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Canadian Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Article updated: 15 April 2008
By: Fawne Stratford-Devai   Biography & Archived Articles


The government registration of births, marriages and deaths in British Columbia began in 1872. As with most provincial registration beginnings, records for the early years are notoriously incomplete. (There are also some baptismal records as early as 1849).

Indexes to historic records of early birth, marriage and death registrations can be searched online at the British Columbia Archives website:

As of August 2001, the following years are available:

BIRTHS : 1872-1900 (events over 100 years old)
MARRIAGES : 1872-1925 (events over 75 years old)
DEATHS: 1872-1980 (events over 20 years old)

Note: The 2001 release of death registrations includes four additional reels containing World War Two overseas casualties covering the years 1940 to 1945. The 3423 names also appear in the updated online deaths index.

The British Columbia Vital Event indexes contain only the basic index information to historical birth, marriage, and death registrations, but not the actual registrations. The indexes are available online for research purposes only. Microfilm copies of original registration documents for those years covered by the indexes at the BC Archives are available for on-site consultation in the reading room(s) of the British Columbia Archives, and at several other locations, including public libraries and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) through the Church's local Family History Centers. Individuals may view the microfilm at the BC Archives or order rolls through local LDS Family History Centers. The microfiche indexes are also available at additional locations in British Columbia and other jurisdictions.

Some Vital Event registration records are now available in digital image format for on-line purchase, and delivery via E-mail. See the British Columbia Vital Event Image Gateway Frequently Asked Questions for more details at:

The provincial archives can be contacted as follows:

British Columbia Archives
655 Belleville Street, VICTORIA, British Columbia
or by mail: P.O. Box 9419 Station Provincial Government
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9V1
Telephone: (250) 387-1952
Fax: (250) 387-2072

The Archives' collections include a variety of other sources for vital records such as:

  • Pre-confederation marriage records (1859-1872). Pre-confederation marriage records consist of records of marriages occurring in the colony of British Columbia, and the colony of Vancouver Island (the two colonies were united in 1866), prior to the entry of British Columbia into the Confederation of Canada. The records are bound into eight volumes in two accessions. The volumes contain certified copies of marriage certificates, or returns of marriages, submitted by clergy of various denominations.

  • Coroner's Records: The British Columbia Archives has legal custody of coroner's inquests from 1859 to 1967 and coroner's inquiries from 1859 to 1970. Inquests are investigations in which a coroner's jury was called, and the files tend to be larger, often containing witness statements, transcripts and autopsy reports. Inquiries took place when a coroner worked alone, and the record is often a single form containing basic information.

  • Wills 1861-1981: Wills probated in British Columbia between 1861 and 1981 are available at the British Columbia Archives. To learn more about using the records, read the online Wills Research Guide at:

  • Probate Case Files: Probate case files and other probate records for persons who died with or without a will are available at the British Columbia Archives. Probate files were usually created and maintained by the court registry nearest the residence of the deceased person or the executor of the will. For specific dates of probate records held by the BC Archives and information on how to use the records, take a moment and check out the online Probate Case Files Research Guide at:

  • Newspapers: The BC Archives has a large collection of newspapers on microfilm, though major twentieth-century Vancouver papers are not available. The records can be accessed at university and public libraries. A listing of holdings of British Columbia newspapers on microfilm is available on-line that lists newspapers alphabetically by community, and provides a reference number to the self-serve microfilm collection. Indexes to the content of newspapers held by the BC Archives are not available electronically.

    For detailed information about modern records and registrations contact:

    British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency
    818 Fort Street, Victoria, B. C. V8W 1H8
    Telephone: (604) 952-2681 Fax: (250) 952-2527
    In Canada toll free at 1-800-663-8328
    Additional contact information and locations for the Vital Statistics Agency is available from their website at:

    For more information on these and other family history topics in British Columbia visit the websites noted below.

    City of Victoria Archives: is responsible for acquiring, preserving and making accessible archival material in the form of civic and private records documenting the history of Victoria. The following searchable links are available 1. Obituaries From the Victoria Daily Times Newspaper, 1901-1939; 2. Marriage Notices From the Victoria Daily Times Newspaper, 1835-1953 (predominantly 1901-1939) and 3. Ross Bay Cemetery Burial Records, 1872-1980.

