Death registrations from 1925-1971 are located using typed, searchable indexes.
Vital statistic indexes are yearly summaries of vital events that contain basic information such as name, location, year, and registration number. The indexes are used to locate registrations.
How to Locate a Death Registration
Death indexes are organized chronologically by year and then alphabetically by surname. The only information required to locate a registration are name, date, registration number, and location (fields 1, 2 and 3).
These indexes have optical character recognition (OCR), which means that they are keyword searchable.
|1. Date||M/Day||Month/Day of Event|
|2. Record Identity||YR||Year of Event|
|3. Place or Cross Reference||Place of event or information that may cross-reference the event|
|4. Sex of Deceased||F - Female|
|M - Male|
|6. Maiden Name||CI||Unknown|
|RY||Year Event was Registered|
|MDB||Month and day of birth of deceased|
|7. Initials||YB||Year of birth of deceased|
|PB||Place of birth of deceased|
|8. Birthplace||B#||Birth registration number for deceased|
Please note that you are searching the indexes for a registration number rather than the registration records themselves.
Death and stillbirth records often included information related to the form that would have assisted those completing the form to fill it out correctly. Please see this link for samples of what the form information looked like over the range of years that the Provincial Archives of Alberta can provide access to.
How to Request a Death Registration
Follow these steps to locate a registration number:
- Select the year range for the event you’re looking for.
- Press ctrl+f on PC or command+f on Mac to keyword search for the name of the person you’re looking for or scroll through the index in order to locate the person’s name and registration number.
- Request and pay for your Vital Statistics record by completing a Vital Statistics Request