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Canadian: Vital Statistics Records-Part 1
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The recording of an individual''s vital statistics was most often done at the time the event occurred. This usually means that the information provided is considered accurate. Unfortunately, vital statistics records can often be very difficult to find. This course will concentrate on the Vital Statistics gathered by the provincial governments and the various churches. Births, marriages and deaths records will be examined to determine how much information is actually available and helpful for the genealogist. How and why the information was gathered as well as when it began will be discussed.

Suggestions for using the Internet for researching many vital statistics records will also be provided. A short lesson in the history and geography of each province is included.

COURSE CONTENT

Module 1
Introduction
  • Where Are the Records?
  • What is civil registration?
  • What kind of record keeping took place?
  • Why did the government want to record these events?

    Civil Registration

    Types of early Vital Records
  • Births - Baptisms
  • Marriage Banns
  • Marriage Bonds
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Marriage Records
  • Deaths—Burials
  • Cemetery Tombstones
  • Newspapers

    Long Distance Research
  • Vital Statistics Research on the Internet
  • How do you cite your source when using the Internet for research?

    Module 2
    Ontario
  • The Church & the Government
  • Registration & the Clerk of the Peace
  • Where Are These Religious Records Now?
  • How Do You Get Started?
  • Marriage Registers

    Module 3
    Other Sources for Births, Marriages & Deaths Records
  • Court Records
  • Municipal Records
  • Upper & Lower Canada Marriage Bonds 1779-1865
  • Church Archives
  • Newspapers
  • Baptismal Registers
  • Published Church Records
  • Cemetery Records

    Civil Registration - July 1, 1869
  • 1875 Registration Act
  • 1896 Registration Act
  • 1908 Vital Statistics Act
  • 1919 Vital Statistics Act
  • Delayed Registrations

    Locating Civil Registration After 1869
  • Births
  • Marriages
  • Deaths
  • Hints, Exceptions & Irregular Registration Numbers
  • Locating the Registrations of Vital Statistics After the Public Domain Cut-off Dates

    Genealogical Societies

    Church Records
  • Anglican Church Archives
  • United Church Archives
  • Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives
  • Roman Catholic Archives
  • Jewish Archives
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
  • Mennonite Archives of Ontario
  • Moravian Archives
  • Quaker Archives and Library of Canada
  • Canadian Baptist Archives

    Module 4
    New Brunswick
  • Provincial Archives
  • Government Vital Records
  • Church Records
  • Anglican Diocese of Fredericton
  • United Church Records

    Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Registers of Vital Statistics Pre-1892-93
  • Parish Records Collection
  • Newfoundland Births, Marriages & Deaths Records
  • All Newfoundland Births 1840-1915
  • Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Maritime History Archive
  • Church Records
  • Anglican Church Archives
  • Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John''s
  • United Church Records

    Acadia

    Nova Scotia
  • Church Records
  • Township Records
  • Vital Records
  • Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management
  • Nova Scotia Deputy Registrar - General Fonds 1769-1918
  • Marriage Registration Books 1864-1918
  • Marriage Bonds 1763-1872
  • Bonds Dating from 1763-1863
  • Returns of Marriage Licenses Issued & Marriages Solemnized 1864-1875
  • Birth Registration Books 1864-1877
  • Returns of Births Registered 1864-1877
  • Death Registration Books 1864-1877
  • Returns of Registered Deaths 1864-1877
  • Coroners’ & Medical Examiners’ Reports 1920-1974
  • Vital Statistics Office
  • Church Records
  • Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia & PEI Archives
  • United Church Records

    Prince Edward Island
  • Master Name Index
  • Public Archives and Records Office
  • Baptismals Index
  • Deaths Prior to 1906
  • Marriage Register Books 1832-1923
  • Marriage Licenses, 1787-1919 & Marriage Bonds, 1849-1902
  • Office of Vital Statistics
  • Church Records
  • United Church Records

    Module 5

    Alberta
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta
  • First System of Registration - 1888
  • Second System of Registration - 1897
  • Obtaining Certificates
  • Eligibility to Receive Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates
  • What information will this certificate provide?
  • Definition of Next-of-kin
  • Anglican Church of Canada
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • United Church of Canada
  • Lutheran Church
  • Unitarian Church of Edmonton
  • Westwood Unitarian Society
  • Presbyterian Synod of Alberta and the Northwest
  • Contact Information
  • Archives & Libraries
  • Genealogical Societies

    British Columbia
  • Vital Events Registrations & Indexes
  • Certified Copies of Registrations
  • Locations Holding the Microfilm Collection
  • British Columbia Archives
  • Marriage Records 1859-1872
  • British Columbia Colonial Secretary
  • Coroner''s Records
  • Obtaining Freedom of Information - Coroner''s Inquests/Inquiries
  • Looking for a Coroner''s Inquest/Inquiry
  • Church Records
  • Anglican Church of Canada
  • Baptist Church of Canada
  • Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada
  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver Chancery Office Archives
  • United Church Records
  • Aboriginal Records
  • Genealogical Societies

    Module 6

    Manitoba
  • Provincial Archives
  • Civil Registration
  • Libraries & Genealogical Societies
  • Church Records
  • Archives of the Anglican Church of Canada - Diocese of Rupert''s Land
  • United Church Records
  • Other Church Records

    Saskatchewan
  • Church Records
  • Anglican Church
  • Baptist Church
  • Lutheran Church
  • Presbyterian Church
  • United Church Records
  • Roman Catholic Church Records
  • Other Church Records
  • Provincial Archives
  • Civil Registration
  • Birth Registrations
  • Marriage Registrations
  • Death Registrations

    Northwest Territories
  • Church Records
  • United Church Records

    Nunavut

    Yukon Territory

    Quebec
  • Provincial Archives
  • Church Registers
  • PRDH
  • Marriage Bonds
  • Marriage Registers
  • Dictionaries
  • Tanguay
  • Drouin
  • Jetté
  • Card Indexes
  • Non-Catholic Records
  • Anglican
  • Baptist
  • Lutheran
  • Presbyterian
  • United Church Records
  • Jewish
  • Genealogical Societies

    In Conclusion
  • Reference Books
  • Additional Resources
  • Resources Consulted

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