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Recently I was searching some births for my some Catholic relatives in Saint John, N.B. in the 1850's and 1860's.  Can you recommend where I can start my search?


By David Allen Lambert, NEHGS Chief Genealogist

Thank you for your "Ask a Genealogist" question regarding Catholic births in the 1850's and 1860's in Saint John, New Brunswick.  At the St. John the Diocesan Archives they have a wonderful database of families grouped together from the sacramental records.  If you contact the archives I am certain you will find it helpful.

Mary Kilfoil McDevitt, M.A.
Diocesan Archives,
One Bayard Drive
Saint John NB
E2L 3l5

Tel: (506) 653-6807

Births were not required on a government level until the late 1880's for the province.  An informative article by Peter Murphy on the holdings of the archives can be read online from our American Ancestors website at:

If you have any further questions please let me know.

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