British Columbia Vital Records

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British Columbia became a province in 1871. Provincewide registration of birth, marriage, and death records began in 1872. A few records were made for events which took place before 1872 but were registered later. Many births, marriages, and deaths were not registered in the early years. Vital records began to be kept more systematically in 1920.

Availability Vital records of births more than 100 years old, marriages more than 75 years old, and deaths more than 20 years old are available online and on microfilm. Vital records that are more recent must be requested on forms available from the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.

Some births, marriages, and deaths not recorded in vital records may be in church records. British Columbia vital records are restricted for many years before they can be made public:

  • Birth records, 100 years.
  • Marriage records, 75 years.
  • Death records, 20 years.

For additional information about vital records in Canada, including research strategies, see Canada Vital Records.

Finding the Records

British Columbia Archives-Royal British Columbia Museum
Birth (1854-1903), Marriage (1872-1936), Death (1872-1991) Online index with images - free.

Vital Statistics Agency
818 Fort Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1H8
Phone: 250–952–2681
Fax: 250–952–2587

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9657
Victoria, BC V8W 9P3

Vancouver Public Library
350 W. Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
Phone: 604–331–3740 (newspapers, magazines)
Phone: 604–331–3710 (history, government, genealogy)
Fax: 604–331–3744

Cloverdale Library
5642 - 176A Street
Surrey, BC V3S 4G9
Phone: 604-598-7320
Copies of vital records are 50 cents per copy in person or $5 if ordered by mail or e-mail.

British Columbia Archives
Index only to births, marriages, deaths - free

Family History Library

Many births, marriages, and deaths are listed in the Master Index Card File, British Columbia Family History Library .) Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1986–7. The original records were filmed at the British Columbia Genealogical Society, Richmond, BC. British Columbia films of death registers are no longer available at the Family History Library. See the free online index and images listed above in Finding the Records - British Columbia Archives-Royal British Columbia Museum

Wiki articles describing theses collections are found at:

Online Indexes

The following links provide further information: