Intergovernmental and Indigenous Affairs Secretariat

How to Locate Your Ancestors

Provincial contacts that may assist you in your search

The Provincial Archives Division is available at the following address to assist you in locating your ancestors.

The Rooms Provincial Archives DivisionThe Rooms
P.O. Box 1800, Station C
9 Bonaventure Avenue
St. John’s, NL
A1C 5P9
Tel: (709) 757-8030
Fax: (709) 757-8017
Email:

Vital Statistics is available to assist you in obtaining a birth, marriage or death certificate for any resident of the province from 1892 to present. If you are looking for an ancestor that lived before 1892 please contact the Provincial Archives.

You may apply in person at any of the following Government Service Centres:

Address Phone Hours (Mon. — Fri)
Clarenville
8 Myers Avenue
Suite 201
(709) 466-4060 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM ¹
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM ²
Corner Brook
Mount Bernard Avenue
Sir Richard Squires Building
(709) 637-2204 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM ¹
or 4:00 PM ²
Gander
Fraser Mall
230 Airport Blvd.
(709) 256-1420 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM ¹
or 4:00 PM ²
Grand Falls-Windsor
3 Cromer Avenue
Provincial Building
(709) 292-4206
(709) 292-4259
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM ¹
or 4:00 PM ²
Harbour Grace
7-9 Roddick Crescent
(709) 945-3107 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
2 Tenth Street
(709) 896-5428
(709) 896-5430
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM ¹
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 3
(Closed for lunch 12:00-1:00pm)
Labrador City
118 Humphrey Road
Bruno Plaza
(709) 944-5282 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM ¹
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 3
(Closed for lunch 12:00-1:00pm)
Lewisporte
224 Main Street
Porte Building
(709) 535-0262 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM ¹
8:30 AM or 4:00 PM ²
(No counter service available)
Marystown
1 Harris Drive
Industrial Park
(709) 279-0837 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM ¹
or 4:00 PM ²
Mount Pearl
149 Smallwood Drive
(709) 729-3699 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM ¹
or 4:00 PM ²
(Motor Registration services open at 8 am)
Port aux Basques
Main Street
Provincial Building
(709) 695-2835 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM ¹
or 4:00 PM ²
(No counter service available)
St. Anthony
6-8 North Street
(709) 454-8833 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM ¹
or 4:00 PM ²
Stephenville
35 Alabama Drive
(709) 643-8650 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM ¹
or 4:00 PM ²
Springdale
200 Main Street
(709) 673-4218 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM ¹
or 4:00 PM ²
(No counter service available)
Please Note: Business hours and counter service hours may vary at some locations. Also note that all services are not available at every location.

¹ September to mid-June (Counter Service 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM)
² Mid-June to mid-September (Counter Service 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM — 1:30 PM — 4:00 PM)
3 Mid-June to mid-September

As well, persons applying for birth certificates are required to provide identification:

  • one piece of photo ID; or
  • two pieces of othert ID, at least one of which contains signature or address.

If you apply for the birth certificate in Mount Pearl, there is approximately a 20 minute waiting period. If you apply in Gander, Corner Brook, Clarenville or Grand Falls-Windsor, you are still able to get them in the same day. If you apply at any of the remaining offices, there is approximately a three day processing period (this does not include mailing time). Note: Processing times are approximate and will change depending on the volume of applications received.

For more information on Birth Certificates, including how to order a Birth Certificate Online or by Mail, please see Service NL – Birth Certificate

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