Useful links that will take you to several Canadian and international websites as well as links to other British Columbia family history websites. The links are given in response to Society members’ interests and do not represent any endorsement by our Society.
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Canadian Genealogy Resources
Library and Archives Canada – a listing of Canadian resources, including genealogy and family history.
Library and Archives Canada Census records –a listing of all census records for Canada.
Can Genealogy – Dave Obee’s webpage with his recommended links for genealogy research in Canada.
Canada Genweb Project – a gateway to free Canadian genealogy records
Canadian Automated Genealogy – Indices to the 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911 censuses as well as links to other miscellaneous Canadian records.
Mary’s Genealogy Treasurers – Links to over 22,400 Canadian genealogy record sets.
Canadian Genealogy and History Links – Links to genealogy resources by both province and category.
Cyndi’s List for Canada – a comprehensive listing of links for Canadian genealogy resources.
That’s My Family – A free search tool links to genealogy and family history databases hosted by Canadian federal, provincial or territorial archive centers and libraries.
Quebec Passenger Lists – Nanaimo Family History Society transcription of all arrivals at Quebec ports between 1904 and 1910.
Family Search – A listing of free sets of Canadian records that you can search, including church records, census records, land records, probate records and judicial records.
Surrey Public Library (Cloverdale branch) – A very comprehensive genealogy collection.
British Columbia Genealogy Resources
Canadian Genealogy and History British Columbia Links – a comprehensive collection of British Columbia history links, including archives, libraries, museums and much more.
British Columbia Historical Newspapers – a collection of historical British Columbia. community newspapers published from 1865 to 1989 compiled by the University of British Columbia.
Vancouver Public Library – Digitized city directories from 1860 up to 1915. The directories contain detailed historical information about British Columbia communities, particularly about Vancouver and Victoria. They contain not only street and name listings for individuals and businesses, but populations, government listings, operating newspapers, schools and libraries from across the province.
Vancouver Island History – a teaching, learning and research tool, principally concerned with the history of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, but also a vehicle for exploring broader themes in Canadian history during the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. Their searchable database comprises over 150,000 records, including nominal census records from 1871 to 1911. Complimentary records include directories, tax assessment rolls and maps of the cities of Nanaimo and Victoria.
Western Land Grants, 1870-1930 – This specialty database relates exclusively to Letters Patent issued by the Lands Patent Branch or the Department of the Interior. The records cover the prairie provinces and the railway belt of British Columbia for the years indicated. They contain only the name of the grantee, the description of the land and the date granted. Homestead applications and files which contain more detailed personal information are held at the BC Provincial Archives.
British Columbia City Directories 1860-1955 – Vancouver Public Library’s collection of digitized British Columbia city directories dates from 1860 up to and including 1955. The directories contain detailed historical information about British Columbian communities, including street and name listings of individuals and businesses in Vancouver and Victoria; population figures; government listings; operating newspapers; and schools and libraries from communities across the province. Updated regularly, they document the growth, development and progress of British Columbia over the years.
British Columbia Genealogy Societies
United Kingdom and Ireland
Records at FamilySearch.org:
- Free Births, Marriages and Deaths – Great Britain and Ireland
- Family Search Wiki -Good reference source for most places in the world
- Free Census Records – England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
- Free Military Records – England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
- Free Probate and Court Records (includes land records) – England, Ireland and Wales
- Other Free Records – Electoral records, school records and a growing list of miscellaneous records
GenGuide – Information and useful links on research sources and where to find them.
Genuki – Major portal site for the British Isles.
Census Finder – Links to free census indexes in various countries
Rootsweb – a site for mailing lists, surname lists and much more.