International Institute for Vital Registration and Statistics
Although incanplete registration of births and deaths is generally found today only in the systens of developing countries, this deficiency of the civil registration system was fairly common among the industrialized nations in the not too distant past. Professor Emery has carefully examined the completeness of birth registration in the Province of Ontario, Canada for the period 1900-1960, making excellent use of the available information on delayed registrations. As he points out that although "the research findings for Ontario cannot be generalized...the documentary source and methodology are pertinent to any jurisdiction whose vital events are documented primarily through civil registration."
This article appeared originally in HISTORICAL METHODS, Volume 23,Number 1, Winter 1990. Reprinted with permission of the Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation. Published by Heldref Publications, 4000 Albemarle St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016. Copyright (c) 1990.
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