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A guide to selected genealogical resources at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.


 Churches kept some of the earliest and most complete records and newspapers printed engagement and marriage announcements. Marriage information also appears in census schedules, pension applications, vital records, and city directories; and on tombstones. The Systematic Series of vital records to 1850 for 206 Massachusetts communities includes lists of births, marriages, and deaths. The following selections illustrate the variety of marriage records available in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.

Selective List of Materials in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library

Calendar of marriage licenses issued by the Faculty Office, 1632-1714 - Canterbury (England: Province). Faculty Office 
Call Number: CS 434 B7 Volumes 32-33 1968

Dictionnaire national des Canadiens francais (1608-1760) 
Call Number: CS 88 Q4 D5 1965 t. 1-3
The first two volumes of this set, also known as "The red Drouin books" or the "National Dictionary of French Canadians," contain abstracts of marriage records from Quebec. The most complete entries list the bride and groom, their parents, and their date and place of marriage. The place of origin of the first person who came to Canada also appears in the marriage listings.

Early Virginia marriages - Crozier, William Armstrong 
Call Number: F 225 C9 1968

Leicestershire marriage licenses: being abstracts of the bonds and allegations for marriage licenses, preserved in the Leicester Archdeaconry Registry, 1570-1729.
Call Number: CS 434 B7 Volume 38 1968

Mariages de St.-Denis-sur-Richelieu, comte de Vercheres, 1740-1964 - Loiselle, Pierre 
Call Number: CS 88 S24 L6

Marriages and deaths, 1800-1820 from the National Intelligencer, Washington, D.C. - Metcalf, Frank J. 
Call Number: F 193 M4 1968
The National Intelligencer (1800-1869) was an important tri- and semi-weekly political newspaper that covered Congressional proceedings. Its listings include the Washington, D.C. area and extend to the surrounding Maryland and Virginia counties. "It is common to find notices involving people in New York, Pennsylvania, and the New England states." Entries arranged by year and then listed alphabetically by the groom's name. Includes a separate index of brides' names.

Marriage notices, 1785-1794, for the whole United States, copied from the Massachusetts Centinel and the Columbian Centinel - Bolton, Charles Knowles 
Call Number: CS 68 B7 1965
The Columbian Centinel (1790-1820+) continued the Massachusetts Centinel (1784-1790). These Boston newspapers were published on Wednesdays and Saturdays. "Marriages recorded in the Centinel were of three kinds: those of well-to-do persons, useful to the genealogist because they give in many cases the actual day of the marriage as well as the name of the bride's father and his residence; those of celebrities, like members of the Washington family, sometimes communicated by travellers, and often inaccurate; those of eccentric people, usually amusing."

The registers of the parish church of Lancaster; baptisms, burials, and marriages.
Call Number: CS 436 L3

The registers of the Wallon or Strangers' church in Canterbury. 
Call Number: BX 9450 H8 Volume 5

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