British Columbia Civil Registration

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British Columbia indexes are also found in the FamilySearch Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959 collection.

Background Information[edit | edit source]

A government civil registration and vital statistics system usually registers all births, marriages, and deaths for citizens and residents, issues certificates for each, and compiles the resulting vital statistics. Also included may be name changes, divorces, and adoptions. In British Columbia, this responsibility lies with the Vital Statistics Agency of the Ministry of Health. British Columbia became a province of Canada in 1871 and began civil registration in 1872. However, Vital Statistics Agency records also include some delayed registration of pre-1872 events, colonial period marriages, and overseas war casualties.

What Can these Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

British Columbia, Index to Baptisms - FamilySearch Historical Records
The following information may be found in baptisms records:

  • Child’s name
  • Child's birth date and place
  • Baptism date and place
  • Gender

  • Parents’ names
  • First Nation or tribal affiliation
  • Aboriginal name


The following information is provided in the index:
  • name
  • gender
  • birth date
  • birth place
  • registration number
  • British Columbia Archives (BCA) microfilm number
  • Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) microfilm number
The index will only confirm the existence of a record on microfilm for the date listed. Once you have found an entry you can then view the actual record by obtaining a copy of the microfilm, and/or by contacting the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency (http://www.hlth.gov.bc.ca/vs/index.html)


The following information is provided in the index: surname, given name, gender, year, month, day, event place, registration number, British Columbia Archives microfilm number, Genealogical Society of Utah microfilm number. The index will only confirm the existence of a record on microfilm for the date listed. Once you have found an entry you can then view the actual record by obtaining a copy of the microfilm, and/or by contacting the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency (http://www.hlth.gov.bc.ca/vs/index.html)


The following information is provided in the index: surname, given name, gender, year, month, day, event place, registration number, British Columbia Archives microfilm number, Genealogical Society of Utah microfilm number. The index will only confirm the existence of a record on microfilm for the date listed. Once you have found an entry you can then view the actual record by obtaining a copy of the microfilm, and/or by contacting the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency

Ordering Register Copies from the Vital Statistics Agency[edit | edit source]

British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency
PO Box 9657, Stn. Prov. Govt.
Victoria, BC
V8W 9P3
Telephone: (Victoria & Outside B.C.) 250 952-2681, (within B.C.) 1 888 876-1633