British Columbia Death Registrations (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period<br> ==
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== Record Description ==
  
The registration of deaths began in 1872. This collection contains death registrations, 1872-1986; Indian death registrations, 1917-1956 (with delayed Indian death registrations, 1916-1950); and overseas casualties, 1940-1945.  
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This Collection will include records from 1872 to 1986.<br>  
 
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== Record Description<br> ==
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The death registrations are recorded on individual, printed forms. They consist of completed statements regarding deaths in British Columbia submitted to district registrars and registered by the registrar or director of Vital Statistics. Each death registration should include a supporting record called “Medical Certificate of Death,” which states the cause of death as determined by a physician or coroner, but this statement was not regularly included until 1896 and not with every registration until 1912.  
 
The death registrations are recorded on individual, printed forms. They consist of completed statements regarding deaths in British Columbia submitted to district registrars and registered by the registrar or director of Vital Statistics. Each death registration should include a supporting record called “Medical Certificate of Death,” which states the cause of death as determined by a physician or coroner, but this statement was not regularly included until 1896 and not with every registration until 1912.  
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Depending on the time period, the medical certificate may be a separate form or printed on the same form as the death registration. Note that these registration or medical certificate forms are not death certificates but registrations of deaths. Death certificates contain information from the original registration records and are only available through the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.  
 
Depending on the time period, the medical certificate may be a separate form or printed on the same form as the death registration. Note that these registration or medical certificate forms are not death certificates but registrations of deaths. Death certificates contain information from the original registration records and are only available through the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.  
  
A stillbirth may have been registered as either a birth, death, or both. The Indian death registrations, begun in 1917, had special forms created in 1943 but which were&nbsp;discontinued in 1956.  
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A stillbirth may have been registered as either a birth, death, or both. The&nbsp;First Nations&nbsp;death registrations, begun in 1917, had special forms created in 1943 but which were&nbsp;discontinued in 1956.  
  
=== Record Content<br>  ===
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British Columbia became a province of Canada in July 1871, and registration of vital events began in 1872. The only persons excluded from the Births, Deaths, and Marriages Act of 1872 were Chinese and Aboriginals. This was changed by an amendment in 1897, stating the registration would apply to all races. However, the Act was amended in 1899 to once again exclude&nbsp;First Nations&nbsp;from provincial registration until another amendment was passed in 1916, which authorized registration of First Nations to begin again in 1917 with information submitted monthly.
  
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From 1917 to 1956, the&nbsp;First Nations&nbsp;death registrations were recorded in separate volumes. After 1956, the registrations were recorded with the main series. Beginning in 1872, official government registration applied to the whole province of British Columbia except for the Chinese (until 1897) and&nbsp;First Nathions&nbsp;(until 1917).  
Image:British Columbia Death Records.jpg|Sample of a Death Record
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Key genealogical facts that may be found in the death registrations are:  
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Early records are very incomplete, chiefly due to the fact that a majority of the population lived great distances from the registry offices and communication was difficult. The “Overseas Casualties, 1940-1945” series contains 3,423 deaths of British Columbians who died overseas during World War II.
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The registration of deaths began in 1872. This collection contains death registrations, 1872-1986; First Nations death registrations, 1917-1956 (with delayed First Nations death registrations, 1916-1950); and overseas casualties, 1940-1945.
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Registration of deaths began in 1872 in order to keep a written record of the population for use by the government.
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Provincial vital registrations are considered a reliable source in family history research because they contain a record of an event usually registered very near the time the event occurred. The reliability, of course, depends on the accuracy of the informant.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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| text = British Columbia Division of Vital Statistics. British Columbia Death Registrations. British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria, British Columbia.}}
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== Record Content  ==
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[[Image:British Columbia Death Records.jpg|thumb|right|240x380px|British Columbia Death Records.jpg]]
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These records may contain the following facts:  
  
*Name, age, sex, and residence of the deceased  
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*Name, age, and gender of deceased  
*Date of death  
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*Date and place of death  
*Profession (if known)
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*Date and place of birth  
*Date of birth  
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*Cause of death  
 
*Cause of death  
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*Marital status
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*Parents' names
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*Name of spouse
 
