New Brunswick Provincial Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950 and New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages and Late Registrations, 1920-1950.
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|New Brunswick, Canada|
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|Location of New Brunswick, Canada|
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|Canada New Brunswick Archives, Fredericton|
- 1 What is in this Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in this Collection?
This article is about two collections of New Brunswick marriage records.
When complete, the collections will contain marriage records from New Brunswick, including:
- Marriage Registers — 1789-1889
- Marriage Certificates — 1887-1950
- Delayed Registration of Marriages — 1920-1945
- Returns of Marriages — 1887-1950
Records are written in English.
The provincial government of New Brunswick began recording births, marriages, and deaths in 1888. For 1810 to 1887 records, there is a "Late Registration" compilation which is indexed. It is located at the Provincial Archives. These records were registered after 1888.
Vital records are the responsibility of the provinces except for the registration of First Nations individuals (Native Canadians), which is a federal responsibility. In some provinces, authorities began registering births, marriages, and deaths since the 1860s. Complete registration in all the provinces and territories was achieved in the 1920s. After this date, almost all individuals who lived in Canada are recorded.
The information recorded in civil records of vital registration varied over time. Later records generally give more complete information. Vital records are usually written in English or French, but content varies by time period and province. For example, before 1907 in Ontario, parents’ names were not usually on death certificates, but they are after that date.
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
Records generally contain the following information:
- Date and place of marriage
- Groom's full name
- Groom's age, marital status, occupation and residence
- Groom's place of birth
- Groom's religious denomination
- Groom's literacy
- Name of groom's father's and birth place
- Maiden name of groom's mother and birth place
- Bride's full name
- Bride's age, marital status, occupation and residence
- Bride's place of birth
- Bride's religious denomination
- Bride's literacy
- Name of bride's father and birth place
- Maiden name of bride's mother and birth place
- Names of witnesses
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor.
- The approximate year of marriage.
- The place where the marriage occurred.
- The name of the intended spouse.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse Images" on the initial search page
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type" category
⇒Select the appropriate "Year or Year Range" category
⇒Select the appropriate "Certificate Range" category, which will take you to the images.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- Find information about the parents and where they were born.
- Find the maiden name of the bride and her parents.
- Use this information to look through the Canadian Census collections. That information could help you find out the parents approximate birth date, their birth places, and their children.
- County marriage records written before 1888 can be found at the Provincial Archives for several counties.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?
- Expand your search of marriage records to include family members, such as when and where children were born, records of brothers and sisters and possible relatives found in the area where your ancestor lived. This can help narrow down the place to search in other records.
- See what records exist in the family, such as Bibles, letters, obituary clippings, or records from previous research by yourself or a family member
- If you believe a marriage took place but cannot find a record of the marriage, search records of intent to marry.
- Your ancestor might have lived in a different place from where you were looking for the birth, marriage, or death.
- Your ancestor may have used a nickname or a different surname, or the registrar spelled the name wrong. See Name Variations in Canadian Indexes and Records.
- Your ancestor might have lived at a slightly different time from the years you were looking.
- For more information on how to use this record, go to Canada Vital Records.
Citing This Collection
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
- "New Brunswick Provincial Marriages, 1789-1950" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton.
Record citation (or citation for the index entry):
- "New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages and Late Registrations, 1920-1950" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton.
Record citation (or citation for the index entry):
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