Canada Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Canada Marriages, 1661-1949
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Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1661-1949
Languages English
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What is in This Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1661 to 1949.This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The information in these records usually include the following:

Birth

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace

Marriage

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Names of parents or witnesses
  • Date of the marriage or license
  • Birth dates and birth places of the bride and groom
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Occupation of the groom
  • Name of the officiator

Death

  • Name of deceased
  • Name of spouse
  • Birth date and or age at death
  • Place and date of death
  • Sex
  • Name and birthplace of Father
  • Name and birthplace of Mother

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The coverage table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births, 1661-1959 Marriages, 1661-1949 Deaths and Burials, 1664-1955
Alberta 0 420 0
British Columbia 4,141 32 0
Canada 2,157,542 184,204 55,148
Manitoba 1,775 864 0
New Brunswick * 2,702 0
Newfoundland and Labrador 220 409 0
Northwest Territories 1 0 0
Nova Scotia * * 15,683
Ontario * * 6,658
Prince Edward Island 358 94 0
Quebec * 14,243 23,700
Saskatchewan 347 148 0
Total 2,160,243 262,985 101,189

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Look at an image of the original record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, death, or census records
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname, unless the surname is a common surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records
  • Witnesses or bondsmen listed on the marriage were usually relatives

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing any original indexes to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames, middles name, or an abbreviation of their given name

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Known Issues With This Collection

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Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Canada, Marriages, 1661-1949." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
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