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Archives - Libraries - Museums
Church Archives Network in British Columbia. Descriptions of the Holdings
at Anglican Church Archives in British Columbia
of British Columbia The AABC provides information on the many programs
and services offered to archivists and archives in British Columbia.
Archives Browse the overview of textual records, and the finding aid
databases, or search the catalogue which includes indexes birth, marriage
and death registrations.
BC Museums Association
This page is the index to all of the museums, art galleries, historic sites,
cultural and science centres in BC known to the BCMA.
Statistics - Genealogy The Vital Statistics Agency has records of birth,
marriage, and death occurring in British Columbia since 1872.
Columbia Archival Union List A database of fonds and collection level
descriptions of records held at 156 publicly-accessible archival repositories
in the province. Searchable.
Campbell River Museum
and Archives Contact Information
of Richmond Archives Search the archives holdings, browse other research
tools, visit the virtual exhibit.
Genealogy - The Vancouver Public Library has created this site
and has the following to introduce it. "The genealogical research culture
in Canada tends to be strongly oriented towards those of British Isles
and European ancestry, so this site represents a modest effort to provide
"Because B.C. was the destination of a vast majority of Chinese immigrants
to Canada for many decades, I believe this link is particularly appropriate
for B.C. Genweb."
--- per. Janet Tomkins, Genealogy librarian.
of Vancouver Archives Holdings include City of Vancouver government
records, records of non-government organizations, businesses and individuals,
historic photographs, maps, etc. Search the entire database.
of Victoria Archives Responsible for acquiring, preserving and making
accessible archival material in the form of civic and private records documenting
the history of Victoria. The following searchable links are available 1.
Obituaries From the Victoria Daily Times Newspaper, 1901-1939; 2. Marriage
Notices From the Victoria Daily Times Newspaper, 1835-1953 (predominantly
1901-1939) and 3. Ross Bay Cemetery Burial Records, 1872-1980
District Museum The Courtenay Museum is dedicated to diverse historical
subjects ranging from arts, artifacts and legends of the Comox Indian Band
to pioneer industries and lifestyles on Vancouver Island.
Collection, University of British Columbia The collection includes
printed and manuscript material relating to Doukhobor life in Canada and
the Soviet Union.
Municipal Archives Local government records, graphic records, manuscripts
and library collections.
to Archival Repositories in British Columbia Entries for 173 archives
in the province and includes the name and location of each repository,
contact information, and a brief description of the extent, nature and
scope of holdings at each institution.
Company Archives (at U. of Manitoba) The Hudson Bay Company entrusted
its ancient archives to the University of Manitoba.
Hudson Bay Company Archives
(of the on-going Hudson Bay Company which has a section describing its
Museum Displays of objects that express Haisla arts and technology,
turn-of-the-century settlement in the Kitimat Valley, and the creation
of the town of Kitimat in the 1950's.
Langley Centennial Museum
has many searchable databases on-line; two are of particular interest to
genealogists. First, Langley's
Cemeteries (listed under 'Heritage') for Fort Langley, Langley Lawn
and Murrayville' and secondly, Historical
Photographs (listed under 'Collections').
of British Columbia Find books and government documents in our collection,
as well as citations to recent British Columbia newspaper and periodical
Catholic Church History and Genealogy Canada
School Museum First opened in 1872 as a schoolhouse with 10 students.
Re-opened 100 years later as a museum.
Westminster Public Library - Genealogy and local history Genealogy
and local history resources at the New Westminster Public Library.
Artifacts Society A Volunteer Society devoted to the collection and
preservation of memorabilia from their pioneer past.
Pioneers' Society Museum and Archives
Museum and Heritage Association The R.J. Haney Heritage Park, operated
by the Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association, is situated on 40 acres
of meadows, woodlands, and stream.
Island Historical Society Archives A large collection of local family
photos and other information.
Simon Fraser University
Archives Information on the university archives, and freedom of information
and protection of privacy.
Public Library Online guide to this library's extensive collection
of Canadian genealogical materials. Includes detailed information on current
book and microform holdings.
Collections and Archives University of British Columbia Archival Holdings,
Records Management, and listings of many other archival resources on the
University of Northern
British Columbia Library Searchable Web Interface to the Online Catalogue.
of Victoria Archives Archives Collections Policy, Recent acquisitions,
Victoria College student life, 1903-1963, Records Management Program, Records
Management News and Guidelines for Record-Keeping.
UVic Library Gateway
Search the Online Catalogue of the McPherson Library and Curriculum Lab.
Public Library, Central Branch, Special Collections Northwest History
Collections, Vancouver Building Register, Historical Photographs, Indexes
and Finding Aids.
Island Regional Library The library system serves communities on Vancouver
Island (excluding Greater Victoria), the Queen Charlotte Islands and the
Central Mainland Coast through it's 38 branches.
White Rock Museum
and Archives. Limited opening by appointment. Call (604) 541-2222.
Bible Records a place to post BC family information in family bibles.
Cemetery - Obituary
Cemetery Headboard and Tombstone Inscriptions, listed alphabetically.
Funeral Record Database online searchable database at the New Westminster
Cemetery Finding Aid Search online or download this database of over
340,000 interments in BC Cemeteries.
Columbia Municipal Cemetery Network The BCMCN is a group
of municipal cemeteries providing a range of cemetery services to many
communities throughout the province. Many of these cemeteries have been
in operation for more than 100 years and continue to serve the community's
present memorialization needs. They also continue to care for these special
places that hold the remains of many of the founders, builders and early
citizens of this province.
All cemeteries listed on this site are owned
and operated by a local government body (city, district, town, etc.) that
is responsible for the care and operation of the cemeteries. All revenues
from the fees for service remain in the community and are used to offset
the costs of operating the cemetery or for cemetery improvements.
The services offered by each cemetery vary
and you are encouraged to explore them all.
View Cemetery, the City of Vancouver. An alphabetical listing of burials
at the cemetery.
Cemetery, in Langley - - Also contains links to several other cemeteries
in B.C. Go to the bottom of the first web page of this site
to find the links.
Vancouver City MUNICIPAL Cemetery Click the "Map" drop down list, then
click on "Cemetery". Search criteria is on the left of the screen.
Old Cemeteries Society
A non-profit society to encourage the research, preservation and appreciation
of 20 heritage cemeteries in Victoria, BC. Web site contains information
on symbols used on stones, a sample database of Ross Bay Cemetery, and
tips for recording cemeteries.
George Cemetery The City of Prince George maintains this
site and cemetery
for Funeral Homes This search, provided by BC
Vital Statistics, allows you to search for the name, city, address
and phone number of Funeral Homes in BC.
Census Project Details and results of a Parliamentary discussion
leading to the release of Post-1901 Census information which had formerly
been declared 'unavailable' or 'unreleaseable' due to 'privacy concerns'
voiced by a former Federal Privacy Commissioner and a probable desire by
Statistics Canada to keep the data available only for their statistics
research and its data sales revenues. The impetus of this initiative
was provided primarily by Canadian genealogists with much encouragement
by genealogists from other countries and a few brave Canadian Parlimentarians
Post-1901 Census Project - PETITIONS
Post-1901 Census Project - MP
Post-1901 Census Project - en
Interior Census Data Data from various census databases including Yale
District 1881 and 1891, Indian Reserve Commission Census 1877 and OMI Census
Census of Vancouver Island Searchable, online database for the 1881
census of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, presented
by Malaspina University-College, Vancouver Island.
Census of Vancouver Island Searchable, online database for the 1891
census of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, presented
by Malaspina University-College, Vancouver Island.
Census for BC, District K4, listed as North Nanaimo. Covers the current
day area of Mid Vancouver Island, that is now known as Nanoose, Parksville,
French Creek, Qualicum, Qualicum Bay, Errington, Coombs, and Hilliers.
A total of 150 persons.
Census of Vancouver Island, Sub District B; Polling Sub-Div #1:
Union Bay, Courtenay, Denman and Hornby Islands, Comox, Cumberland Town,
Union Village and Sayward.
Census Central Vancouver Island It includes Nanaimo, Nanoose, Parksville,
Union Bay, Richmond, Comox, Cumberland Town, Union Village and Sayward.
Census of Victoria and Area It includes Victoria and area including
Port Renfrew, Sooke, Metchosin, Colwood, Langford, Oak Bay, Saanichton,
Sidney and the southern Gulf Islands.
