Monday, 20 March 2017

Historical Vital Statistics in Alberta



Vital Statistics Alberta

For years, the question has been asked:
"When is Alberta going to get historical vital statistics online?"

The time is now! 
The Provincial Archives of Alberta has digitized vital statistics indexes and or registers and are now available online.

Under current legislation, registration documents are available publicly:
  • birth records that are 120 years or older*;
  • marriage records that are 75 years or older* 
  • death records that are 50 years or older* 
  • stillbirth records that are 75 years or older* 


  •                                                                          *from the date of the event

    Indexes are now available online for you to view at the Provincial Archives of Alberta website http://provincialarchives.alberta.ca/
    under "How To" then "Find Birth Marriage and Death Records"

    Words of Advice
    ➦ Many of the older indexes are alphabetical by the first letter, then alphabetical by the first vowel.
    For example: 
                        Brown would be found under "Bo"
                        Smith would be found under "Si"
    There are a few exception. I found "Be" surnames in the "Bo" section. Human error, it happened then, it happens now, it will always happen. 

    Information about the registers
    ➦Prior to 1917, letters were used in place of the year


    YEAR 
    CODE
    up to
    II / III
    1898
    A
    1899
    B
    1900
    C
    1901
    D
    1902
    E
    1903
    F
    1904
    G
    1905
    H
    1906
    J
    1907
    K
    1908
    L
    1909
    M
    1910
    N
    1911
    O
    1912
    P
    1913
    Q
    1914
    R
    1915
    S
    1916
    T

    Once you find the registration you are looking for, write down the following information (you will need it later):
    • Registration Number
    • Event type
    • Year
    • Surname, Given name
    • Place
    In some registers, there is a column for year born and beside it 'pr". The year born column speaks for itself. The province born column uses numbers to represent province/country born. 

    I share with you what I learned from other genealogists over the last 15 years:

    Canada
    01-PEI
    02-NS
    03-NB
    04-PQ
    05-ON
    06-MN
    07-SK
    08-AB
    09-BC
    10-Yukon
    11-NWT
    13-Newfoundland*

    21 - England
    23 - Ireland*
    24 - Scotland
    25 - Wales
    26 - Jersey Channel Islands*

    41 - USA
    52 - Austria*
    53 - Belgium*
    56 - Denmark
    58 - Finland

    60 - Germany*
    62 - Netherlands
    63 - Hungary*
    68 - Norway
    69 - Galicia *Austria or Ukraine

    71 - Bukovina
    73 - Scandinavia / Sweden*

    [*additions to the above list made June 27, 2017, with thanks to Donald K.]

    Over time, when people share what they know the list above can become more complete. I encourage you to contact me and share your findings of what the other numbers stand for. alberta.research2@gmail.com


    ➦be patient, wait for the files to load, they are HUGE files. 

    ➦If you used "ctrl f" to find surnames on the PDF forms and no result was found, review the names line by line. Always be diligent about reviewing forms manually to ensure a complete search has been done. OCR is good but not always reliable.

    Remember that information you wrote down? Now you are ready to order the registration document by clicking on the "Vital Stats request form" button.

    Cost per photocopy: 35¢ 
    Seriously, 35¢ !!!
    Have it mailed to you 
    $3.00 (in Canada) 
    $6.00 (outside of Canada)
    (see below)

    It's a great day for genealogists! Alberta vital statistics for genealogical purposes online. Wonderful!!

    I don't know about you, but I will be busy for the next little while.
    ~Shannon

    Update: September 27, 2019 costs and services of ordering vital statistic records through the PAA has changed.
    Digital Scans: $5.25  sent by e-mail when complete
    Photocopy 79¢ sent through Canada Post
    Shipping costs remain the same