Canada Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
 
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The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.  
 
The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.  
  
This collection includes the years 1661 through 1959. 
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This collection includes the years 1661 through 1959.&nbsp;
  
 
For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, some of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index: Canada." This is an index of some births or baptisms throughout Canada. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.  
 
For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, some of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index: Canada." This is an index of some births or baptisms throughout Canada. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.  
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Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Canada.  
 
Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Canada.  
  
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=== Citation For This Collection  ===
 
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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.  
 
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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This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
  
 
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]].  
 
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]].  
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If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=film_number Family History Library Catalog].  
 
If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=film_number Family History Library Catalog].  
  
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==

Revision as of 20:40, 30 May 2012

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.


Contents

Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI), along with some entries derived from compiled and original records, such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

This collection includes the years 1661 through 1959. 

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, some of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index: Canada." This is an index of some births or baptisms throughout Canada. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing of this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Canada.


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.

Genealogical Society of Utah. Canada Births and Baptisms. Index based on data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

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.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth or baptism index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated above; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by country.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births, 1661-1959 Marriages, 1661-1949 Deaths and Burials, 1664-1955
Alberta 0 420 0
British Columbia 4,141 32 0
Canada 2,157,542 184,204 55,148
Manitoba 1,775 864 0
New Brunswick * 2,702 0
Newfoundland and Labrador 220 409 0
Northwest Territories 1 0 0
Nova Scotia * * 15,683
Ontario * * 6,658
Prince Edward Island 358 94 0
Quebec * 14,243 23,700
Saskatchewan 347 148 0
Total 2,160,243 262,985 101,189


* Collection published separately.

How to Use the Record

The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.


Related Websites

Canada Births, Marriages, Deaths

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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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.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Canada, Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F244-H2G&nbsp;: accessed 8 May 2012), Thomas L. Martin, 1870; citing Vital Records, FHL microfilm 1,298,667; Nova Scotia, board of Statistics of Marriages, Births and Deaths.