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== Record Description  ==
 
 
 
This Collection will include records from 1859 to 1932.<br>
 
  
The pre-confederation (or colonial) marriage records consist of certified marriage certificates, or returns of marriages, submitted by clergy of various denominations, as well as typed certified extracts (ca. 1933) from marriage registers maintained by churches and missions. The set contains 8 volumes but v. A1 (A to J surnames, 1859-1872, British Columbia mainland) was missing at the time of filming and is not included in this set. The marriage registrations, begun in 1872, are recorded on individual, printed forms. They consist of completed statements regarding marriages submitted to district registrars and registered by the director of Vital Statistics. Note that these forms are not marriage certificates but registrations of marriages. Marriage certificates contain information from the original registration records and are only available through the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.
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| title = British Columbia, Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938
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| location = Canada
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| LOC_01 = British Columbia
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| record_type = Marriages
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| start_year = 1859
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| end_year = 1938 (1933-1937 not included)
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| language = English
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| FS_URL_01 = [[Canada]]
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| FS_URL_03 = [[British Columbia Genealogy|British Columbia]]
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| FS_URL_04 = [[British Columbia|British Columbia History]]
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| FS_URL_05 = [[British Columbia Vital Records|British Columbia Vital Records]]
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| FS_URL_06 = [[Canada Vital Records Index]]
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| FS_URL_07 = [[Library and Archives Canada]]
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| FS_URL_08 = [[Canada History Links]]
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| FS_URL_09 = [[Canada Historic Maps]]
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| FS_URL_10 = [[Name Variations in Canadian Indexes and Records]]
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/death/index.html Government of British Columbia]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/BasicSearch BC Archives Genealogy Search]
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/index.php/search/advanced?f=&m=243&so0=and&sq0=&sf0= British Columbia Archives Searchable Index]
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/basicSearch/ British Columbia Archives' Vital Events Index]
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| custodian = [http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/life-events British Columbia Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria]
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The pre-confederation marriages occurred in the colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island and were submitted to the Colonial Secretary by clergy. The two colonies were united in 1866 prior to the entry of British Columbia into the Confederation of Canada. British Columbia became a province of Canada in July 1871, and 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&nbsp;First Nations&nbsp;from provincial registration until another amendment was passed in 1916, which authorized registration of&nbsp;First&nbsp;Nations&nbsp;to begin again in 1917. These restrictions did not apply to pre-confederation marriages.  
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== What Is in the Collection?  ==
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This collection includes records from 1859 to 1932, 1937 and 1938.<br>
  
Coverage is a small percentage of the population. Beginning in 1872, official government registration applied to the whole province of British Columbia except for the Chinese (until 1897) and&nbsp;First Nations&nbsp;(until 1917). Early registration records are very incomplete chiefly due to the fact that a majority of the population lived great distances from the registry offices and communication was difficult.  
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The set contains 8 volumes but v. A1 (A to J surnames, 1859-1872, British Columbia mainland) was missing at the time of filming and is not included in this set.  
  
Pre-confederation marriages were gathered and registration of marriages begun in order to keep a written record for use by the government.  
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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&nbsp;First Nations&nbsp;from provincial registration until another amendment was passed in 1916, which authorized registration of&nbsp;First&nbsp;Nations&nbsp;to begin again in 1917. These restrictions did not apply to pre-confederation marriages. Early registration records are very incomplete chiefly due to the fact that a majority of the population lived great distances from the registry offices and communication was difficult. The coverage of these records is small.  
  
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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The pre-confederation marriages occurred in the colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island and were submitted to the Colonial Secretary by clergy. The two colonies were united in 1866 prior to the entry of British Columbia into the Confederation of Canada. British Columbia became a province of Canada in July 1871. The registration of vital events began in 1872.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The marriage registrations, begun in 1872, are recorded on individual, printed forms. They consist of completed statements regarding marriages submitted to district registrars and registered by the director of Vital Statistics. Note that these forms are not marriage certificates but registrations of marriages. Marriage certificates contain information from the original registration records and are only available through the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.
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The records prior to 1872 are pre-confederation (or colonial) marriage records.
  
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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Pre-confederation marriages were gathered and registration of marriages begun in order to keep a written record for use by the government. Pre-confederation records consist of certified marriage certificates, or returns of marriages, submitted by clergy of various denominations, as well as typed certified extracts (ca. 1933) from marriage registers maintained by churches and missions.  
  