    Guide to Archival Repositories in British Columbia: Entries for 173 archives in the province and includes the name and location of each repository, contact information, and a brief description of the extent, nature and scope of holdings at each institution.

    British Columbia Genweb project:

    British Columbia Museums Association British Columbia Museums Association provides a unified voice for the institutions, trustees, professional staff and volunteers of the BC museum and gallery community. The website includes an index to all of the museums, art galleries, historic sites, cultural and science centres in BC known to the BCMA.

    Doukhobor Collection, University of British Columbia The collection includes printed and manuscript material relating to Doukhobor life in Canada and the former Soviet Union.

    Esquimalt Municipal Archives The Esquimalt Municipal Archives collects, preserves and makes available to the public archival material pertaining to Esquimalt from the earliest times to the present and within the current and historical boundaries of Esquimalt.

    Surrey Public Library The library site includes and online guide to its extensive collection of Canadian genealogical materials.

    British Columbia Cemetery Finding Aid The British Columbia Cemetery Finding Aid is a pointer database consisting of the surnames, cemetery name and location of more than 344,000 entries collected from records and headstone inscriptions associated with 264 cemeteries situated in the province of British Columbia, Canada and two from the state of Washington, USA.

    Old Cemeteries Society This is a non-profit society to encourage the research, preservation and appreciation of 20 heritage cemeteries in Victoria, BC. Web site contains information on symbols used on stones, a database for Ross Bay Cemetery, and tips for recording cemeteries.

    British Columbia Genealogical Society:

    More British Columbia Resources - from Global Genealogy

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    By Glen C. Phillips
    Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2002, 2010
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    By Noeline Kyle
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    At some time as you tread the seductive, wonderful pathway of completing more and more research, you might just want to lift your head from this pile of collected data and think about how, where and in what way your will write and publish the family history. Noeline outlines strategies to get you to the desk and writing. The book will show you how to identify and choose a format for writing family stories, to understand and apply strategies to plan and create your characters, to construct chapters and apply the basics of writing/rewriting, editing, planning and publishing to produce and professional, valuable and very readable family history. ISBN 9781921956300     More Information
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    BOOK - Citing Historical Sources: A Manual for Family Historians
    By Noeline Kyle
    Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2013
    Noeline Kyle aims to answer the question "how do I reference the diverse range of source material encountered by the family historian?" The question has become even more complex in recent years with the increasing use of the internet and the plethora of new online sources now added to the mix. The construction of the text for a family history does require that you acknowledge your sources, adhere to copyright legislation and take note of ethical issues in your publication. This book uses a straighforward and practical format to take you through the rules and conventions of referencing and acknowledgement of the resources used in your research to provide an easy and sensible entry into this important historical task. ISBN 9781921956133     More Information
    Softcover...15.00 (C$)

    BOOK - Social Media for Family Historians - Second Edition
    By Noeline Kyle
    Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2012
    Printed and bound in Canada by Inc., Milton, 2015

    You will learn what social media is; why you would want to use it; what the risks are, and how to avoid them. Easy-to-follow guides on how to get started with Facebook and blogging - two of the most useful forms of social media - can help you take the plunge. The internet allows us to interact in ways we have never had before. We can find friends and relatives; stay in touch with them; share news, family trees, stories, photos, and videos; find useful information for our research; and be an active part of as many communities as we care to join. The websites that enable all of this are called 'social media'. This book introduces readers to websites that can help family historians to communicate, share and collaborate with other family historians and with their own families. It covers new ways to communicate such as Skype and Second Life; social networking sites such as Facebook,blogs and microblogs such as Twitter; sites for sharing photos and videos such as Flickr and YouTube; and community information sites such as wikis and social bookmarking. If you are a family historian, or if you have a family, this book is for you! ISBN 9781921956065     More Information
    Softcover...25.50 (C$)

    BOOK - Using Maps in Family History Research, Revised and Updated
    By Fawne Stratford-Devai
    Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2005
    his book provides insights into the use of maps for genealogical and historical research. The visual representation of the land and communities on a map can offer evidence in its own right. It is the task of the researcher to carefully evaluate every piece of the puzzle in order to identify and understand individuals, families, migration routes, and even settlement patterns. Examples used include Canada, USA, UK, world. Every family historian can benefit from this valuable booklet.
    ISBN 1-894378-85-1     More information
    Coil-bound......CDN$   $14.95

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