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Ministry of Health

What is Genealogy?

Genealogy is the science or study of family descent. Many people are interested in family history research and Vital Statistics records are an important source of information for the family historian. For geneological research purposes the Agency issues a unique certified registration copy, which makes available all the information recorded on the original event record.

The Vital Statistics Agency has records of birth, marriage, and death occurring in British Columbia since 1872. These records are available to qualified applicants and the disclosure of this information is in compliance with the Vital Statistics Act and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Vital Statistics will release birth registrations containing a notation of adoption and adoption records only to birth parents and adopted persons. Under the provisions of the province's Adoption Act, individuals wanting to receive adoption record information are required to make an application to the Vital Statistics Agency (Genealogy - Adoption).