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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
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This collection will include records from 1854 to 1903.
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This collection contains birth registrations, delayed birth registrations, and delayed registrations of Indian births.
  
 
The birth registrations are recorded on individual, printed forms. They consist of completed statements regarding live births in British Columbia submitted to district registrars and registered by the director of Vital Statistics. Note that these forms are not birth certificates but registrations of births. Birth certificates contain information from the original registration records and are only available through the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency. A stillbirth may have been registered as either a birth, death, or both.  
 
The birth registrations are recorded on individual, printed forms. They consist of completed statements regarding live births in British Columbia submitted to district registrars and registered by the director of Vital Statistics. Note that these forms are not birth certificates but registrations of births. Birth certificates contain information from the original registration records and are only available through the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency. A stillbirth may have been registered as either a birth, death, or both.  
  
British Columbia became a province of Canada in July 1871;&nbsp;registration of vital events began in 1872. The only persons excluded from the Births, Deaths, and Marriages Act of 1872 were Chinese and Aboriginals&nbsp;. This was changed by an amendment in 1897, stating the registration would apply to all races. However, the Act was amended in 1899 to once again exclude&nbsp;First Nations&nbsp;from provincial registration until another amendment was passed in 1916, which authorized registration of&nbsp;First Nations&nbsp;to begin again in 1917. Because of delayed registration, however,&nbsp;First Nation&nbsp;births in this collection are from 1868 to 1903 (v. 795, 995A-998A). Birth records are organized by birth year instead of registration year in order to enable the release of early birth information that might otherwise have been restricted because of a late registration date. On 4 June 2004, an amendment to the Vital Statistics Act changed the release date for birth records from 100 years to 120 years.&nbsp;  
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British Columbia became a province of Canada in July 1871; registration of vital events began in 1872. The only persons excluded from the Births, Deaths, and Marriages Act of 1872 were Chinese and Aboriginals&nbsp;. This was changed by an amendment in 1897, stating the registration would apply to all races. However, the Act was amended in 1899 to once again exclude&nbsp;First Nations&nbsp;from provincial registration until another amendment was passed in 1916, which authorized registration of&nbsp;First Nations&nbsp;to begin again in 1917. Because of delayed registration, however,&nbsp;First Nation&nbsp;births in this collection are from 1868 to 1903 (v. 795, 995A-998A). Birth records are organized by birth year instead of registration year in order to enable the release of early birth information that might otherwise have been restricted because of a late registration date. On 4 June 2004, an amendment to the Vital Statistics Act changed the release date for birth records from 100 years to 120 years.&nbsp;  
  
 
The registration of births began in 1872, but because of delayed registration, this collection includes births from 1854-1903.&nbsp;  
 
The registration of births began in 1872, but because of delayed registration, this collection includes births from 1854-1903.&nbsp;  
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Provincial vital registrations are considered a reliable source in family history research because they contain a record of an event usually registered very near the time the event occurred. The reliability, of course, depends on the accuracy of the informant.  
 
Provincial vital registrations are considered a reliable source in family history research because they contain a record of an event usually registered very near the time the event occurred. The reliability, of course, depends on the accuracy of the informant.  
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Birth registrations are the best source of birth information in British Columbia beginning in 1872.
  
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== 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.  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
  
 
{{Collection citation
 
{{Collection citation
| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Registrar General of Titles. British Columbia Birth Registrations. British Columbia Archives, Victoria, British Columbia.<!--bibdescend--> }}  
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| text =Registrar General of Titles. British Columbia Birth Registrations. British Columbia Archives, Victoria, British Columbia. }}  
  
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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== Record Content  ==
  
[[British Columbia Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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<gallery caption="British Columbia, Birth Registrations">
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Image:British Columbia Births DGS 4401559 30 Indian Birth.jpg|Indian Birth Registration
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Image:British Columbia Births DGS 4401547 32 Delayed Birth Record.jpg|Delayed Birth Record
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Image:British Columbia Births DGS 4401552 64 Birth Record.jpg|Birth Record
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== Record Content  ==
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These birth registrations usually include the following information:  
 
 
Key genealogical facts that may be found in the birth registrations are:  
 
  
 
*Date of birth  
 
*Date of birth  
 
*Place of birth  
 
*Place of birth  
*Sex of child
 
 
*Name of child  
 
*Name of child  
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*Gender of child
 
*Name of father  
 
*Name of father  
 
*Name of mother, including maiden name  
 
*Name of mother, including maiden name  
*Residence and rank or profession of father
 
*Name of the person who delivered the child
 
*Reason the father did not report the birth if the report was made by another person
 
 
*Date and number of registration
 
*Date and number of registration
  
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
In order to search this collection, you should know the following information:  
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To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:  
  
*Parents names
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*Names of parents
*Residence of parents at time of birth of child
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*Approximate year of birth for child
  
If you can't find the information that you have been looking for, try the following:
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
  
*Look in the Canada census record for the residence of the parents.  
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*This collection has only a small number of records. Your search may be limited because of the number of records in this collection.
*Look in the marriage records, this will give you another clue as to how old the parents were at the time of marriage thus giving you information on how old they were when they bore the child.
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*There may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and handwriting errors if the information was scanned.  
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*If there is an image to view in the record, be sure to view the image. There is often additional information that might be valuable in your researching.  
  
