Civil Registrations - Part II

by E.B. Lapointe

To continue from last month's column on civil registrations in Canada, the following provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, as well as the three territories of the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, will be covered this month.

Provinces (cont'd)

The archives in New Brunswick holds the indexes for the following registrations -

  • The Index for Late Registrations of Births 1810-1906
  • The Index for County Birth Registers 1801-1899
  • The Index for the Provincial Registrations of Births 1900-1905
  • New Brunswick Marriages 1887-1926
  • Death Certificates 1920-1951

Their website address is

For further information on registrations, please contact the Registrar General, New Brunswick Division of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1.

In the province of Newfoundland, vital statistics are arranged on the archives website according to the community in which the event was registered. The finding aid is located at their website of

For further information, please contact the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Service Centre, P.O. Box 8700, St. Johnís, NL A1B 4J6.

Nova Scotia has marriage bonds from 1763 to 1840 on its archival website at For more information on the registration of births, marriages and deaths, one must write to the Nova Scotia Department of the Registrar General, P.O. Box 157, Halifax, NS B3J 2M9.

It should be noted that since 15 February, 2002, only the person named on the certificate, a parent, legal guardian or an administrator of the personís estate can apply for a copy of a personís birth, marriage or death certificate.

The Prince Edward Island Archives has a finding aid to baptisms prior to 1866, deaths prior to 1906, Marriage Register Books 1832-1923, Marriage Licenses 1787 to 1919, and Marriage Bonds from 1849 to 1902 on their website

For information on births after 1840, marriages after 1886, and births and deaths after 1906, please contact the Prince Edward Island Division of Vital Statistics, Department of Health & Community Services, P.O. Box 3000, Montague, PE C0A 1R0.


In the territory of the Yukon, one can contact the Yukon Territory Registrar of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 2703, Whitehorse, YK Y1A 2C6.

In the Northwest Territories, please contact the Registrar General, Vital Statistics, Department of Health and Social Services, Bag 9, Inuvik, NT X1A 2L9.

In the territory of Nunavut, contact the Registrar General of Vital Statistics, Nunavut Health and Social Services, Bag #3, Rankin Inlet, NU X0C 0G0.

Information on the registration of births, marriages and deaths for these territories can be found at these locations.

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