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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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?

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.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages, 1887-1919.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

These records usually contain the following information:

  • 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

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

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

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What Do I Do Next?

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

  • Cite the record. See below for help citing this collection.
  • Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index. To find a copy of the original record, visit the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick page.
  • To help keep track of your research, you may want to keep a research log. FamilySearch has an example example research log which you can download.
  • Use the information you have found to find the person in census records.

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

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives.
  • Search the records of nearby areas. *Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
- They might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name.
-A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages, 1887-1919." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing Vital Statistics Branch. Provincial Archives, Fredericton.

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