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Marriage registrations were registered by the Director of Vital Statistics and include delayed registrations of marriages (1933-1977), registrations of Indian marriages (1917 -1956); and registrations of Doukhobour marriage(1959 - 1982). Registration images are arranged in order of registration number, which is often a red sequential number in the upper right-hand corner of the image. An alphabetical index by last name of groom has a "finding number" listed which is used to find the individual registration number.  
| text = British Columbia. Vital Statistics Branch. British Columbia Marriages. Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria, British Columbia.}}
 
  
== Record Content  ==
 
 
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Key genealogical facts that may be found in the marriage records are:  
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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'''Marriage records''' usually contain the following information:  
  
 
*Names of bride and groom  
 
*Names of bride and groom  
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*Places of birth  
 
*Places of birth  
 
*Marital status  
 
*Marital status  
*Names of parents (father’s name only in most preconfederation records)  
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*Names of parents (father’s name only in most pre-confederation records)  
 
*Names of witnesses and their residences  
 
*Names of witnesses and their residences  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
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*Whether marriage was by license or by banns
 
*Whether marriage was by license or by banns
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Images ===
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Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.  
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The name of a relative or date of the event
  
Be sure and click on the View Image to bring up the actual image. There is often additional information that might be valuable in your researching.  
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===Search the Index===
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Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1307718 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.  
  
'''Beginning Your Search'''  
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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/1307718/waypoints Browse Page] then:
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# Select '''Digital Folder Number'''
  
To begin your search in this collection, you should know the following information:
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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.
  
*Ancestor's name
 
*Parent's names
 
*Approximate marriage date
 
  
'''If you can't find the information, you can try the following:'''
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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:{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1307718 British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
*Your ancestor might have lived in a different place from where you were looking for the birth, marriage, or death.  
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== What Do I Do Next?  ==
*Your ancestor might have lived at a slightly different time from the years you were looking.  
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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Not every birth, marriage, or death was registered.
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*Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.  
*Look in the Canada Census Records for the residence of the parents.  
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*Use the information to find additional family members.  
*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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*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.
  
'''Searching he Index'''
 
  
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.
 
  
== Known Issues with This Collecton ==
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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, especially French versions.
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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%3Amarriage FamilySearch Library Catalog]
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[British Columbia Marriages (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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== Known Issues With This Collection  ==
  
== Related Websites  ==
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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=British-Columbia-Marriage-Registrations-1859-1932-known-issues&lang=en See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.]
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*[http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/textual/governmt/vstats/v_events.htm British Columbia Archives' Vital Events Index]  
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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=British-Columbia-Marriage-Registrations-1859-1932-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, plea se 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.
*[http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/sn-23C2EA9/gbsearch/ BC Archives Searchable Index]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
*[[British Columbia|British Columbia]]
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
*[[British Columbia Vital Records]]
 
*[[Canada Vital Records]]&nbsp;
 
*[[Name Variations in Canadian Indexes and Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938" Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria.}}<br><br>
  
{{Contributor invite}}  
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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|title=British Columbia, Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938
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'''Image Citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
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|CID=CID1307718
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|title=British Columbia, Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938
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}}  
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''[[British_Columbia_Marriage_Registrations_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#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]].
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1859-1938 (1933-1937 not included)
Languages English
Title in the Language
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
British Columbia Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria


What Is in the Collection?

This collection includes records from 1859 to 1932, 1937 and 1938.

The set contains 8 volumes but v. A1 (A to J surnames, 1859-1872, British Columbia mainland) was missing at the time of filming and is not included in this set.

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. These restrictions did not apply to pre-confederation marriages. Early registration records are very incomplete chiefly due to the fact that a majority of the population lived great distances from the registry offices and communication was difficult. The coverage of these records is small.

The pre-confederation marriages occurred in the colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island and were submitted to the Colonial Secretary by clergy. The two colonies were united in 1866 prior to the entry of British Columbia into the Confederation of Canada. British Columbia became a province of Canada in July 1871. The registration of vital events began in 1872.

The marriage registrations, begun in 1872, are recorded on individual, printed forms. They consist of completed statements regarding marriages submitted to district registrars and registered by the director of Vital Statistics. Note that these forms are not marriage certificates but registrations of marriages. Marriage certificates contain information from the original registration records and are only available through the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency. The records prior to 1872 are pre-confederation (or colonial) marriage records.

Pre-confederation marriages were gathered and registration of marriages begun in order to keep a written record for use by the government. Pre-confederation records consist of certified marriage certificates, or returns of marriages, submitted by clergy of various denominations, as well as typed certified extracts (ca. 1933) from marriage registers maintained by churches and missions.

Marriage registrations were registered by the Director of Vital Statistics and include delayed registrations of marriages (1933-1977), registrations of Indian marriages (1917 -1956); and registrations of Doukhobour marriage(1959 - 1982). Registration images are arranged in order of registration number, which is often a red sequential number in the upper right-hand corner of the image. An alphabetical index by last name of groom has a "finding number" listed which is used to find the individual registration number.


What Can These Records Tell Me?

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Names of bride and groom
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Residences when married
  • Places of birth
  • Marital status
  • Names of parents (father’s name only in most pre-confederation records)
  • Names of witnesses and their residences
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Religious denominations of bride and groom
  • Name of person performing the marriage
  • Whether marriage was by license or by banns

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.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to 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, especially French versions.
  • 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 Library 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, plea se 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

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for British Columbia, Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938.


Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for British Columbia, Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938.


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