Census of British Columbia A 5% sample of the British Columbia portions
of the 1901 Census of Canada derived from a database created by the Canadian
Families Project. The sample contains nominal census records for 8,092
individuals. Presented by Malaspina University-College.
Directory of Victoria
Directory of Victoria - Malaspina University-College
searchable database of Vancouver Island Business Directories. This section
provides listings for Nanaimo (1882 and 1892) and Victoria (1882).
1887 The British
Columbia directory : containing a general directory of business men
and householders in the principal cities and every important district,
with provincial and dominion officials, and general information about the
Census Directories - A collection (for a fee, I suspect) of all British
Columbia Census known records (for a fee, I suspect)
Asian Indian Immigration to the Pacific Coast East Indian immigration
to Vancouver. Historical photographs and a bibliography.
Voyageur Route Tracing the route of North West Company fur trade explorer
Oblates of Mary Immaculate Census Head of the Lake, Okanagan Mission
Indian Reserve Commission Census Spuzzum, Boothroyd Group, Nicomen,
Dead Man's Creek, Spallumcheen, Boston Bar, Kanaka Flats, Cook's Ferry,
Kamloops, Head of Okanagan Lake, Skah-zeeze Falls, Siska Flats, Oregon
Jacks, South Thompson, Penticton, Skwok-kum, Skup-pah, Cornwall, Little
Shuswap Lake, Anse de Sable-Mission, Ka-pa-cheets-in, Lytton, North Thompson-Canoe,
Adams Lake '& Osoyoos
Nation Information Project British Columbia First Nation Directory
First Peoples' Cultural
Foundation The focus of the First Peoples' Cultural Foundation is to
preserve and enhance the language, culture and heritage of aboriginal people
to the Study of a Totem Pole In 1958 the People of Kitwancool permitted
anthropologists to collect and preserve several totem poles with the agreement
that their histories, stories, and traditions would be published.
GenWeb Project for information on other provinces.
GenWeb A regional page of the BC GenWeb Project.
Country A regional page of BC GenWeb.
GenWeb A regional page of the BC GenWeb Project.
A regional page of the BC GenWeb project.
GenWeb A regional site of BC GenWeb.
BC (Vancouver Coast) GenWeb A regional page of the BC GenWeb Project.
Island GenWeb A regional page of the BC GenWeb Project.
Geography and Maps
Columbia Geographical Names Information System Searchable database
of BC place names. Results include display of digital maps.
Columbia Map, 1900 Map of Manitoba Saskatchewan, Alberta and British
Columbia: Canadian National Railways.
British Columbia Surveying History A pictorial history of field surveying
in British Columbia covering the last 100 years.
provides mapping information for most addresses in British Columbia.
British Columbia, Downtown Property Map Developed for Colliers International,
a global real estate services firm, this map shows all properties in the
downtown core of Victoria, and includes streets and street names, cadastral
lines, building footprints, the number of floors in a building, landmarks,
and property type.
gateway to information about the history of Vancouver Island. There are
several old maps of Victoria, Vancouver Island and Nanaimo.
Online The Cariboo Sentinel Newspaper provides information about the
Gold Rush and the early development of British Columbia.
Your online guide to BC Heritage historic sites and services and an introduction
to the programs of the British Columbia Heritage Trust. A BC Government
BC Studies - The
British Columbian Quarterly Dedicated to the exploration of British
Columbia's cultural, economic, and political life, past and present.
for the Study of the Pacific Northwest This site makes accessible some
of the University's myriad resources in regional history. Includes the
Pacific Northwest Quarterly which is a journal devoted to the history and
culture of the northwestern United States, Alaska, and western Canada.
Website - an internet source connecting researchers of Doukhobor genealogy.
Dedicated to the reclamation, discovery, collection, preservation and free
sharing of information related to Doukhobor family history.
Canadiana Online (ECO) is a full text online collection of more than
3,000 books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European
contact to the late 19th century. There are many BC references.
History of British Columbia, 1871-1986 from Elections BC
Carr Includes family information from the BC archives.