*Name of physician  
 
*Name of physician  
*Name and residence of informant
 
*Religious affiliation
 
 
*Registration district name or number  
 
*Registration district name or number  
 
*Date and number of registration  
 
*Date and number of registration  
*Marital status and parents’ names and birthplaces are included in later registrations.
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*Religious affiliation
  
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
Death registrations are the best source of death information in British Columbia beginning in 1872.
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To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
  
FamilySearch indexers did not identify death certificate numbers. In order to track down the death certificates in the Family History Library microfilm collection, which are referenced in this online database, compare Ancestry.com's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6093 British Columbia Death Index: 1872 to 1979] ($). When Ancestry.com independently indexed these records, they indexed certificate numbers (which FamilySearch omitted). Thus, it is necessary to refer to Ancestry.com's subscription index, in addition to FamilySearch's index, in order to find death certificates in the Family History Library's microfilms.
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*Name of ancestor
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*Year of birth
  
== Record History<br>  ==
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==== Search the Collection ====
  
British Columbia became a province of Canada in July 1871, and registration of vital events began in 1872. The only persons excluded from the Births, Deaths, and Marriages Act of 1872 were Chinese and Indians. This was changed by an amendment in 1897, stating the registration would apply to all races. However, the Act was amended in 1899 to once again exclude Indians from provincial registration until another amendment was passed in 1916, which authorized registration of Indians to begin again in 1917 with information submitted monthly.  
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
  
From 1917 to 1956, the Indian death registrations were recorded in separate volumes. After 1956, the registrations were recorded with the main series. Beginning in 1872, official government registration applied to the whole province of British Columbia except for the Chinese (until 1897) and Indians (until 1917).
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==== Using the Information ====
  
Early records are very incomplete, chiefly due to the fact that a majority of the population lived great distances from the registry offices and communication was difficult. The “Overseas Casualties, 1940-1945” series contains 3,423 deaths of British Columbians who died overseas during World War II.
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When you have found the information that you are looking for, the following will aid you in your research:
  
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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*Use the names of the parents to search for a marriage
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*If your ancestor was married, search for a marriage record in the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1307718 British Columbia, Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932] collection, with the name of the spouse in the death record.
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*Use the date and place of birth to search for a birth record in the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1307731 British Columbia, Birth Registrations, 1854-1903] collection.
  
Registration of deaths began in 1872 in order to keep a written record of the population for use by the government.
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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*You need to check all sets of marriage and other records for the time your ancestor lived in the area.
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*Your ancestor might have lived in a different place at the time.
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*The clergyman may have recorded the birth, marriage, or death in a different district. In early years, clergymen traveled over a wide territory, often more than one district or county. Look for your ancestor's records in registers for nearby districts or counties.
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*Your ancestor may have used a nickname, or used a different surname, or the registrar spelled the name wrong.
  
Provincial vital registrations are considered a reliable source in family history research because they contain a record of an event usually registered very near the time the event occurred. The reliability, of course, depends on the accuracy of the informant.  
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For more information on where to look next, check the [[Canada Vital Records#Tip_2._Search_Death-related_records_first|Canada Vital Records]] article.
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==== General Information About These Records ====
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FamilySearch indexers did not identify death certificate numbers. In order to track down the death certificates in the Family History Library microfilm collection, which are referenced in this online database, compare Ancestry.com's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6093 British Columbia Death Index: 1872 to 1979] ($).
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When Ancestry.com independently indexed these records, they indexed certificate numbers (which FamilySearch omitted). Thus, it is necessary to refer to Ancestry.com's subscription index, in addition to FamilySearch's index, in order to find death certificates in the Family History Library's microfilms.
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Death registrations are the best source of death information in British Columbia beginning in 1872.
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Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[British Columbia Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/death/index.html British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986]  
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*[http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/death/index.html British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/British_Columbia British Columbia]  
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*[[British Columbia]]  
 
*[[British Columbia Vital Records|British Columbia Vital Records]]  
 
*[[British Columbia Vital Records|British Columbia Vital Records]]  
 
*[[Canada|Canada]]
 
*[[Canada|Canada]]
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== Citation for This Collection  ==
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
 
 
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| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Death registrations, 1872-1989. &nbsp;&nbsp;Death Registrations. Division of Vital Statistics. [Victoria, British Columbia]. FHL microfilm, 430 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend--> }}
 
 
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
 
  
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
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==== Citation Example for Records Found in This Collection  ====
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"British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986" &nbsp; database, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 22 February 2012) &nbsp;Margaret Taylor, &nbsp;22 November 1915; citing Death Records, FHL microfilm 1,358,011; Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
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Revision as of 20:38, 31 January 2013

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Contents

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1872 to 1986.

