British Columbia Death Registrations (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues

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Known Issues

Question #1: The death index includes the film number where the death certificate is found but the film is not listed in the catalog. How can I get a copy of the death certificate?
Answer #1: These films are restricted by request of the British Columbia Archives and are not available for viewing at FamilySearch Centers.
A copy of the death certificate can be obtained by contacting the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.

It is recommended that you access the following website British Columbia Archives' Vital Events Indexes for more information about using British Columbia online indexes to access the records.

Question #2: Why have some of the death records been removed?
Answer #2: The collections currently available online at FamilySearch are very limited. When FamilySearch received permission from the records custodian to link images of the death registers with the indexed information, certain new restrictions were applied. This necessitated removing some of the previously published names from this collection. Please refer to Answer #1 above for more information about access to these records. The description of the collection is somewhat misleading as many of the previous records are no longer visible.

Question #3: When I do a search in this collection I notice that the majority of the search results do not have an attached image. Are these images available?
Answer #3: The record custodian has requested that all images for children who were born within the last 100 years and who died within one year of their birth be restricted. Unfortunately, if there are any images that fall in that category on a digital film, then the whole film is restricted. Please see Answer #1 above for more information about access to these records.

If you encounter additional problems with this collection, feel free to report them at Please include the following information:

  • If searching a specific collection: please include the name of the collection; include all search criteria used, including name, event, dates and places.
  • If browsing this collection: please include the full path you followed to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the Image viewer window.
    For example:British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 > 2231494(004479291) > Image 56 or 532.
  • If you are reporting a technical issue: please include your operating system and browser version, such as Windows XP and Internet Explorer.

Your assistance will help ensure that future revisions will be considered.

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