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There would be no vital certificates you could order as early as 1885. Civil registration of marriages, births, deaths, etc. did not begin in New Brunswick until in 1888 after legislation in 1887. The Late Registration Program sometimes includes records back as far as 1801. Therefore, census files, family bibles and tombstone/cemetery records/photos will be your source for 'primary' data.
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. The Canadian National Archives website in Ottawa also explains the procedure for NB and other provinces.
Click here to access
the site for New Brunswick's Vital Statistics . 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
What information is recorded on each type of Certificate?
What information is required to obtain certificates?
What are the fees required for each type of certificate?
How to apply for a certificate
How to apply for a marriage licence
Thinking of changing your name?
Birth Registration Guide
Contacts for Out-of-Province Vital Statistics Agencies
Obituaries & Death Notices: 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 HILref@unb.ca or Tel. (506) 453-3546 (May 2005)
Divorce Records: Divorce 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.(May 2005)
Death Certificates not available through the PANB online database may be ordered from Vital Statistics. Early birth records are practically non-existent. The indexes for those which were registered is on the PANB site.
Because of the close proximity of the US to Charlotte County, and the fact that a lot of birth, deaths & marriages occurred "OVAH THE RIVAH",[sic] (over the river in Calais & Washington County), here's where you can Obtain a Birth Certificate for any State
PANB has a guide to each County. In it they list the type of records they have, and go into further detail with microfilm numbers. Here's the Charlotte County List. You may go to your local library and request to borrow up to 3 microfilms from PANB. The service is usually free. and is called the Inter Library Loan (ILL) program.