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The pre-1892 Registers of Vital Statistics are government records that were collected in an effort to gather information from before the start of civil registration (which commenced in 1891). These handwritten registers are open to the public at the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador, where they are sometimes referred to as the "black books" on account of their black binding.
Note that these records were provided by clergy on a voluntary basis, which is to say that not all clergy submitted copies of the records in their custody to the government. A guide to the records that are available has been made available by PANL in the form of a Community Index that indicates which volumes contain references to particular communities.
These Vital Statistics records constitute a valuable collection of information, especially in cases where the original church records are not available. In addition to being available at PANL, many of these records have been digitised and placed online at FamilySearch.org.
FHSNL is in the process of building a database which can be searched using the form that appears on this webpage.
The number of entries that are currently in the database is: 66962
The following Vital Stats records are currently in the process of being transcribed and added to our database:
|79||Badger's Quay||1862-1892||Church of England|
The following Vital Stats records have been fully transcribed and entered into our database:
|26B||St. John's, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist||1796-1848||Church of England|
|26C||St. John's, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist||1753-1791||Church of England|
|29||Quidi Vidi, Christ Church||1856-1875||Church of England|
|30||St. John's, St. Thomas Church||1830-1840||Church of England|
|31||Petty Harbour||1824-1891||Church of England|
|31||Witless Bay||1884-1891||Roman Catholic|
|32||Pouch Cove||1842-1891||Church of England|
|33||Foxtrap||1875-1891||Church of England|
|33||Topsail||1880-1891||Church of England|
|40||Bay Roberts||1859-1891||Church of England|
|41||Spaniard's Bay||1860-1891||Church of England|
|45||Upper Island Cove||1882-1891||Church of England|
|46||Carbonear||1860-1890||Church of England|
|57||Bay de Verde||1880-1892||Roman Catholic|
|60||Heart's Content||1869-1892||Church of England|
|61||Heart's Delight||1884-1892||Church of England|
|61||New Harbour||1885-1891||Reformed Episcopal|
|61||Whitbourne||1889-1891||Church of England|
|62||New Harbour||1861-1891||Church of England|
|63||Trinity||1859-1891||Church of England|
|64||Trinity||1823-1860||Church of England|
|64A||Trinity||1753-1823||Church of England|
|67||Catalina||1834-1892||Church of England|
|68||Bird Island Cove||1890-1891||Methodist|
|68||Random||1880-1891||Church of England|
|71||Bonavista||1786-1845||Church of England|
|71A||Bonavista||1845-1892||Church of England|
|73||King's Cove||1847-1892||Church of England|
|73A||King's Cove||1834-1849||Church of England|
|74||Brooklyn, Bonavista Bay||1879-1891||Church of England|
|81||Salvage||1865-1893||Church of England|
|82||Fogo||1860-1892||Church of England|
|83||Change Islands||1856-1891||Church of England|
|83||Fogo||1841-1860||Church of England|
|86||Twillingate||1879-1893||Church of England|
|99||Rose Blanche||1860-1892||Church of England|
|102||Hermitage||1875-1891||Church of England|
|110||Harbour Grace||1775-1807||Church of England|
|111||Harbour Grace||1807-1830||Church of England|