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 FOURTH   ANNUAL  EEPORT
OF THE
REGISTRAR OF BIRTHS, DEATHS, & MARRIAGES
FOR  THE PROVINCE OF
BRITISH   COLUMBIA.
1876.
VICTORIA : Printed by Richard Wolfendes, Government Printer,
at the Government Printing Office, James' Bay.
1877.  41 Vic. Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1876. 71
Registrar-G-eneral's Office,
1st June, 1877.
Io the Honourable Andrew Charles Elliott,
Attorney-General, gc, Sec.
Sir :
I have the honour to transmit herewith, for the information of His Excellency
the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, and the use of Parliament, my Fourth Annual
Report, under the provisions of the " Registration of Births, Deaths, and Marriages
Act, 1872."
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
H. B. W. AIRMAN,
Registrar- General.  41 Vic
Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1876.
73
Report.
To His Excellency the Honourable Albert Norton Richards, Lieutenant-Governor of the
Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Excellency:—
I have the honour to submit the Fourth Annual Report under the provisions of the
" Registration of Births, Deaths, and Marriages Act, 1872," the period covered by the
report being the year ended 31st December, 1876.
The returns show the registration of 236 births, against 181 for the year 1875 ; of
130 deaths, against 113 for 1875; and of 141 marriages against 96 for 1875—making an
aggregate total of 507 registrations for the year 1876, and being an increase of 117
registrations over the preceding year.
Births.
The following table is a summary of the births registered during the twelve months
ended 31st December, 1876:—
Districts.
Males.
Females.
No. where both
name and sex
are omitted.
Total.
No.   1.    Victoria, &c	
80
21
15
3
2
1
2
1
59
24
16
4
3
2
2
"i
139
45
No.   4.    Yale, &c	
No.   5.    Clinton, &c	
31
7
5
No.   6.    Lillooet, &c	
No.   7.    Cariboo, &c	
3
4
1
1
No. 10.    Cassiar,  &c	
125
in
...
236
Wo have here an increase, in the number of births registered, of 55.
Of the 236 children registered, 125 were males, and 111 females,   Tho birth of
three pairs of twins was reported. 74
Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1876.
1877
The following table will show the increase or decrease (as the case may be) in tho
different districts between the number of births registered in the years ended 31st
December, 1875, and 31st December, 1876 :—
Districts.
Number
Registered in
1875.
Number
Registered in
1876.
Increase.
Decrease.
108
36
14
6
3
2
9
3
139
45
31
7
5
3
4
1
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31
9
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No.   4.    Yale, &c	
No.   5.    Clinton, &c	
No.   6,    Lillooet, &c	
No.   7.    Cariboo, &c	
5
2
181
236
62
7
7
55
Marriages.
The following table is a summary of marriages registered during the twelve months
ended 31st December, 1876 :—
No. 1.
No. 2.
No. 3.
No. 4.
No. 5.
No. 6.
No. 7.
No. 8.
No. 9.
No, 10.
Districts.
Victoria, etc	
Nanaimo, etc, ,
New Westminster, etc.
Yale, etc	
Clinton,  etc „
Lillooet, etc	
Cariboo, etc	
Omineca, etc	
Kootenay, etc	
Cassiar, etc ,	
Totals,
Where Bride and Bridegroom
are of the same Religious
Denomination.
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We have here an increase, in the number of marriages registered, of 45.
Of the total number of marriages, 125 were by licence and 15 by banns, and in one
report the mode was not mentioned.
The age of the eldest bride was returned at 55 years, and the youngest at 15 years, 41 Vic.
Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1876.
75
The ago of the eldest bridegroom was returned at 52 years, and the youngest at 20
years.
The following table will show the increase or decrease (as the case may be) in the
different districts, between the number of marriages registered in tho years ended 31st
December, 1875, and 31st December, 1876 : —
Districts.
Number
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96
141
46
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Deaths.
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130 76
Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1876.
1877
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83
The following table will show the increase or decrease (as the case may be) in the
different districts, between the number of deaths registered during the twelve months
ended 31st December, 1875, and 31st December, 1876 :—
Districts.
Number
Registered in
1875.
Number
Registered in
1876.
Increase.
Decrease.
79
16
10
1
2
4
1
79
19
9
5
2
2
1
2
11
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2
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113
130
22
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Abstract of Causes op Death.
Class
I. Zymotic  22
II. Diseases, uncertain seat  5
III. Tubercular   12
IV. Braiu and Nervous System  21
V.  Organs of Circulation  18
VI.  Respiratory Organs  14
VII.  Organs of Digestion  9
VIII. Urinary  Organs  1
IX. Organs of Generation  3
X. Organs of Locomotion ,  0
XI. Skin Disease  0
XII. Malformation  0
XIII. Atrophy  3
XIV. Old Age  1
XV. Sudden Death  0
XVI. Violent Death  12
Not specified  9
Total , 130 41 Vic. Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1876. 77
Abstract op Causes op Death.—Continued.
I.
