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== Background  ==
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''[[Canada|Canada]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[British Columbia|British Columbia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[British_Columbia_Vital_Records|Vital Records]]''
  
British Columbia became a province in 1871. Provincewide registration of birth, marriage, and death records began in 1872. A few records were made for events which took place before 1872 but were registered later. Many births, marriages, and deaths were not registered in the early years. Vital records began to be kept more systematically in 1920.
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=== Background  ===
  
'''Availability''' Vital records of births more than 100 years old, marriages more than 75 years old, and deaths more than 20 years old are available on microfilm. Vital records that are more recent must be requested on forms available from the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.  
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British Columbia became a province of Canada in 1871. Provincewide registration of birth, marriage, and death records began in 1872. A few records were made for events which took place before 1872 but were registered later. Many births, marriages, and deaths were not registered in the early years, and not all British Columbians were included in registration. Vital records began to be kept more systematically in 1920.  
  
Some births, marriages, and deaths not recorded in vital records may be in church recordsBritish Columbia vital records are restricted for many years before they can be made public:
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'''Availability''' Vital records of births more than 120 years old (and up to 1903), marriages more than 75 years old, and deaths more than 20 years old are available online and on microfilm. Vital records that are more recent must be requested on forms available from the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.
  
*Birth records, 100 years.  
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Some births, marriages, and deaths not recorded in vital records may be in church records. British Columbia vital records are restricted for many years before they can be made public:
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*Birth records, 120 years. (But years up to 1903 are available as they were before the legislation was changed.)<br>
 
*Marriage records, 75 years.  
 
*Marriage records, 75 years.  
 
*Death records, 20 years.<br><br>
 
*Death records, 20 years.<br><br>
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For additional information about vital records in Canada, including research strategies, see [[Canada Vital Records|Canada Vital Records]].  
 
For additional information about vital records in Canada, including research strategies, see [[Canada Vital Records|Canada Vital Records]].  
  
British Columbia information can be found at:  
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=== Finding the Records  ===
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:[http://www.bcarchives.bc.ca/BC_About_Archives/news.aspx?id=8705 '''British Columbia Archives - Royal British Columbia Museum''']
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:Birth (1854-1903), Marriage (1872-1936), Death (1872-1992) Online index with some registration page images - free. This online index includes World War Two Overseas Casualties for the years 1940 to 1945 (3,423 names).<br>
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:[http://www.familysearch.org '''FamilySearch.org'''] Online indexes with some registration page images - free.<br>
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<br> '''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/ British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency]'''
  
:'''Vital Statistics Agency'''
 
 
:818 Fort Street  
 
:818 Fort Street  
 
:Victoria, BC V8W 1H8  
 
:Victoria, BC V8W 1H8  
 
:CANADA  
 
:CANADA  
:Telephone: 250–952–2681; Fax: 250–952–2587<br><br>
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:Phone: 250–952–2681  
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:Fax: 250–952–2587<br><br>
  
 
:Mailing Address:  
 
:Mailing Address:  
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:STN. PROV. GOVT.  
 
:STN. PROV. GOVT.  
 
:Victoria, BC V8W 9P3  
 
:Victoria, BC V8W 9P3  
:CANADA  
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:CANADA <br><br>
:Internet: [http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/ www.vs.gov.bc.ca]<br><br>
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:'''Vancouver Public Library'''  
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:[http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/ '''Vancouver Public Library''']
 
:350 W. Georgia St.  
 
:350 W. Georgia St.  
 
:Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1  
 
:Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1  
 
:CANADA  
 
:CANADA  
:Telephone: 604–331–3740 (newspapers, magazines)  
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:Phone: 604–331–3740 (newspapers, magazines)  
:Telephone: 604–331–3710 (history, government, genealogy)  
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:Phone: 604–331–3710 (history, government, genealogy)  
:Fax: 604–331–3744  
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:Fax: 604–331–3744 <br><br>
:Internet: http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/<br><br>
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*http://www.vpl.ca/branches/LibrarySquare/his/StudyGuides/finding_bc_civil.html
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:[http://www.surreylibraries.ca/location-hours/4684.aspx '''Cloverdale Library''']
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:5642 - 176A Street
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:Surrey, BC V3S 4G9
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:CANADA
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:Phone: 604-598-7320
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:Copies of vital records are 50 cents per copy in person or $5 if ordered by mail or e-mail. <br><br>
  
*An index is available on the Internet: http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca:9000/sn-4BA3024/gbsearch
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search '''Family History Library'''][http://www.bcgs.ca]
  
=== Family History Library ===
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Many births, marriages, and deaths are listed in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/629258 ''Master Index Card File'', British Columbia Genealogical Society. (BCGS) ]The BCGS card index of over 100,000 names giving mainly births, marriages and deaths compiled from cemetery transcriptions, church records, published histories and misc. sources for ca. 1850-ca. 1986 is available at the Society's Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC, Canada.&nbsp; <br>
  
Many births, marriages, and deaths are listed in the ''Master Index Card File'', British Columbia Family History Library {{FHL|629258|title-id|disp=films 1464497–501}}.) Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1986–7. The original records were filmed at the British Columbia Genealogical Society, Richmond, BC.  
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Originals of the BCGS Master Index Card File, then over 51,000 records, were filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1986–7 at the British Columbia Genealogical Society, Richmond, BC.  
  
