NEW BRUNSWICK MARRIAGE RECORDS
We are able to offer this collection of marriage records courtesy of George Hayward, who has contributed to the Society in so many ways. Thank you, George.
These records cover only a few New Brunswick counties and only for limited periods. We will expand this collection as more material becomes available.
It is important for users of this collection to remember that in the early 1800s persons who were licensed to perform marriages in New Brunswick were required to complete a marriage certificate and deliver it to the County Registry. There, a clerk entered the information in a record book.
Generally, certificates were filed and registered within a few days to a few weeks. However, there are some examples where certificates were not filed for several months, even a few years. And in at least one case certificates were apparently lost at the time of a clergyman's death and were never recorded.
The handwriting on the marriage certificates was interpreted and recorded by the registry clerks, with varying levels of accuracy. Some clerks wrote legibly while the handwriting of others can be deciphered only with considerable difficulty, if at all. Also, over the years some of the ink has faded, which increases the degree of difficulty and the potential for error. While every effort has been made to transcribe the records as written, including the spelling used by the recording clerk, it is certain that this collection contains inaccuracies.
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