New Brunswick: Genealogy resources

​​Are you researching ancestors who lived in New Brunswick? On this page, you will find information about records held at Library and Archives Canada and the provincial archives. There are also links to online resources and to other institutions, societies and government agencies.

New Brunswick was one of the original provinces that founded the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867.

Before that:

  • The first peoples were Mi'kmaq, Passamaquoddy and Maliseet.
  • In the 1600s, the area became part of the French colony of Acadia.
  • In 1713, Acadia became a British colony and in 1763 became part of Nova Scotia.
  • In 1784, the Colony of New Brunswick was created. Many Loyalists settled in the new colony.

Read our blog The founding of New Brunswick.

Civil registration (birth, marriage and death records)

Civil registration is a provincial jurisdiction. In New Brunswick, marriage and death records up to 1970 and birth records up to 1925 are in the custody of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.

Most of the records are searchable in their online database: Vital Statistics from Government Records (RS141)

View the finding aid (PDF 188 KB) on that page for the collection's contents and microfilm numbers.

See also Federated Database Search.

Some of the records are also available on FamilySearch: New Brunswick Indexed Historical Records

If the years of interest to you have not yet been transferred to the Provincial Archives, you must request copies of records from Service New Brunswick: Vital Statistics.

Adoption and divorce

The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick holds records of the Court of Divorce, 1796-1998 (RS58).

See also Court of Queen's Bench, Family Division: Frequently asked questions.

Courts and criminal records

Land records

The province is divided into counties. Each county is subdivided into civil parishes.
Land petitions and land grants are held at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick and are searchable in databases:

Wills and estate records

Wills and estate records are a provincial jurisdiction.  The records are held at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. Check under County Guides to see what records are available.

See also Wallace Hale's Early New Brunswick Probate, 1785-1835.

Other resources

  • Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

    The provincial archives holds many sources for genealogy research. On the top menu bar on the main page, click on Research Tools and on Exhibits and Education Tools. See also:

Visit Public Libraries by Community to find a library in the province. There might also be a local archives in the area where your ancestors lived.

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