and locations of records
the purposes of this web site, church listings are restricted
to those in existence before approximately 1900, since that
is the time period of most interest to most genealogists.
Churches are divided according to denomination. A special
note is required concerning the Methodist, Congregational
and Presbyterian denominations; in 1925, the first two and
many congregations of the latter merged into the United Church
of Canada, and records from these congregations are often
found in these churches.
Roman Catholic information is fairly complete and accurate,
but the information for the other denominations MUCH less
so. Any researchers who can provide either a good
overview, or information on both the development of a denomination,
or where holdings of records can be found, are encouraged
(or implored, maybe!) to contribute these to this site.
provided are to either the churches themselves, or to archival
bodies that hold their records. These records are listed
by denomination rather than geographically. Churches
are listed approximately in order of their founding.
Note the dates of establishment of the different parishes;
records pre-dating the establishment of the parish might be
located in adjacent parishes.
- Centre d'Etudes Acadiennes, Universite de Moncton, Moncton,
N.B., E1A 3E9; phone (506) 858-4085; fax (506) 858-4530; web
The Centre has indices for many of the records, especially
in Acadian regions, making it much easier to locate entries
PANB - Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, P.O. Box
6000, Fredericton, N.B. E3B 5H1; web site http://www.gov.nb.ca/supply/archives/.
- Moncton Public Library, 644 Main St., Suite 101, Moncton,
N.B. E1C 1E2; web site http://www.monctonpubliclibrary.ca/.
(Church of England)
Martin's in the Woods - Shediac Cape - Shediac Parish
- begun in 1821, this is the oldest church in Shediac. Records
are available at the PANB, MPL (1829-1957) (film C-13, C-3020,
F-1104). Records for 1825-1835
are online on this site.
Paul's - Sackville - Sackville Parish - begun in 1820,
records are available at the PANB, MPL (1820-1971).
Anglican - Dundas - adjacent to Shediac Parish - although
located in Kent County, it is very near the county line and
vital statistics of Westmorland County individuals may be
found there. Records are available at the PANB, MPL (1870-1912).
George's Anglican - Moncton - Records are available at
the PANB, MPL (1843-1990).
development of the Baptist church followed a unique pattern
- one man, Joseph Crandall, travelled between Salisbury and
Sackville, stopping in The Bend (Moncton) through the early
1800s. He founded or encouraged churches in all three locations.
- Salisbury Parish - founded upon the preaching of Elder Joseph
Crandall in the late 1700s, Records are available at the PANB,
the Moncton Public Library (1829-1957).
- Moncton City - founded as "Moncton Baptized Church
of Christ" in June 1828 - previous to that, followers
tended to join the Salisbury church. Records are available
at the PANB, the Moncton Public Library (1829-1957).
- Shediac Town - Shediac Parish - dating from about 1840,
Records are available at the PANB, the Moncton Public Library
- Shediac Town - Shediac Parish - dating from 1839, Records
are available at the PANB, the Moncton Public Library (1829-1957).
Catholic church traditionally has maintained very complete
records of baptisms, marriages, and burials. Baptisms
list the sponsors (or godparents) of the child, sometimes
identifying their relationship to the baptised. Witnesses
to marriages are given, and often the parents of the bride
and groom are also identified.
- Memramcook (Saint-Thomas de Memramcook)
- Dorchester parish - Founded
before 1755, re-established around 1781; records extant from
1806. Microfilm from 1806-1920 are available at CEA
and PANB (F15663-F15666); the index to the registers from
1806-1900 available online at http://www.umoncton.ca/etudeacadiennes/centre/memramcook/mem-lis.htm.
Transcription of 1806-1870 available for sale from Lois
1800 - Grand-Digue (La Visitation) - Kent County - While
Grand-Digue is not in Westmorland County, it is immediately
adjacent, and many early records of Westmorland County families
are found in its records. Founded around 1786; records
extant from 1800. Microfilm from 1800-1920 are available
at CEA and PANB. Transcription of 1800-1875 available
for sale from Lois Graham.
1812 - Barachois (Saint-Henri) - Shediac parish - Founded
around 1789; records extant from 1812. Microfilm from
1812-1920 are available at CEA and PANB.
1813 - Cap-Pele (Saint-Therese d'Avila) - Shediac/Botsford
parish - Founded 1800; records extant from 1813.
Microfilm from 1812-1920 are available at CEA, PANB (F1674,
F15653, F15654, F15670), and MPL (C-3020). Transcription
of 1812-1899 available for sale from Lois
Graham. This parish was also known as Shemogue in some
cases - the PANB lists it as Shemogue, for example.
1832 - Dieppe (Saint-Anselme) - Moncton parish - Founded
before 1755; re-established 1832; records extant from 1832.
Microfilm for registers from 1832-1920 are available at CEA
and PANB (F15680). Transcription of 1832-1870 available
for sale from Lois Graham.
1839 - Melrose/Botsford/Port Elgin (St. Clement's, St. Bartholomew's)
- Botsford parish - Founded 1839; records extant from
1839. Microfilm from 1839-1920 are available at CEA
and PANB (F1729, F15662).
1850 - Scoudouc (Saint Jacques le Majeur) - Shediac parish
- Founded 1805; records extant from 1850. Microfilm
from 1850-1920 are available at CEA, PANB (F1674), and MPL
(C-3020). Transcription of 1850-1870 available for sale
from Lois Graham.
1863 - Shediac (Saint-Joseph) - Shediac parish - Founded
1863; records extant from 1863. Microfilm from 1863-1920
are available at CEA and PANB (F15668).
- Moncton (St. Bernard's) - Moncton City - Founded before
1872; records extant from 1872. Microfilm from 1872-1920
are available at CEA; for 1806-1870 available from PANB (F15658).
- Haute Aboujagne (Sacre-Coeur-de-Jesus) - Shediac parish
- Founded 1874; records extant from 1878. Microfilm
from 1878-1920 are available at CEA and PANB (F15661).
- Dorchester (Saint Edward the Confessor) - Dorchester
parish - Founded 1880; records extant from 1885. Microfilm
from 1885-1920 are available at CEA and PANB (F15655).
- Sackville & Middle Sackville (Saint Vincent Ferrier
& Our Lady of the Holy Rosary) - Sackville parish
- Founded 1885; records extant from 1885. Microfilm
from 1885-1920 are available at CEA and PANB (F15679).