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Ask a Genealogist: What birthplace is actually B.P. ?

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Question:

My family has been in Boston for many generations.  However one branch I believe is Canadian.  Can you tell me if the birthplace from an 1860 birth gives a clue?  A birth record I have located states a birthplace simply as "B.P." 

Answer:

Before July 1, 1867 (Canadian Independence Day), when Canada was recognized as the Dominion of Canada, I have seen the reference "B.P." used occasionally.  This abbreviation on the birth indicates the person was born in the British Provinces.  Sadly this does not indicate which province in Canada he/she was born.  If you need some further sugestions on how to determine this, feel free to contact us.
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