1950. These microfilms can be used in the Search Room at the PANB, borrowed on interlibrary loan or used on the Internet. One should be aware that there are gaps in the records before 1920 and that not every death was noted in the vital records. Genealogists will have to consult parish records and other documents for death and burial information to fill in these gaps.


RS141 New Brunswick Vital Statistics: Death Registration of soldiers 1941-1947, C6 on microfilm reel F20079.

This contains death certificates for a number of New Brunswickers who died during World War II. 


Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers

Covers the years from 1785 to the 1890's. There are over eighty indexed volumes found in the Search Room at the PANB.


RS262 Chief Coroners Office Records

Records for the years 1950 to 1980.


RS315 Saint John Burial Permits

Data on more than 20,000 New Brunswickers who died in Saint John between 1889 and 1919.


RS173 Mactaquac Development Project Records

Information for a number of York and Carleton Countycemeteries flooded by the Mactaquac Dam head pond.


Among the private sector records at the PANB there are a number of collections that contain death data:

MC300 York Sunbury Historical Society Collection MS2/81

Information on "The Indian Grave Yard".


MC600 James Edwin Humphreys Collection, B2

There is a file on the Old Burying Ground on Petitcodiac River MC1606 Red Bank Cemetery Plan.


MC2297 Burnt Church Indian Reserve Cemetery Transcriptions

There is data for the 1780 to 1942 period. Additional reserve records were previously listed in the Birth information section of this guide and a more complete listing of Roman Catholic churches is contained in the County Genealogical Guides.


MC216 Williston Collection

There is death data for the Miramichi.


MC337 Robert B. Adams Records

Funeral director's records for the Fredericton area, 1896 to 1908.


FMC376 Wilson Cemetery Company Records

There is death data for the Salisbury, Westmorland Countyregion.


MC359 Fredericton Catholic Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions


MC1409 Fitzpatrick's Funeral Services Ltd. Records

Contain ledgers for the years 1889 to 1980 with death data on Saint John area residents;


MC1688 Jackson Ross Collection

There is death information for numerous Restigouche Countyresidents, 1833 to 1878


MC1307 Louise Manny Collection

Contains data on the deaths of various individuals in Northumberland County.


To obtain provincial vital records for more recent deaths write the

Vital Statistics Branch
PO Box 6000,
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1

New Brunswick Government Issued Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates