FULL MARRIAGE REGISTRY
The kinds of information included for my great grandfather Israel Young and his wife Johanna are:
- Date of the marriage: 22 Sep 1874
- Marriage by Licence (not Banns)
- Location: Falkland Road
- For the Groom
- Name: Israel YOUNG
- age: 22
- status: Bachelor (or Widower)
- occupation: ship carpenter
- resides: Lunenburg
- born at: Martins Brook
- parents and occupation: Young, John and Louisa - Farmer
- For the Bride
- Name: Joanna MEISENER
- age: 20
- status: Spinster (or Widow)
- resides: Second Peninsula
- born at: Peninsula
- parents and occupation: Misener, Martin and Catherine - Farmer [Note differences in spelling of the family name.]
- Witnesses: Charles Byer and Augusta Misener
It should be noted that name of a bride previously married would carry the family name of her late husband. However her maiden name would be given with that of her parents.
These records are held at the Nova Scotia Archives and Record Management in Halifax. They are also available from the church of the Later Day Saints on microfilms: 1318206, 1314018, 1314019, 1314025, 1314026, 1314081, 1314082, 1314083, and 131405.
LUNENBURG COUNTY CENSUS RECORDS 1881
The Census records contain useful information on the members of each family unit. In the case of Israel Young, his family is listed as
YOUNG, Israel, male, married, age 27, of German descent, born in Nova Scotia, no occupation listed, and a Methodist;
YOUNG, Joanna, female married, age 27, of German descent, born in Nova Scotia, and a Methodist;
YOUNG, Daniel, male, age 1, of German descent, born in Nova Scotia, no occupation listed, and a Methodist.
This information is found in 1881 Census District A2 Lunenburg, family # 161, which can be abbreviated as A2-161 . This would be interpreted as Israel and Joanna being a married couple with one child. There would be no information on Joanna’s maiden name. This record would not show that they had two other children who were born between 1874 and 1879 who died in infancy.