Series GR-3033 - Marriage registration index

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Marriage registration index

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  • 1872-1929 (Creation)
    British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency
    Received 1997.

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Microfiche (neg.), [Bf00043], Originally transferred by British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency

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The British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency (BCVSA) is responsible for determining and registering births, deaths and marriages and for issuing certificates related to these events. The agency also performs civil marriage ceremonies through private marriage commissioners, issues marriage licences, administers legal changes of name, files and searches for wills notices, performs genealogical tracing, and maintains a special purpose registry for registering cases of congenital anomalies and various handicapping conditions. In addition, the agency provides statistical and research services for various government programs, universities and special interest research groups. The registration of births, deaths and marriages in British Columbia was entrusted to the Registrar General of Titles under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act of 1872 (SBC 1872, c. 26). Until 1911 the Registrar reported to the Department of the Attorney General, except for the years 1899 to 1901 when the office was under the Department of the Provincial Secretary. In 1911 the Registrar General of Titles became the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages under the Provincial Board of Health, which reported to the Department of the Provincial Secretary. The Vital Statistics Branch was created within the Provincial Board of Health under the control of the Provincial Health Officer in 1933, and was renamed the Division of Vital Statistics in 1936. The Division of Vital Statistics became the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency in 1996. The Provincial Board of Health was removed from the Department of the Provincial Secretary to become the Department of Health and Welfare in 1946. It was subsequently renamed the Department of Health and Hospital Insurance (1959), the Department of Health (1973), and the Ministry of Health (1976). The Division of Vital Statistics remained part of this organization throughout these changes.

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Index to British Columbia marriage registrations available on microfilm (GR-2962) generated from the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency computer database. It consists of two complete alphabetical listings (one by surname of brides, and the other by surname of grooms) of marriages registered within the Province of British Columbia. Each entry contains: name of the bride or groom; registration number (format is year-province code-finding number, e.g., 1921-09-006017); the event date (format is year/month/day, e.g., 1921/05/29); name of spouse; event place (e.g. Victoria); microfilm reel number assigned by the BC Archives (the B number) and number given to the microfilm reel by the Genealogical Society of Utah (referred to as the "GSU microfilm number" ).

To find an individual registration, first look up a person's name in the alphabetical listing. Note the bride will be listed by her pre-marriage surname. When you have found the right name and event, make note of the registration number, the event date, and the BCA or GSU microfilm reel number. Instructions for locating the actual registration can be found in the Finding Aid for GR-2962.

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Accession number(s): 93-0288

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Please note that the index information is provided only for the purpose of locating registrations and should not be taken as authoritative. The final authority for all registration information is the registration document itself.

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  • Box: Bf00043