Birth registrations are the best source of birth information in British Columbia beginning in 1872.
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==== Search the Collection ====
  
 
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
 
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
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==== Using the Information ====
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*The names of the parents in the birth record will help you in researching the censuses.
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*Birth records may list the maiden name of the wife. If the record does have the maiden name, you may be able to find the name of the mother's parents in the collection or in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1520604 Canada, Births and Baptisms]
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
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If you can't find the information that you are looking for, the following tips will help you in your research:
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*Search the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1520604 Canada, Births and Baptisms] collection for more information about your ancestor's place of birth.
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*If you can't find the parents of your ancestor, you may want to try the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=1927164 Canadian Censues] to find a birth year and the names of the parents.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[British Columbia Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
*[http://www.afhs.ab.ca/registry/regbc_birth.html British Columbia Birth Registrations 1854-1903]
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*[http://www.afhs.ab.ca/registry/regbc_birth.html British Columbia Birth Registrations 1854-1903]
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*[http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/sn-23C2EA9/gbsearch/Baptisms Baptisms for British Columbia]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles&nbsp;  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles&nbsp;  ==
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*[[British Columbia]]  
 
*[[British Columbia]]  
 
*[[British Columbia Vital Records]]  
 
*[[British Columbia Vital Records]]  
*[[Canada|Canada]]
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*[[Canada Vital Records]]
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*[[Name Variations in Canadian Indexes and Records]]
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
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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.  
 
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|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection ===
 
 
 
"British Columbia Birth Registrations, 1854-1903." database, ''FamilySearch ''([https://www.familysearch.org https://familysearch.org]: accessed March 4,2011), &nbsp; Sarah Anneta Meston, 7 February 1891, citing Archive Records, FHL microfilm 2,114,717; British Columbia Archives, Victoria, British Columbia.  
 
  
 
[[Category:British_Columbia|Births]]
 
[[Category:British_Columbia|Births]]

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Record Description

This collection will include records from 1854 to 1903.

This collection contains birth registrations, delayed birth registrations, and delayed registrations of Indian births.

The birth registrations are recorded on individual, printed forms. They consist of completed statements regarding live births in British Columbia submitted to district registrars and registered by the director of Vital Statistics. Note that these forms are not birth certificates but registrations of births. Birth certificates contain information from the original registration records and are only available through the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency. A stillbirth may have been registered as either a birth, death, or both.

British Columbia became a province of Canada in July 1871; registration of vital events began in 1872. The only persons excluded from the Births, Deaths, and Marriages Act of 1872 were Chinese and Aboriginals . This was changed by an amendment in 1897, stating the registration would apply to all races. However, the Act was amended in 1899 to once again exclude First Nations from provincial registration until another amendment was passed in 1916, which authorized registration of First Nations to begin again in 1917. Because of delayed registration, however, First Nation births in this collection are from 1868 to 1903 (v. 795, 995A-998A). Birth records are organized by birth year instead of registration year in order to enable the release of early birth information that might otherwise have been restricted because of a late registration date. On 4 June 2004, an amendment to the Vital Statistics Act changed the release date for birth records from 100 years to 120 years. 

The registration of births began in 1872, but because of delayed registration, this collection includes births from 1854-1903. 

Registration of births began in 1872 in order to keep a written record of the population for the new province.

Provincial vital registrations are considered a reliable source in family history research because they contain a record of an event usually registered very near the time the event occurred. The reliability, of course, depends on the accuracy of the informant.

Birth registrations are the best source of birth information in British Columbia beginning in 1872.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Registrar General of Titles. British Columbia Birth Registrations. British Columbia Archives, Victoria, British Columbia.

Record Content

These birth registrations usually include the following information:

  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Name of child
  • Gender of child
  • Name of father
  • Name of mother, including maiden name
  • Date and number of registration

How to Use the Records

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Names of parents
  • Approximate year of birth for child

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • This collection has only a small number of records. Your search may be limited because of the number of records in this collection.
  • There may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and handwriting errors if the information was scanned.
  • If there is an image to view in the record, be sure to view the image. There is often additional information that might be valuable in your researching.

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Using the Information

  • The names of the parents in the birth record will help you in researching the censuses.
  • Birth records may list the maiden name of the wife. If the record does have the maiden name, you may be able to find the name of the mother's parents in the collection or in Canada, Births and Baptisms

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

If you can't find the information that you are looking for, the following tips will help you in your research:

  • Search the Canada, Births and Baptisms collection for more information about your ancestor's place of birth.
  • If you can't find the parents of your ancestor, you may want to try the Canadian Censues to find a birth year and the names of the parents.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

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.