Returns of marriage licences issued and marriages solemnized

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Returns of marriage licences issued and marriages solemnized

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  • Microfilmed 1982-1983 (Creation)

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17 microfilm reels

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quarterly returns submitted by the local issuers of marriage licences to the federal statistics office in Halifax, N.S. The returns are arranged by county, then chronologically by date and then alphabetically by district within each county. The returns generally list the parties being married, those co-signing the marriage bonds, the minister and church involved, and whether the licence was returned. Returns of marriages solemnized give the full particulars of the wedding including names of witnesses, ages of those married, and the names and occupations of their parents. The returns were then used to compile the marriage registration books. Numbers found on the returns correspond to registration numbers on individual licences and not to numbers generated for indexes. The Registration Act of 1864 provided for the appointment of deputy issuers of marriage licences in all parts of the province. They were responsible for providing marriage licences to the clergy in their areas, receiving the licences after they had been used in performance of marriages, and recording the marriages by licence and also by banns. The quarterly returns were submitted to the federal statistics office in Halifax, N.S.

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Records transferred by the Deputy Registrar General in 1933.


Was entered in "inventory system" as series list 1255.

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Marriage registration books are transcriptions of the information found in this series.

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