Steele Heritage Town Come to Fort Steele Heritage Town and be transported
back in time to a mining boom town in the 1890s. Information on Archives
& Library Holdings.
of Georgia Cannery A pictoral history of this cannery which was constructed
in 1894. Over the years it was used as a cannery, reduction plant, and
net loft. As you step inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, the flavour of
the West Coast fishing industry surrounds you.
of Esquimalt Origin of the Name, Historical Outline, Reeves and Mayors
of the Township of Esquimalt.
of Fort Langley Brief history of Fort Langley and the Hudson's Bay
Bay Company at Fort Victoria This site is meant to give you an understanding
of a few of the people who make up Victoria's past. The Fort was built
in 1843 as a Hudson Bay Company outpost. It was the first non-native settlement
Know BC BC facts,
people and places. BC lore and a BC quiz. Information on the Encyclopedia
of British Columbia.
Thompson/Okanagan - Past Present and Future A Royal British Columbia
Museum and Okanagan University College project featuring the human and
natural history of this region. Includes articles, historic photographs,
census databases, HBC Post Journals and maps.
to the Coal Miners of Michel, Natal & Sparwood, BC Working in the
mines was quite dangerous with men losing their lives in almost every year
for the first half of the century. As you can see from the list, the majority
of the fatalities occurred in the years up to 1970.
Metchosin A History of St Mary's Church, and information on Metchosin
History and Pioneers. The Metchosin Pioneers section features biographies
on different pioneer families.
Homeroom A gateway to resources and information relating to the history
of schools and the development of education systems in British Columbia.
gateway to information about the history of Vancouver Island. Includes:
City of Victoria Municipal Elections Regulations By-Law, 1873, City of
Victoria Wards By-Law, 1890, A By-Law for the Extension of Corporation
Limits, 1890, Victoria City Act, 1892 and City of Victoria Wards By-Law,
William Robinson? A rich social history of the Blacks, Aboriginal People,
Kanakas (Hawaiians) and Whites of many national backgrounds who settled
Salt Spring Island. Their stories tell us much about the settlement of
British Columbia, Canada.
Columbia History Page A comprehensive list of links to everything associated
with BC History.
Genealogy and History Links A comprehensive listing of WWW sites of
interest to those conducting research in Canada.
Cyndi's List of
Genealogy Sites on the Internet Links to Genealogy resources worldwide.
of British Columbia West Coast Lighthouses, Collections, and the Vintage
Vessel Registry displaying wooden boats of a bygone era.
Museum A list of exhibits displayed at this museum which is the Greater
Vancouver region's link to maritime history, art, culture and technology.
Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum Located in Naden on Canadian
Forces Base Esquimalt the museum's exhibits focus on the Canadian Women's
Army Corps, the Royal Canadian Navy on the West Coast and the West Coast
Columbia Obituaries WorldWide Obituary Locator and Newspaper Directory
Doherty's Newspaper Museum The first newspapers on Canada's West Coast
Victoria, British Columbia: 1856-1863
Organizations and Societies
Genealogical Society This organization is committed to collecting &
publishing of materials of use to the Family History Researcher and promoting
effective techniques in instructing genealogical & historical research.
Information on meetings, publications, and the library.
Folklore Society Bringing together and preserving the traditions of
British Columbia. Information, newsletter, and links to other Folklore
Genealogical Society Overview, Membership, Meetings, Resource Centre,
Contact Information, Members Query Page, Microfiche Holdings and Hot Links.
Historical Federation The federation provides a forum to publicize
successes of regional historical societies. Includes information on British
Columbia Historical News is a quarterly journal of the BCHF.
River Genealogy Club Information on Meetings, Library, Newsletters
and Publications. The 1901 Census for Comox District, and surname index
of the club's obituary clipping file.
Historical Society The District 69 Historical Society collection area
includes: Parksville, Nanoose, Errington, Coombs, Hilliers, French Creek.
Includes Census, Obituary and Marriage listings.
of British Columbia An umbrella organization representing member groups
who are involved with heritage projects and issues. Our interest in heritage
ranges from restoration of the built environment to the preservation of
Society Membership information, A Short Guide to Heritage Conservation
in Vancouver, and the societies newsletters.
Genealogical Institute of British Columbia Founded in 1992 to bring
together people interested in pursuing their Jewish family history.
