St Catherines Helpfull Articles


Article -

Search Strategy for Birth - 1837 to Present

1. Birth Certificate: Civil registration
Civil registration is the government registration of births, marriages, and deaths, beginning 1 July 1837. In these records you may find a child's name, birth date and place, names of parents (including mother's maiden name), father's occupation, and the name, address, and sometimes the relationship of a person present at the birth. Civil registration birth records cover most of the population and are indexed countrywide. Use the national index to identify and obtain a copy of a birth certificate.

What you are looking for - Your ancestor's name in the civil registration birth index.

Why go to the next record - You may want to go to the next record because:

  • You did not find any information in the above record.
  • You found information, but it conflicts with what you know.
  • You found information but would like to find additional details.

2. Marriage Certificate: Civil registration
Civil registration is the government registration of births, marriages, and deaths, beginning 1 July 1837. In these records you may find names, ages (which you can use to determine a year of birth), marital status, fathers' names and occupations, the occupations and residences of the bride and groom, and names of witnesses. You must purchase a copy of a marriage certificate to see the information in the original record. Civil registration marriage records cover most of the population and are indexed countrywide. Use the national index to identify and obtain a copy of a marriage certificate.

What you are looking for - Your ancestor's name in the civil registration marriage index.

Why go to the next record - You may want to go to the next record because:

  • You did not find any information in the above record.
  • You found information, but it conflicts with what you know.
  • You found information but would like to find additional details.

3. Death Certificate: Civil registration
Civil registration is the government registration of births, marriages, and deaths, beginning 1 July 1837. In these records you may find the name of the deceased, death date and place, age at death (which you can use to determine the year of birth), occupation (or in the case of a child, a parent's name), cause of death, and the name, address, and sometimes relationship of a person present at the death. Civil registration death records cover most of the population and are indexed countrywide. Use the national index to identify and obtain a copy of a death certificate.

What you are looking for - Your ancestor's name in the civil registration death index.

Why go to the next record - You may want to go to the next record because:

  • You did not find any information in the above record.
  • You found information, but it conflicts with what you know.
  • You found information but would like to find additional details.
 
Page 1 of 3
   
Next