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Ministry of Health

Electronic Index to British Columbia's Historical Birth, Death and Marriage Records

The Vital Statistics Agency and BC Archives now provide an electronic index to British Columbia's historical birth, death and marriage records from as early as 1872, available on the BC Archives Website.

What is available on the electronic index?

  • Birth registrations are available from 1872 - 1903. A legislation change in 2004 extends the release of birth information from 100 years to 120 years after the date of birth.
  • Marriage registrations are available from 1872 - 1934 or 75 years after the date of marriage.
  • Death registrations are available from 1872 - 1989 or 20 years after the date of death.
  • Index data related to the deaths of 3,423 British Columbians overseas during World War II.