Examples of Presbyterian Marriage Certificates :
1) Marriage Certificates 1848 to 1880 :
Marriage certificate of William Shanks of Maori Hill Dunedin "settler" to Euphemia Wilson "settler" 23rd August 1864, the marriage conducted by the Rev Thomas Burns.
As a general rule, information included on certificates to 1880 will include :
- The marriage number in the Parish Register
- Date and place of marriage. (As a general rule, most marriages until well into the 20th century took place at a private residence rather than in a Church).
- Full name of the Groom
- Full name of the Bride
- Ages ("full age" was often entered to indicate that they were over 21 years of age)
- Rank, occupation or profession
- If a widow or widower (maiden name is sometimes mentioned including date when first spouse died)
- If Banns took place prior to marriage (proclamation in Church of intention to marry) - relates to very early marriages only.
- Name of officiating Minister
- Names, occupations and addresses of two witnesses.
- Signatures of all parties
- If the marriage was later dissolved including the date.
2) Marriage Certificates 1880 to 1930 :
Marriage certificate of John Lundie "Union Company" Sea Captain of Port Chalmers to Emily McHaffie "Photographic Retoucher" 29th August 1896.
Subsequent to the passing of "The Marriage Act 1880" in September 1880, marriage certificates from this date may include the following additional information :
- Birthplace of the Groom
- Birthplace of the Bride
- Present and usual residence of the Groom
- Present and usual residence of the Bride
- Full name and occupation of the Father of the Groom
- Full name and maiden name of the Mother of the Groom
- Full name and occupation of the Father of the Bride
- Full name and maiden name of the Mother of the Bride
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