Kamloops Family History
Society Information about this society and its publications.
& District Genealogical Society Publications, Members Pages, Information
on their newsletter and Queries services.
History Society Dedicated to the preservation and sharing of genealogical
information, from the Kitimat area as well from around the world.
Historical Society of BC Information about this organization, family
histories, newsletters and links to other historical societies.
History Society Information on this societies meetings, newsletter
Valley Museum Archives Association Information on this societies publications.
George Genealogical Society Meetings and Membership, Resources and
Services, Cemetery Records, Surname Interests and Links
and Cultural Society of British Columbia Information about this society
and their Newsletter.
Okanagan Genealogical Society Covers Penticton, Summerland, Kaleden,
Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Oliver & Osoyoos
Society Calendar of events, Monthly Meetings, Vancouver Bibliography,
Newsletter and Related Sites.
and District Family History Society Meetings and Membership, Publications,
Resources and Services, Cemetery Records, Surname Interests and Links.
Society Information about this societies library, newsletter, query
Heritage Foundation The Victoria Heritage Foundation (VHF) is a volunteer
organization which administers the preservation of its heritage properties
on the City's behalf.
Ships In 1862 BC had a mostly male population. Arrangements were made
to send potential brides from the UK.
Irvine's Home Page The Irvine Family Genealogical Group. Irvines in
Victoria, BC since 1851.
WWW Pages Descendants of Johan Oscar Roos and Nanni Kangas in BC.
Family of B.C.
Family Tree Home Page Jesperson, Mikkelsen (Michelsen), Unsworth, Carrington,
Price, Bate, Jones.
of the BATE family and KIAR Family Mark Bate Sr. was the first Mayor
of Nanaimo, British Columbia. He was born in England and emigrated with
Elizabeth Bate in January of 1857.
Family of Salt Spring Island William & Caroline Hamilton and 4
children immigrated to Canada from the Port of Liverpool in 1891. In 1897,
the Hamilton family, now with 8 children, moved to Salt Spring Island,
just off the BC coast.
Family Home Page The McCormick family from Mayo, Ireland which settled
in Vancouver in the late 1800's.
Homepage Researching Hendy, Rowley, Beaumont, and Craigie. Includes
an online Gedcom.
Northwest Twig of the PEPPAN Family Tree The descendants of Louis Seymour
Peppan, aka Simeon Peppin aka Simeon Pepin, and his wife, Emma Sarah Peppan
nee Houston. Includes link to Chief Dan George.
Studies Dedicated to the exploration of British Columbia's cultural,
economic, and political life, past and present. Each issue offers articles
on a wide range of topics, in-depth reviews of current books, and a bibliography
of recent publications.
The Series User-friendly books of walks around historic Ladner British
Columbia explore the town's heritage based on farming, fishing, salmon
canneries, ship-building, the railroad and the sawmill. Monthly site updates
promote local heritage activities.
Ltd. Books about British Columbia. Includes illustrated histories and
Genealogical Resources for British Columbians ISBN 0-7726-3390-8
- this book is available from The Victoria
Genealogical Society. Price $10.00. Mailing and handling $3.00 in Canada
and $5.00 elsewhere. This 124 page guide provides contact information,
including e-mail and website addresses, for a large number of BC organizations
holding records of interest to genealogists. Note the prices are Canadian
dollars - $10 CDN = about $6.75 US.
Employees in British Columbia in 1884 CPR Employees in 1884. Extracted
from the Sessional Papers of the Gov. of Canada.
Young Historical Research Specializes in the history of the province
of British Columbia.
Mann Cybrarian is named after a Scottish grandfather & the 21st C.
acronym for librarian. Business specializes in ancestry research for pre-20th
C. Scotland and the Cumberland, Courtenay, Royston area of Vancouver Island,
The Victoria Genealogical Society has a service that provides copies
of the BC birth, marriage or death registrations and also handles general
research queries for BC. Details can be found at the Victoria
Genealogical Society website under 'Queries'.
of Swiss Surnames - Bulkley Valley BC A list of surnames brought to
the Bulkley Valley of west central British Columbia by Swiss settlers.
The Bulkley Valley includes the communities of Smithers, Houston and Telkwa.