Best bet is to go to the general websites, such as:
Log onto Govt of NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA - Government Services and Lands - http://www.gov.nf.ca/gsl/gs/vs/http://www.gov.nf.ca/gsl/gs/vs/ - or Vital Stats - births, marriages, deaths - http://www.gov.nf.ca/panl/http://www.gov.nf.ca/panl/ - Once there, go to "Service to the public", then click onto "Client Services Section", then to "tracing your roots", then to "distance search". This is a form to be printed and sent to Newfoundland Govt, and for CAN$10ºº (about US$6.40) they will do the search for you. If you want copies, they will send you information on costs. Remember NFLD was a British colony for 452 years, from 1497 until 1949, when it joined Canada - some records may well be in the United Kingdom.
Maritime History Archive, Henrietta Harvey Building, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland CANADAA1C 5S7 Tel: (709) 737-8428 e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org/ - (fees on request)
Vital Statistics has birth, marriage and death records from 1892 to the present.
Vital Statistics, Government Service Centre, 5 Mews Place, St. John's, NF Hours: 8:30 to 4:30 (summer 4:00). To ensure full service, arrive prior to 4:15 (summer 3:45).
TEL: (709) 729-3308 FAX: (709) 729-0946
For records prior to 1892, please contact the provincial archives at (709) 729-3065. Their mailing address is:
Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador Colonial Building, St. John's, NF CANADAA1C 2C9
- http://www.infonet.st-johns.nf.cahttp://www.infonet.st-johns.nf.ca - St. John's Infonet. Built on the public library model, the St. John's InfoNET is an open, community-based computer system which allows members to share ideas and information electronically.
Birth, Marriage, Death Sites in St. John's, Newfoundland:
- http://www.mun.ca/library/cns/links.htmlhttp://www.mun.ca/library/cns/links.html - Centre for Newfoundland Studies, a division of Memorial University of Newfoundland Libraries. An extensive list of web sites and home pages on everything from Aboriginal People to Transportation, including links to hundreds of towns throughout the province, maps, statistics, and much, much more. Updated regularly.
The Basilica of St. John the Baptist, on Military Road in St. John's NFLD, was once known as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The change was made in the 50's when the Pope gave it the status of a minor Basilica. You will find many records there. If your ancestor was born, married, or died in St. John's, records are here or at St. Patrick's Church. R.C. ARCHDIOCESE is tel: 709-726-3660; FAX at newsletter "Monitor" is 709-739-6458. The BASILICA telephone is 709-754-2170.
The main Anglican (Episcopalian) Church is also known as the Cathedral of St. John The Baptist, and is on Church Hill, St. John's, NF. Tel: 709-726-5677; FAX: 709-726-2053. The Diocesan Archives, 19 King's Bridge Road, is tel: 709-576-6697 or FAX 709-576-7122.
S.L. Seary, "The Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland" - the standard information source for surnames in Newfoundland before and after 1949 when it became part of Canada. Seary was a professor or teacher, and many of his students helped collect the information in this book as part of their graduate studies.
Judge Daniel Woodly Prowse "The History of Newfoundland"(1800's ?)
Dr Keith Matthews has ca. 6000 surnames in the Newfoundland fishery & settlement: 1640-1840 "Crew Agreements & Official Log Books for British Vessels: 1863-1938" (filed by name of vessel, then by year)
"Certificates of Vessel Registry - Colonial Ports: 1820-1920"
- http://www.Cyndislist.comhttp://www.Cyndislist.com - go to each province in Canada. It gives you many county by county cemeteries and the names in them (**NOTE: Newfoundland never had counties; don't try to find any.)