Funeral home records are not a source that is often easily accessible. Therefore, it is most welcome when such records find their way into a public archive. In St. John, Canada, the Brenan Funeral Home records are available at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.
Some of these records have been transcribed and are available online at the New Brunswick Irish portal website. They cover the time period 1901 to 1960, with a subset of 1136 records—from the full c.32,000— available on this database. One particular use for these records is that they can plug a gap if the death was not registered with the relevant local authorities. The full database and more information about these records are available here.