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Ask a Genealogist: Marriage intentions in Maine.

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Question:

In the vital records of Sanford, Maine, the town clerk records a marriage intention dated May 28, 1828 with a notation "Certificate dated 8th June 1828". What is the "certificate" and what is the significance of the date?

Answer:

By David Allen Lambert, NEHGS Chief Genealogist

The "certificate" would be the marriage certificate (or proof of marriage) signed by the clergyman, or justice of the peace, at the time of the wedding. This certificate would generally be returned to the town or city clerk who recorded their intention of marriage. You occasionally see the marriage date indicated on the intention. The town that issued the marriage intention is probably not the same town where the marriage occurred.
 

 

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