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Burials

Deaths and burials are not recorded in parish records as early as baptism and marriage records. In researching an ancestor's death in New Brunswick, estimate where and when the individual died, discover what records are available and study information on churches near where they lived. In the past, if an individual died away from home they were often buried in a cemetery near where they died. A large number of New Brunswick people were buried in small private family cemeteries at the edge of a clearing, on the boundary line between lots, or in an apple orchard.

Almost all of these little graveyards lie neglected and forgotten, overgrown with weeds and bushes, their stones fallen over, or crumbled away. To discover burial records for abandoned or destroyed churches, contact a nearby church of the same denomination and inquire about the missing records. Cemeteries, large and small, public and private, are found in every part of the province. The easiest graveyards to locate are those that are in current use and that have accessible burial records. Harder to find are cemeteries in rural areas that were once adjacent small country churches which have long since disappeared. Before visiting a cemetery get in touch with the caretaker who may know the burial places of additional family members and who may be able to explain family relationships among others buried in the cemetery.

Death and burial information is found in hundreds of New Brunswick church records within the PANB. Burial records are not as complete as the other vital records and sometimes the burial date but not the death date is given. Family historians should study both the County genealogical guides, the Subject Guide to Microfilm and the County Microfilm Guide for information on churches near where an ancestor lived. Also check the Title Index to Private Sector Records for additional material.