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Be sure and know what is currently available.The Family History Library has collected numerous microfilms and published holdings of the original records for Canada, but few Civil Registrations will be found there due to the right of privacy in that country. Be sure to check the Family History Library Catalog online and be aware of what is currently available.

For the most part, it will be necessary for researchers in these provinces to write to the local repositories by using the addresses above or checking the e-mail addresses available. One resource that is excellent for this work is the International Vital Records Handbook, 4th Edition, by Thomas Jay Kemp which includes copies of the actual forms required by each province and any unique ordering information required for these records such as proof of identity.

Is it apparent that each province in Canada is treated individually? To be sure this is understood, perform the short assignment at the end of this lesson and see if your answers agree to those provided.


  1. In what year are birth records available for Alberta, Canada according to the chart above?

  2. In what year are marriage records available for Prince Edward Island?

  3. In what year are death records available for New Brunswick?

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