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Marriage

When searching for marriage data, start by discovering the church that the ancestor attended and check the parish records.  Marriages of most First Nation people are recorded in the Roman Catholic Church registers near where they lived.  There are also First Nation marriages recorded in early Anglican .Parish records for St. Andrews, Charlotte County and Sussex, Kings County.

In 1791 the first New Brunswick act to regulate marriage and divorce was passed.  An Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian or Quaker clergyman could marry a man and woman over the age of 21, or with parental consent if younger, after banns were published in the parish for three consecutive weeks.  In cases where the banns were not published or if the clergyman did not know both parties involved, a marriage license and bond was required.  When the marriage legislation was amended in 1834, Baptist and Methodist clergy received the right to perform marriages. 

In the past, some First Nation women married Acadian men.  If one is interested in learning more about Acadian history there is a wealth of Acadian resources at the Centre d'Études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson.