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OBTAINING COPIES OF BC BIRTH, MARRIAGE OR DEATH REGISTRATIONS

First search the Birth, Marriage and Death Registration Vital Stats indexes at the BC Archives Web site for film and registration numbers.

Next, using the film and registration numbers, obtain copies of the actual registrations. There are a variety of methods that do not require selling off family heirlooms in order to afford the copies. 

Method #1 - from the BC Archives

The Overview of Vital Events page and the actual BC Archives search pages state "Please note that all inquiries regarding the registrations must be submitted to the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency". The fees for these services are outlined in the Vital Statistics Agency Fee List. The fee schedule provided for genealogical material is as follows (effective 1 Apr 1999): 
Genealogy
1) Genealogy Extract and/or extended Search - $50.00
* An inclusive charge of $60.00 will be made for services required within 24 hours for Change of Name Certificates, and Certificates or Photocopies of Births, Deaths, and Marriages. 
Specify all of the information from the index for the registration requested and mail to: 
        British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency 
        818 Fort Street
        Victoria, British Columbia
        Canada
        V8W 1H8
        Telephone 1-250-952-2681 
        Fax: (250) 952-2527
        BC Vital Statistics - Genealogy

Method #2 - Microfilm Colections

Copies of original registration documents are available on microfilm at the BC Archives and various locations throughout the province (listed below). Contact a friend or relative who lives near one of these locations, and ask, beg, or bribe them to go down to one of these locations and conduct a search and copy the information for you.
         Okanagan Regional Library (Kelowna) Kelowna Library 1380 Ellis Street Kelowna, British Columbia Simon Fraser University Library Reference Division W.A.C. Bennett Library Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia Surrey Public Library (Cloverdale) Cloverdale Library 5642 - 176A Street Surrey, British Columbia Victoria Genealogical Society P.O. Box 45031 Mayfair Postal Outlet Victoria, B.C. Vancouver Public Library (History Collection) History and Government Division 350 West Georgia Street Vancouver, British Columbia Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds a copy of the microfilms in Salt Lake City, Utah. Individuals may borrow rolls of the microfilm collection through any of the Church's Family History Centers. 

Method #3 - Victoria Genealogical Society

The Victoria Genealogical Society will provide copies of the registrations for you at a cost of $10.00 per certificate and will perform other genealogical searches for British Columbia. 
        Victoria Genealogical Society
        P.O. Box 45031
        Mayfair Postal Outlet
        Victoria, BC, Canada. V8Z 7G9

Method #4 - Professional Genealogists

Contact a Professional Genealogists in the one of the above areas. I do not provide the fees rates that professional genealogists charge for this sort of service. 

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