New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Nouveaux-Brunswick Retours provinciaux de mariages

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1887 to 1919.

The returns of marriages are arranged alphabetically within each year by surname of the groom. New Brunswick instituted registration for all vital statistics in January of 1888. There are very few returns for 1887. 

For a list of records by dates and surnames currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

New Brunswick Vital Statics Branch. Returns of Marriages. Provincial Archives or New Brunswick, New Brunswick, Canada.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

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

How to Use the Record

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Ancestor's name
  • Approximate year of marriage
  • Names of parents

Search This Collection

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Year" category
⇒Select the "Surname Range" category which will take you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Using the information

When you have found the record of your ancestor, the following tactics will aid you in your research:

  • Use the age to calculate a birth year.
  • Use the residence to search in the Canadian Censuses.
  • Use the place of birth and the calculated birth year to search for a birth record.
  • Search for a marriage record using the names of the parents.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

If you can't find the information that you are looking for, try the following tactics:

  • Search for the names of the parents instead of the child.
  • Look for alternative spellings of the name.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages, 1887-1919," Images, FamilySearch( accessed 28 February, 2012), 1887-1888 > A-Z > Image 507 of 527; George A. White and Zora M VanWart, married 25 January 1888; citing New Brunswick Vital Statics Branch. Returns of Marriages. Provincial Archives or New Brunswick, New Brunswick, Canada