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Lunenburg County (Va.) Ministers' Returns

Lunenburg County (Va.) Ministers' Returns, 1850-1854
Lunenburg County (Va.) Ministers' Returns
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Lunenburg County (Va.) Marriage Register No. 1,
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  • Lunenburg County (Va.) Ministers' Returns, 1850-1854, records the returns made by individual ministers of marriages performed within the county. As part of the return process, ministers filed marriage certificates with the county clerk. These signed documents certified that a minister had performed the actual marriage ceremony between the named individuals on a certain date. These returns also took the form of lists
  • Returns in this volume, prior to 1853, record the names of the parties, the date of the marriage ceremony and the minister's name and denomination. By 1853, more information was included in lists or certificates from the individual ministers such as the ages of the parties, where the couple was residing, the occupation of the husband, status of the parties before marriage and where parties were married. In addition, the parents names of both parties and the birthplaces of both parties were sometimes noted. An unnumbered internal index is found at the beginning of the volume. Entries are arranged by the first letter of the groom's surname as the name appears according to the page number of the volume
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  • Lunenburg County was formed from Brunswick County by an act that took effect on 1 May 1746. Part of Lunenburg County was added in 1777. The county was named for King George II, duke of Brunswick-L√ľneburg, a German possession of England's Hanoverian kings.
  • Until 1780, marriages could be performed only by ministers of the Established Church, who were required by law to record marriages in the parish register. In 1780, dissenting ministers (only four per county from each sect) were first permitted to perform marriage ceremonies. In order to have a record of all marriages, ministers were required to sign a certificate to be filed with the county clerk. Intially, ministers sent marriage certificates to the clerk every three months. Some ministers adopted a custom of making collected returns--a list of marriages performed within a period of time such as a year or several years. Beginning in 1784, marriage certificates were returned annually. The law was rarely enforced, and ministers' returns were sometimes late, incorrect, incomplete, and in many instances, not made at all. County clerks compiled a register of marriages based, in part, on ministers' returns.
  • The original ministers' returns and marriage certificate, from which this volume was compiled, were created by the County Court.
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Additional Lunenburg County Marriage Records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm" found on the Library of Virginia's web site.
Lunenburg County (Va.) Ministers' Returns
This item came to the Library of Virginia under the accession number 43095
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Lunenburg County Circuit Court
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v. (21 p.)

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