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Civil Registration - Canada, British Columbia

Registration of births, deaths and marriages commenced 1872

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Type of DataBirthMarriageDeathIndex
Name of Individualyes checkmarkyes checkmark
with current place of residences and places of birth of bride and groom
yes checkmark
with current residence and date and place of birth
Historical registrations are indexed and viewable online as follows: Indexed only at the BC Archives are Births 1872 to 1903; Marriages 1872 to 1932; Deaths 1872 to 1987; and Colonial Marriage Index: 1859 to 1872.

Indexed with certificates viewable on familysearch.org are the following:
Births, 1854-1903;
Deaths, 1872-1986;
Marriages, 1859-1932.

Privacy laws govern who can apply for current BMD certificates. Visit their website noted in the 'How to Obtain' column of this chart for full particulars. Note the following exceptions: Births, marriages and deaths can be released to anyone with proof of death of individual(s) named on certificate of 20 years.
Marital Statusno crosscheckyes checkmarkyes checkmark
on later certificates only, with name of spouse, if applicable
Ageno crosscheckyes checkmarkyes checkmark
Occupationno crosscheckyes checkmarkyes checkmark
Date of Eventyes checkmarkyes checkmarkyes checkmark
with cause of death; date and place of burial added on later certificates
Place of Eventyes checkmarkyes checkmarkyes checkmark
added to later certificates
Name of Fatheryes checkmarkyes checkmarkyes checkmark
added on later certificates
Father's Occupationyes checkmarkyes checkmarkno crosscheck
If Father Livingno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Place of birth of Fatheryes checkmark
with then current age
no crosscheckyes checkmark
added on later certificates
Name of Motheryes checkmarkyes checkmarkyes checkmark
added on later certificates
Maiden Surname of Motheryes checkmarkyes checkmarkyes checkmark
added on later certificates
Mother's Occupationno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
If Mother Livingno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Place of birth of Motheryes checkmark
with then current age
no crosscheckyes checkmark
added on later certificates
Witnessesyes checkmark
Witness is essentially name of person who assisted in the birth
yes checkmarkno crosscheck
Relationship of Witnesses to Individualno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Addresses of Witnessesno crosscheckyes checkmark
NOTE: may not be included on later certificates
no crosscheck
Name of Informant of Eventyes checkmarkno crosscheckyes checkmark
Relationship of Informant to Individualyes checkmarkno crosscheckyes checkmark
Address of Informantyes checkmarkno crosscheckyes checkmark
Changes to Information on certificatesPhysicians' Notes of Birth commencing 1944 can supply time of birth and weight of childEarly certificates included religion of both parties and whether marriage was by banns or licence.Early certificates included religion while later certificates included if native or not.

How to Obtain

In person:
818 Fort St.,
Victoria, B.C.
Canada
V8W 1H8;

OR 101-1475 Ellis St.,
Kelowna, B.C.
Canada
V1Y 2A3;

OR Room 250, 605 Robson St.,
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada
V6B 5J3

By Telephone:
For registrations in privacy period:
Victoria: (250) 952-2681
Toll-Free within B.C.: 1-888-876-1633

Online:
Vital Statistics Agency - Online Services

By mail:
For registrations in privacy period:
Vital Statistics Agency
PO Box 9657, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, B.C.
Canada
V8W 9P3

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