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Register the Baby’s Birth – A Poster from 1929

July 17, 2015

Register the baby's birth - British ColumbiaWe are fortunate in British Columbia that the Provincial Archives has been at the forefront of agencies that make vital records available to the public.

The BC Archives was established in 1908. Records could be viewed at the Archives in Victoria and on microfilm at some libraries.

Searching of marriage and death registrations became available online in 1997 and birth registrations in 1999.

Through a partnership with FamilySearch, certificate images were made available for free viewing online in 2012.

There are three ways to access this wealth of data online.

The newest portal is available at the Royal British Columbia Museum site: Genealogy Advanced Search.

You can also use the old “List of Genealogy Indexes” at the BC Archives  together with the British Columbia Indexed Historical Records at FamilySearch.org to view the images.

The databases are not always the same and it is worthwhile to try each method of searching if you cannot find what you are looking for.

“Birth Certificate – O.K.”

Many early births were not registered and some of these are available as late registrations, which often came about when the person wanted to marry.

Stressing the importance of registering a birth, the advertisement shown here was put out by the Province of British Columbia Department of Vital Statistics in 1929, stating some reasons to have a certificate of birth:

“Proof of citizenship; right to go to school; right to hold public office; right to inherit; right to insure; right to marry; right to vote; right to. . .”

The ad was distributed in poster form for display in public buildings.

“This poster is to be exhibited in Post Office lobbies. By Order of the Postmaster General.”

 

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