Smallpox  2
Diptheria ,  5
Croup ,  4
Whooping Cough , ,  1
Cholera Infantum  4
Puerperal Feace ,  3
Typhoid Fever  3
— 22
II.
Dropsy ,     2
Cancer ,     2
Septicaemia     1
— 5
III.
Phthisis   12
— 12
IV.
Paralysis ,     1
Brain Disease     9
Epilepsy     4
Convulsions  ,     3
Miningitis      4
— 21
V.
Anuerism     1
Heart Disease   16
Rupture of Bloodvessel     1
— 18
VI.
Pneumonia ,     6
Bronchitis     1
Lung Disease ,     7
— 14
VII.
Liver Disease, , ■ , ■    2
Exhaustion     2
Inflammation  , >      1
Mai Assimilation     4
— 9
VIII.
Bright's Disease of Kidneys     1
IX.
Childbirth ,     2
Inflammation      1
— 3
X.—Nil.
XL—Nil.
XII.—Nil.
XIII.
General Debility    3
Carried forward •• ,„..,.„ ■ ■■• 108 78
Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1876.
1877
Abstract op Causes op Death.—Concluded.
Brought forward,.,,
XIY.
Old Age.,
108
—     1
xv.—ma.
XVI.
Suicide (by poison)     2
Do.    (by drowning) ,..     1
— 3
Accidents:
Drowning     7
Burning ,      1
Fracture and Coutusion ,       l
— 9
Not specified     9
— 9
Total ,         130
The returns for this year, as exhibited by the foregoing tables, show a marked
improvement over those of any preceding year, but notwithstanding this fact tho results
obtained up to tho 31st day of December, 1876, although valuable in some respects, are
not of that satisfactory character which the importance of the Act demands. In
forming an opinion of the importance of the Act to the general public, the objects for
which it was passed must be carefully borne in mind; these objects, it will be remembered, are two, widely distinct in character; first, the recording and transmission of
evidence; secondly, the collection of vital statistics. Its importance, therefore, depends
upon the present and prospective value of the results obtained under these two headings. With respect to the first, although certified extracts from the registers have
been sent to almost every part of Europe, as well as to the American Continent, their
real value can not yet be justly estimated, as it remains for the next and succeeding
generations to reap the benefit of the work performed. A fair idea, however, of their
ultimate value as regards the proof of marriages and births may be formed from the
registrations effected up to the date before mentioned, and which are shown in the
aggregate by the following table :—,
. TABLE showing the aggregate results from the commencement of tho Act to the 31st
December, 1876.
Years.
Births.
Deaths.
Marriages.
Totals.
1872, (4 months) ...
1873 	
50
164
174
181
236
37
112
83
113
130
15
88
78
96
141
102
364
335
1875 	
390
507
805
475
418
1,698 41 Vic. Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1876. 79
Under the  second  heading the  result  of the  past four years'  work, although
encouraging, indicates that the Act has partially failed in securing complete statistical
returns; not, however, from any material defect in the Act itself, but because full scope
to its provisions has not been given.    On this subject I stated in my second report
that:—"Some of the obstacles which stand in the way of obtaining complete returns
1 were pointed out in my first report, and since then an additional year's experience has
' more fully convinced me that, before really satisfactory results can be obtained, these
' obstacles, so far as their nature will permit, must be overcome;   and I have no   doubt
' that it may be accomplished in a great measure and at a small cost by providing the
'public with more numerous facilities for effecting registration than at present exist.   The
' means of affording such facilities were also pointed out in my previous report, and I
' beg to reiterate the suggestion therein contained with respect to Section 18 of the
'Act, viz.:—' that under this section, and so soon, as conveniently may be, one or more
'' Collectors of Eeports should be appointed for each of the polling divisions of which
'' the districts on the Mainland are composed, and in Yancouver Island a Collector
'' should also be appointed for each of the districts, as defined upon the official maps of
' the Lands and Works Department.    The Collector's duties (as then stated) would,
' of course, be limited to receiving reports, filling up forms supplied by the Depart-
'ment, attesting the signatures of informants, and forwarding the forms in a complete
' state to the District Registrars,    The extra expense would be very trifling, as addi-
' tional books would not be required, and would consist chiefly of postage and, perhaps,
' a small fee on each report, payable by tho Government to the Collector.' "
Had my suggestions been carried into effect by the Government, or had Begistra-
tion Districts sufficient to meet tho public convenience been originally declared under
section one, the statistical value of the results obtained would have been greatly
increased. The necessity for granting such, extended facilities still remains, and until
they are granted it is needless to expect that reliable statistical returns will be made.
The cost of rendering the Act entirely successful would be so small, not exceeding say
$200 annually, that I would be omitting a public duty were I not again to urge upon the
Government the expediency of adopting my suggestions, or of devising some other
means of attaining the same end.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
I have the honour to be,
Your Excellency's most obedient servant,
H. B. W. AIKMAN,
Registrar- General.
Registrar-General's Office,
Victoria, 1st June, 1877. 

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