New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records

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New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages, 1887-1919
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New Brunswick, Canada
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Location of New Brunswick, Canada
Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1887-1919
Languages English, French
Title in the Language Nouveaux-Brunswick Retours provinciaux de mariages
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Related Websites
Canada New Brunswick Archives, Fredericton

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes marriage returns from 1887 to 1919. The returns of marriages are arranged alphabetically within each year by surname of the groom. New Brunswick introduced registration for all vital statistics in January of 1888. There are very few returns for 1887. Marriage Registers (registres de mariages). Civil officials recorded the marriages they performed in registers, usually preprinted forms bound in a book and kept in the civil office. If the marriage was performed by someone else, such as a minister or justice of the peace, that person was required to report the marriage information to the local official. The marriage returns have printed numbers and handwritten numbers which sometimes differ. The index refers to the handwritten numbers. The handwritten numbers also correspond to the numbers listed by each person in the county registers. Marriage dates are often out of chronological order in the county registers. The years listed are marriage years and not registration years.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages, 1887-1919.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Date and place of marriage, including county
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's place of birth
  • Groom's marital status, occupation and residence
  • Groom's religious denomination
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's place of birth
  • Bride's marital status, occupation and residence
  • Bride's religious denomination
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Witnesses' names and residences
  • By whom married

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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I Can’t Find the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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    • A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband

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