Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2010View Source
> Annual Release Information
> Annual releases of records and updates to the indexes take place in early
> January in accordance with the following criteria:
> - birth events must be at least 120 years old*;
> - marriage events must be at least 75 years old;
> - death events must be at least 20 years old.
> Status update as of 15 June 2010
> Birth registrations and index: 1854-1903
> On 4 June 2004, an amendment to the Vital Statistics Act (SBC 2004, c.55)
> was brought into force, extending future release dates for copies of birth
> records from 100 years to 120 years after the date of birth. The amendment
> enhances existing security around the release of birth information and
> ensures that the personal information and privacy of centenarians is
> protected. Currently, only birth registrations up to 1903 are available at
> the BC Archives. The 1904 registrations will not be released until January
> 2025. Those ordering birth registration microfilm reels after June 2004 are
> limited to reels with records older than120 years. The reels for 1889 birth
> registrations will be available this year.
> Marriage registrations and index: 1872-1933
> The release of the marriage registrations and indexes by the BC Vital
> Statistics Agency has been suspended until further notice.
> Death registrations 1872-1988; index: 1872-1989
> The index entries for the 1989 death registrations have been added to the
> deaths index. There will be no general release of the 1989 death
> registrations. Copies of individual death registrations for 1989 must be
> ordered directly from the BC Vital Statistics Agency.
> Don (in Vancouver)
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