The Diocesan Archives reside in the NB Provincial Archives building, 23 Dineen Drive on the Fredericton Campus of the University of New Brunswick.
Because of its large and varied collection, the Diocesan Archives can be of service to the occasional researcher as well as the specialist. The Provincial Archives are open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday.
Diocesan Archives Liaison: Monica Smart | 506.453.8431
Some of the common, pre-determined headings under which Anglican Church records are organized at the Provincial Archives:
- Synod journals
- Vestry Records
- Financial Records
- Legal Documents (including deeds of land, deeds of consecration and deconsecration)
- Correspondence (described item by item)
- Service Registers (a record of Sunday services often including comments on weather conditions and local events)
- Parish Registers (containing records of baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths)
- If you need proof of birth, marriage or death, you should contact NB Vital Statistics.
- Organizations and Committees (including some organizations no longer in existence)
- Books and Magazines (several parishes have printed their own magazines over the years)
- Sunday School Records (these are very rare records at the Diocesan Archives)
- Architectural Plans (for churches, halls and rectories)
- Histories (mostly of parishes, but there are a few of deaneries and the Diocese)
- Programs of Special Services (records of church consecrations, anniversaries and celebrations)
- Clippings and Scrapbooks
The Archives are working on getting all appropriate Anglican records available online. To see what is currently available, check their county Genealogical Guides which each contain a section that indexes what church records they have for that county, divided by parish or region within the county. The Anglican collection is MC223.
The Provincial Archives have partnered with the New Brunswick Genealogical Society’s to facilitate access to Anglican baptism, marriage and death records online via the Anglican Registers Project. This is where digitized and transcribed marriages, baptisms and deaths recorded in New Brunswick Anglican registers held at PANB, can be searched. Registers can be searched as a Guest, but to search by name, location, event type, date or do a full text search, an NBGS membership is required.