March 26, 2003
A new Web site allowing access to certain Manitoba vital statistic records for genealogical research is now available, Finance Minister Greg Selinger announced today.
The new site allows researchers to look up major life event records such as births, marriages and deaths online and order copies from the Vital Statistics Agency.
"These types of records often provide valuable information for people interested in tracing their family tree," said Selinger. "Genealogists often spend years tracing their relatives and learning about their family history. By making this information available online, the records will be easily accessible to anyone interested in finding out more about their heritage."
Effective Jan. 1, 2003, amendments to the Vital Statistics Act were proclaimed permitting unrestricted access to birth records more than 100 years old, marriage records more than 80 years old and death records more than 70 years old.
Researchers are able to enter their family data into a search program and sort through results online. All electronic information available for each record will be available for online viewing. This electronic information is not a complete copy of the record.
If consumers require more information for genealogical research, certified photocopies of the original registration record, which contain information exactly as recorded on the original document, can be ordered from Vital Statistics for $12 per record. Legal certificates are still restricted to the individual named on the record.
Information on marriage commissioners and marriage license issuers will be posted on the Web site, as well as copies of all application forms.
Other services provided by the Vital Statistics Agency are name changes, certified copies of vital event documents and commemorative birth and marriage certificates.
The Vital Statistics Agency registers all vital events (births, marriages, deaths, stillbirths and name changes) in Manitoba, and provides documents as proof of these events. Databases contain Manitoba records from 1882 to the present and some records dating back to 1813 are also available.
To access the genealogical database and other information about the Vital Statistics Agency, visit the government Web site at http://www.gov.mb.ca/cca/vital/.
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