The death registrations are recorded on individual, printed forms. They consist of completed statements regarding deaths in British Columbia submitted to district registrars and registered by the registrar or director of Vital Statistics. Each death registration should include a supporting record called “Medical Certificate of Death,” which states the cause of death as determined by a physician or coroner, but this statement was not regularly included until 1896 and not with every registration until 1912.

Depending on the time period, the medical certificate may be a separate form or printed on the same form as the death registration. Note that these registration or medical certificate forms are not death certificates but registrations of deaths. Death certificates contain information from the original registration records and are only available through the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.

A stillbirth may have been registered as either a birth, death, or both. The First Nations death registrations, begun in 1917, had special forms created in 1943 but which were discontinued in 1956.

British Columbia became a province of Canada in July 1871, and registration of vital events began in 1872. The only persons excluded from the Births, Deaths, and Marriages Act of 1872 were Chinese and Aboriginals. This was changed by an amendment in 1897, stating the registration would apply to all races. However, the Act was amended in 1899 to once again exclude First Nations from provincial registration until another amendment was passed in 1916, which authorized registration of First Nations to begin again in 1917 with information submitted monthly.

From 1917 to 1956, the First Nations death registrations were recorded in separate volumes. After 1956, the registrations were recorded with the main series. Beginning in 1872, official government registration applied to the whole province of British Columbia except for the Chinese (until 1897) and First Nathions (until 1917).

Early records are very incomplete, chiefly due to the fact that a majority of the population lived great distances from the registry offices and communication was difficult. The “Overseas Casualties, 1940-1945” series contains 3,423 deaths of British Columbians who died overseas during World War II.

The registration of deaths began in 1872. This collection contains death registrations, 1872-1986; First Nations death registrations, 1917-1956 (with delayed First Nations death registrations, 1916-1950); and overseas casualties, 1940-1945.

Registration of deaths began in 1872 in order to keep a written record of the population for use by the government.

Provincial vital registrations are considered a reliable source in family history research because they contain a record of an event usually registered very near the time the event occurred. The reliability, of course, depends on the accuracy of the informant.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

British Columbia Division of Vital Statistics. British Columbia Death Registrations. British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria, British Columbia.

Record Content

British Columbia Death Records.jpg

These records may contain the following facts:

  • Name, age, and gender of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Cause of death
  • Marital status
  • Parents' names
  • Name of spouse
  • Name of physician
  • Registration district name or number
  • Date and number of registration
  • Religious affiliation

How to Use the Records

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Year of birth

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Using the Information

When you have found the information that you are looking for, the following will aid you in your research:

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • You need to check all sets of marriage and other records for the time your ancestor lived in the area.
  • Your ancestor might have lived in a different place at the time.
  • The clergyman may have recorded the birth, marriage, or death in a different district. In early years, clergymen traveled over a wide territory, often more than one district or county. Look for your ancestor's records in registers for nearby districts or counties.
  • Your ancestor may have used a nickname, or used a different surname, or the registrar spelled the name wrong.

For more information on where to look next, check the Canada Vital Records article.

General Information About These Records

FamilySearch indexers did not identify death certificate numbers. In order to track down the death certificates in the Family History Library microfilm collection, which are referenced in this online database, compare Ancestry.com's British Columbia Death Index: 1872 to 1979 ($).

When Ancestry.com independently indexed these records, they indexed certificate numbers (which FamilySearch omitted). Thus, it is necessary to refer to Ancestry.com's subscription index, in addition to FamilySearch's index, in order to find death certificates in the Family History Library's microfilms.

Death registrations are the best source of death information in British Columbia beginning in 1872.

Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.