=== Related Articles  ===
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British Columbia films of death registers are no longer available at the Family History Library. See the free online index and images listed above in [[British Columbia Vital Records#Finding_the_Records|Finding the Records - British Columbia Archives-Royal British Columbia Museum]] and in the FamilySearch collections listed below.<br>
  
[[British Columbia Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)|British Columbia Births]]
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'''Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:'''
  
[[British Columbia Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|British Columbia Deaths]]  
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*[[British Columbia Birth Registrations (FamilySearch Historical Records)|British Columbia Birth Registrations (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
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*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/British_Columbia,_Birth,_Marriage,_and_Death_Information_from_the_Victoria_Times_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) British Columbia, Birth, Marriage, and Death Information from the Victoria Times (FamilySearch&nbsp;Historical Records)]
[[British Columbia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|British Columbia Marriages]]
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*[[British Columbia Death Registrations (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[British Columbia Marriage Registrations (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
  
 
=== Online Indexes  ===
 
=== Online Indexes  ===
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The following links provide further information:  
 
The following links provide further information:  
  
*[http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails&c=fs%3A1307731 FamilySearch Record Search Births 1854-1903]  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F733604 FamilySearch Births 1854-1903]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/#form=historical_records FamilySearch Record Search Births 1854-1903]  
 
*[[Online Index of Births, 1872-1903, for British Columbia, Canada|Online Index of Births, 1872-1903]]  
 
*[[Online Index of Births, 1872-1903, for British Columbia, Canada|Online Index of Births, 1872-1903]]  
 
*[[Online Index to Baptisms, 1836-1885, for British Columbia, Canada|Online Index to Baptisms, 1836-1885]]  
 
*[[Online Index to Baptisms, 1836-1885, for British Columbia, Canada|Online Index to Baptisms, 1836-1885]]  
*[http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails&c=fs%3A1307718 FamilySearch Record Search Marriages 1859-1932]  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F662575 FamilySearch Record Search Marriages 1859-1932]
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*[[British Columbia Marriage Registrations (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Online Index of Colonial Marriages, 1859-1872, for British Columbia, Canada|Online Index of Colonial Marriages, 1859-1872]]  
 
*[[Online Index of Colonial Marriages, 1859-1872, for British Columbia, Canada|Online Index of Colonial Marriages, 1859-1872]]  
 
*[[Online Index of Marriages, 1872-1930, for British Columbia, Canada|Online Index of Marriages, 1872-1930]]  
 
*[[Online Index of Marriages, 1872-1930, for British Columbia, Canada|Online Index of Marriages, 1872-1930]]  
 
*[[Online Index of Deaths, 1872-1985, for British Columbia, Canada|Online Index of Deaths, 1872-1985]]  
 
*[[Online Index of Deaths, 1872-1985, for British Columbia, Canada|Online Index of Deaths, 1872-1985]]  
*[http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails&c=fs%3A1538285 FamilySearch Record Search Deaths 1872-1986]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/#form=historical_records FamilySearch Record Search Deaths 1872-1986]
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[[Category:British_Columbia]]
 
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Latest revision as of 16:51, 27 October 2013

Canada Gotoarrow.png British Columbia Gotoarrow.png Vital Records

Background

British Columbia became a province of Canada in 1871. Provincewide registration of birth, marriage, and death records began in 1872. A few records were made for events which took place before 1872 but were registered later. Many births, marriages, and deaths were not registered in the early years, and not all British Columbians were included in registration. Vital records began to be kept more systematically in 1920.

Availability Vital records of births more than 120 years old (and up to 1903), marriages more than 75 years old, and deaths more than 20 years old are available online and on microfilm. Vital records that are more recent must be requested on forms available from the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.

Some births, marriages, and deaths not recorded in vital records may be in church records. British Columbia vital records are restricted for many years before they can be made public:

  • Birth records, 120 years. (But years up to 1903 are available as they were before the legislation was changed.)
  • Marriage records, 75 years.
  • Death records, 20 years.

For additional information about vital records in Canada, including research strategies, see Canada Vital Records.

Finding the Records

British Columbia Archives - Royal British Columbia Museum
Birth (1854-1903), Marriage (1872-1936), Death (1872-1992) Online index with some registration page images - free. This online index includes World War Two Overseas Casualties for the years 1940 to 1945 (3,423 names).


FamilySearch.org Online indexes with some registration page images - free.


     British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency

818 Fort Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1H8
CANADA
Phone: 250–952–2681
Fax: 250–952–2587

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9657
STN. PROV. GOVT.
Victoria, BC V8W 9P3
CANADA

Vancouver Public Library
350 W. Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
CANADA
Phone: 604–331–3740 (newspapers, magazines)
Phone: 604–331–3710 (history, government, genealogy)
Fax: 604–331–3744

Cloverdale Library
5642 - 176A Street
Surrey, BC V3S 4G9
CANADA
Phone: 604-598-7320
Copies of vital records are 50 cents per copy in person or $5 if ordered by mail or e-mail.

     Family History Library[1]

Many births, marriages, and deaths are listed in the Master Index Card File, British Columbia Genealogical Society. (BCGS) The BCGS card index of over 100,000 names giving mainly births, marriages and deaths compiled from cemetery transcriptions, church records, published histories and misc. sources for ca. 1850-ca. 1986 is available at the Society's Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC, Canada. 

Originals of the BCGS Master Index Card File, then over 51,000 records, were filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1986–7 at the British Columbia Genealogical Society, Richmond, BC.

British Columbia films of death registers are no longer available at the Family History Library. See the free online index and images listed above in Finding the Records - British Columbia Archives-Royal British Columbia Museum and in the FamilySearch collections listed below.

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:

Online Indexes

The following links provide further information:



 

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