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Official registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1872. The early records are incomplete.  
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==Background==
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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.
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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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'''Availability'''
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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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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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*Birth records, 100 years.
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*Marriage records, 75 years.
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*Death records, 20 years.  
  
 
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]].  
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British Columbia information can be found at:  
 
British Columbia information can be found at:  
  
:'''Vital Statistics Agency'''
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:'''Vital Statistics Agency'''  
:818 Fort Street
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:818 Fort Street  
:Victoria, BC V8W 1H8
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:Victoria, BC V8W 1H8  
:CANADA
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:CANADA  
:Telephone: 250–952–2681; Fax: 250–952–2587  
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:Telephone: 250–952–2681; Fax: 250–952–2587
  
:Mailing Address:
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:Mailing Address:  
:P.O. Box 9657
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:P.O. Box 9657  
:STN. PROV. GOVT.
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:STN. PROV. GOVT.  
:Victoria, BC V8W 9P3
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:Victoria, BC V8W 9P3  
:CANADA
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:CANADA  
:Internet: [http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/ www.vs.gov.bc.ca]  
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:Internet: [http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/ www.vs.gov.bc.ca]
  
:'''Vancouver Public Library'''
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:'''Vancouver Public Library'''  
:350 W. Georgia St.
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:350 W. Georgia St.  
:Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
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:Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1  
:CANADA
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:CANADA  
:Telephone: 604–331–3740 (newspapers, magazines)
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:Telephone: 604–331–3740 (newspapers, magazines)  
:Telephone: 604–331–3710 (history, government, genealogy)
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:Telephone: 604–331–3710 (history, government, genealogy)  
:Fax: 604–331–3744
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:Fax: 604–331–3744  
:Internet: http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/  
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:Internet: http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/
  
 
*http://www.vpl.ca/branches/LibrarySquare/his/StudyGuides/finding_bc_civil.html
 
*http://www.vpl.ca/branches/LibrarySquare/his/StudyGuides/finding_bc_civil.html
  
*An index is available on the Internet: http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca:9000/sn-4BA3024/gbsearch  
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*An index is available on the Internet: http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca:9000/sn-4BA3024/gbsearch
  
 
=== Family History Library  ===
 
=== Family History Library  ===

Revision as of 21:42, 20 August 2010

Background

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.

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.

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:

  • Birth records, 100 years.
  • Marriage records, 75 years.
  • Death records, 20 years.

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

British Columbia information can be found at:

Vital Statistics Agency
818 Fort Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1H8
CANADA
Telephone: 250–952–2681; Fax: 250–952–2587
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9657
STN. PROV. GOVT.
Victoria, BC V8W 9P3
CANADA
Internet: www.vs.gov.bc.ca
Vancouver Public Library
350 W. Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
CANADA
Telephone: 604–331–3740 (newspapers, magazines)
Telephone: 604–331–3710 (history, government, genealogy)
Fax: 604–331–3744
Internet: http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/

Family History Library

Many births, marriages, and deaths are listed in the Master Index Card File, British Columbia Family History Library 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.

Online Indexes

The following links provide further information: