New Brunswick Probate Records

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Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records include wills, petitions, letters of administration and testamentary, and inventories. Most wills were created by individuals with substantial property. Most poor people, such as farmers and workers, arranged their affairs without legal action. Wills can give relationships, names, and dates. Wills are nice to find, sometimes they mention every member of a family, but if the older children have already been given land or funding for some enterprise, they may not be included, or will be left some nominal sum or token. Administration papers can be far more informative. Even an estate of a few hundred dollars must be divided among all the legal heirs. Probate is a county matter, and at one time probate records were held in each of the fifteen counties. Most surviving early records have been transferred to the provincial archives and microfilmed copies returned to the county. [1]

Indexes[edit | edit source]

County Guides[edit | edit source]

Probate records exist as both probate files and probate books, the former containing all the assorted documents, the books contain an abstract of the probate proceedings. Indexed files and registers are available for most counties. A summary of what exists and what is microfilmed is found in the County Guides of the Provincial Archives of New Brunbswick.

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick[edit | edit source]

Until recently, most probate records were held in the county courthouses of New Brunswick. These records have been moved to the Provincial Archives. Most of the probate files are arranged chronologically and then alphabetically. Indexes exist for most probate files. Record Group 7 at the Provincial Archives contains probates for the following years:

  • Albert Co.1845–1855 (misc.)
  • Carleton Co.1833–1964
  • Charlotte Co.1785–1965
  • Gloucester Co.1836–1964
  • Kent Co.destroyed by fire
  • Kings Co.1786–1964
  • Madawaska Co.1894–1966
  • Northumberland Co.1860–1966
  • Queens Co.1785–1976
  • Restigouche Co.1839–1968
  • St. John Co.1785–1904
  • incomplete to 1963
  • Sunbury Co.1786–1976
  • Victoria Co.1845–1960
  • Westmorland Co.1787–1885 (misc.)
  • York Co.1786–1976

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Douglas, Althea. "New Brunswick Legal Records (National Institute)," The National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2012),