This is an historical study of the long effort made by the provinces of Canada and the provincial government to bring about the accurate registration of births. At the beginning of colonization, birth records were accurately kept in parts of Canada by the Catholic clergy. Later the clergy gave a copy of their birth records to the civil authorities and laws were enacted from then on in some provinces requiring the registration of births. The author states that Canada is the only country in the world that has had a continuous series of birth records for three centuries. It has been a difficult matter, however, in parts of Canada to interest the people sufficiently in birth registration to insure complete records, and this book is an account of the many efforts that have been made by enactment, with the assistance of clergymen, physicians, nurses and others.
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