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 Post subject: Town Clerks
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:48 am 
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I am wondering if town clerks keep records of births, marriages, and deaths, which occur in their town or are they transferred to somewhere else?

Yours in genealogy,
Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Town Clerks
 Post Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:36 pm 
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You're not likely to find any town clerk records. Municipalities came kind of late to Newfoundland (outside St. John's), so town clerks did too. Early records were kept by local clergy, or sometimes missionaries, and then you hear stories of the time the church burned down taking all the records with it! Eventually, the provincial government started keeping records for the province, and had copies of whatever church ones survived made. Some of the old records are on this site (the Grand Banks site); the official repository is PANL (Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador) where the staff are very helpful, but of course they're in St. John's. Churches may still have the originals. Nowadays, scans are available on some sites like Ancestry, too.

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