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== Record Description  ==
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This Collection will include records from 1854 to 1903.
 
  
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.
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== What Is in this Collection?  ==
  
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;
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The registration of births began in 1872, but because of delayed registration, this collection includes births from 1854-1903.  
  
The registration of births began in 1872, but because of delayed registration, this collection includes births from 1854-1903.&nbsp;
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These records include birth registrations, delayed birth registrations, and delayed registrations of native births. Due to privacy by the government of British Columbia, some images have been restricted from viewing.  
  
Registration of births began in 1872 in order to keep a written record of the population for the new province.  
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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. 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.  
  
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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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 First Nations. 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, First Nation births in this collection range from 1854 -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.  
  
Birth registrations are the best source of birth information in British Columbia beginning in 1872.  
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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.
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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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.
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'''Birth registrations''' usually include:  
 
 
{{Collection citation
 
| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Registrar General of Titles. British Columbia Birth Registrations. British Columbia Archives, Victoria, British Columbia.<!--bibdescend--> }}
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
<gallery caption="British Columbia, Birth Registrations">
 
Image:British Columbia Births DGS 4401559 30 Indian Birth.jpg|Indian Birth Registration
 
Image:British Columbia Births DGS 4401547 32 Delayed Birth Record.jpg|Delayed Birth Record
 
Image:British Columbia Births DGS 4401552 64 Birth Record.jpg|Birth Record
 
</gallery>
 
 
 
Key genealogical facts that may be found in the birth registrations are:  
 
  
 
*Date of birth  
 
*Date of birth  
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*Name of father  
 
*Name of father  
 
*Name of mother, including maiden name  
 
*Name of mother, including maiden name  
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*Residence of parents
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*Occupation of father
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*Birthplace of parents
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*Age of parents
 
*Date and number of registration
 
*Date and number of registration
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'''Native birth records''' usually include:
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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*Name of child
 
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*Place of birth
'''Beginning Your Search'''
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*Gender of child
 
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*Date of birth
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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*Single, twin, triplet, or other
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*Marital status of parents
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*Name of parents
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*Tribe of parents
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*Age of parents
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*Occupation of father
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*Birthplace of parents
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*Number of children
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*Residence
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*Name of doctor and date of registration
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== Collection Content ==
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===Sample Images===
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Image:British Columbia Births DGS 4401559 30 Indian Birth.jpg|Native 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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</gallery> 
  
*Ancestors name  
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
*Approximate birth year
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You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:
*Names of parents
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The name of a relative or date of the event
  
'''Keep in Mind:'''  
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===Search the Index===
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Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1307731 Collection Page] then:
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#Fill in the search boxes with the information you know.
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#Click '''Search'''. This will provide possible a list of matches.
  
This collection has only a small number of records. Your search may be limited because of the number of records in this collection.
 
  
'''Searching the Index'''
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1307731/waypoints Browse Page] then:
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# Select '''Digital Folder Number'''
  
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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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
  
If there is an image to view, be sure and click on it to bring up the actual image. There is often additional information that might be valuable in your researching.
 
  
'''Using the Information:'''
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1307731 British Columbia birth registrations, 1854-1903]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
*The names of the parents in the birth record will help you in researching the censuses.  
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== What Do I Do Next?  ==
*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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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Use the information to find other records such as marriage, census, church, land and death records.
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*Use the occupations to find employment or military records.  
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*Use the information to establish a migration pattern and find additional family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[British Columbia Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
'''Can't Find Information?'''
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.  Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search. 
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Search the indexes and records of [[British Columbia, Canada Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[British Columbia Archives and Libraries]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=300&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Canada%2C%20British%20Columbia%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Abirth FamilySearch Catalog]
  
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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== Known Issues With This Collection  ==
  
*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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{| width="320" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border=".5" style="float:right;font-size:8pt"
*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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| bgcolor="#fff3e7" | [[Image:Important.png|60x60px|Important.png]]
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| bgcolor="#fff3e7" style="vertical-align:top; line-height:125%; padding-top:8px" | '''Problems with this collection?'''<br>[https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Newfoundland-Vital-Records-1840-1949-known-issues&lang=en See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.]
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== Known Issues with This Collecton  ==
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Newfoundland-Vital-Records-1840-1949-known-issues&lang=en 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.
  
{{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.  
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==Citing This Collection==
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
  
== Related Websites  ==
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;Collection Citation:
  
*[http://www.afhs.ab.ca/registry/regbc_birth.html British Columbia Birth Registrations 1854-1903]
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{{Collection citation | text= "British Columbia Birth Registrations, 1854-1903." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Registrar General of Titles. Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria.}}<br>
*[http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/sn-23C2EA9/gbsearch/Baptisms Baptisms for British Columbia]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles&nbsp;  ==
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{{Record_Citation}}
  
*[[British Columbia]]
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{{Image_Citation}}
*[[British Columbia Vital Records]]
 
*[[Canada Vital Records]]
 
*[[Name Variations in Canadian Indexes and Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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[[Category:British Columbia, Canada|Births]]
  
{{Contributor invite}}
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'''[[British_Columbia_Birth_Registrations_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''[[#top|Top of Page]]'''
  
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.
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
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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{{Contributor invite}}
  
[[Category:British_Columbia|Births]]
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[[Category:British Columbia FamilySearch Historical Records]]

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
British Columbia,  Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Births
Collection years 1854-1903
Languages English
Title in the Language
FamilySearch Resources
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Archive
British Columbia Information Management Services



What Is in this Collection?

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

These records include birth registrations, delayed birth registrations, and delayed registrations of native births. Due to privacy by the government of British Columbia, some images have been restricted from viewing.

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. 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 First Nations. 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, First Nation births in this collection range from 1854 -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.

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.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Birth registrations usually include:

  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Name of child
  • Gender of child
  • Name of father
  • Name of mother, including maiden name
  • Residence of parents
  • Occupation of father
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Age of parents
  • Date and number of registration

Native birth records usually include:

  • Name of child
  • Place of birth
  • Gender of child
  • Date of birth
  • Single, twin, triplet, or other
  • Marital status of parents
  • Name of parents
  • Tribe of parents
  • Age of parents
  • Occupation of father
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Number of children
  • Residence
  • Name of doctor and date of registration
 

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page then:

  1. Fill in the search boxes with the information you know.
  2. Click Search. This will provide possible a list of matches.


View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:

  1. Select Digital Folder Number

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as marriage, census, church, land and death records.
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
  • Use the information to establish a migration pattern and find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of British Columbia, Canada Genealogy.
  • Search in the British Columbia Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Catalog

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 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.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"British Columbia Birth Registrations, 1854-1903." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Registrar General of Titles. Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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