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Genealogy Vital Records Resources for British Columbia

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Basic Search on The Births Registration Index: 1872 to 1903, events up to 1903

Note

Basic Search on The Marriage Registration Index: 1872 to 1929, events over 75 years old.

Basic Search on The Death Registration Index: 1872 to 1984, events over 20 years old.


How To Order A Birth Certificate

You can apply for a birth certificate at any Vital Statistics Office or Government Agent office. Get a copy of the application form at these locations or download the form here.

Complete and mail the form with the fee to Vital Statistics, and pay by cheque, money order or credit card.

A birth certificate may be ordered by the following:

The person who is the subject of the certificate.
A parent of a child under 19 years of age, or if the child is incapable.
A custodial guardian if the parent is incapable
A person with written authorization from one of the above.
An officer of any provincial government or the government in Canada who requires the certificate for discharge of official duties.
Any other person who satisfies the Chief Executive Officer of the good faith of the person's cause for requiring the certificate.
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Ordering a Marriage Certificate

A party to a marriage, or a person with written authorization by the couple, can order a marriage certificate. To order a marriage certificate, you may:

Apply in person at a Vital Statistics or Government Agent office.
Apply by mailing the completed application form and appropriate fee.
Pay by credit card.
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Ordering A Death Certificate

Any person can apply for a death certificate.

Only an immediate family member can apply for a genealogy certificate upon proof of death and proof of relationship to the deceased person. This includes individuals such as a spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, grandfather, grandchildren and grandmother.

To order a document, you may:

Apply in person at a Vital Statistics or Government Agent office.
Apply by mailing the completed application form and appropriate fee.
Pay by credit card.
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