St. James, NB Vital Records


Updated 2010

1 Deaths 1865-1887 19 Aug 04
2 Deaths 1888-1899 19 Aug 04
3 Deaths 2000-+ 2010
4 Charlotte County GenWeb - newspaper notices & county death register off-site link

There would be no vital certificates you could order as early as 1835. Civil registration of marriages, births, deaths, etc. did not start in New Brunswick until the late 1880's.

Most Counties in NB began their marriage registers in about 1808/12. There are both registers and certificates  available for the time periods involved, which are held by the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB). Most of the County registers stopped about the 1880's, and they continued after that time in other files which are now coming online at PANB. The official registration date for other vital stats began ca. 1920, and these are held by the government office responsible for them.

Click here to access the  site for Vital Statistics in English.  or Vital Statistics in French.  That will give ordering information. Vital Stats keeps birth certificates on file for 100 yrs then they are turned over to PANB.  Here's what you'll find at the Vital Stats site:

What certificates are available? What information is recorded on each type of Certificate?
How to apply for a certificate What information is required to obtain certificates?
How to apply for a marriage licence What are the fees required for each type of certificate?
Thinking of changing your name? Other Services
Birth Registration Guide Contacts for Out-of-Province Vital Statistics Agencies

Death Certificates not available through the PANB online database may be ordered from Vital Statistics in English.  or Vital Statistics in French. Early birth records are practically non-existent.  The indexes for those which were registered is on the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB) site.  Also, see what PANB has to offer in their County Guides.  Using your interlibrary loan program at your local library (usually a free service), you can order up to 3 microfilms through this program from PANB.

Obituaries & Death Notices: Dan Johnson database which was compiled from NB newspapers over a 23 year period. The Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B. maintains the most complete collection of New Brunswick newspapers. If you can identify the specific newspaper and corresponding date of death, the staff of the Library has a scanner which will scan the obit directly from the microfilm into the computer and can send the results directly by email. The cost is very nominal. For more details regarding this service contact the Librarian at or Tel. (506) 453-3546

Divorce Records: Divorce in Canada is under federal Jurisdiction, and divorce wasn't as easy to get back then as it may now be, there was a private act of parliament which decreed divorces. If you know the approximate year, and have access to a historical collection of the Acts of Parliament, you should be able to find them. Starting sometime in the 1900's the only way for a divorce in Canada was by a petition to the Canadian Senate. The only grounds for a divorce was adultery. Starting about 1960 the divorce laws were changed and each province handles their own. NB divorce records from about 1850 to 1970 are located at the Provincial Archives in Fredericton. Write to PANB.


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