The following is a news release from the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government:
Vital Statistics records for deaths registered in Newfoundland and Labrador from 1950 to 1968 are now available online via The Rooms website.
In 2021, Digital Government and Service NL’s Vital Statistics Division provided an initial transfer of 59,698 death certificates, to allow public access for research purposes. This is the first time a collection of vital statistics records has been digitally transferred to The Rooms Provincial Archives. The records can be found on a searchable database here Vital Statistics (Deaths 1950-1968) digital collection.
All original materials and digital copies are still maintained by the department. Marriage, birth and additional death records will be added to the Archives in the near future.
The database can be keyword searched by: name; date of death; sex; marital status; place of death; or date of registration of death. Attached to each individual record is a digital reproduction of the individual’s registration of death.
The Rooms Provincial Archives holds many useful genealogical research sources, in paper and microfilm format, including: Vital Statistics (pre-1892), Vital Statistics (1891-1949) collections, parish records, census records, the All Newfoundland Births, Family History Collection (MG 929), Gert Crosbie collection, Mildred Howard collection and select newspapers.
“Enabling public access to historic documents online is an important public service that we are proud to facilitate. Thanks to the work of The Rooms, Vital Statistics and the Office of the Chief Information Officer, we are allowing people to research and easily find answers to questions about their history and ancestors.”
Honourable Sarah Stoodley
Minister of Digital Government and Service NL
“Digitalizing these Vital Statistics records is bringing our history into the present in a modern, accessible way. In doing so, The Rooms is further cementing its own place as the province’s largest cultural facility – not only for the appreciation and exploration of art, heritage and culture, but for archival research, as well. I expect this new development to entice more Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to explore their ancestries and family trees.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation
“Digital transfer of vital statistics records is an exciting milestone for The Rooms. These records are essential for genealogical research, and making them publicly available is one of our core archival services. I am delighted that the public can conveniently access these records online, and I am grateful to staff at The Rooms, Vital Statistics and the Office of the Chief Information Officer for their involvement in this project.”
Anne Chafe, CEO
The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador