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British Columbia- Genealogy and Family History

A baker's dozen of currently essential British Columbia, Canada genealogical and family history links - along with some tips.
British Columbia Vital Events
Currently indexed and available to researchers are BC births 1854-1903, marriages(1872-1938, deaths 1872-1993, and also colonial marriages 1859-1872 and baptisms 1836-1888. Tip, to see copies of the original registrations for birth, marriage and death, check at both the BC Archives and FamilySearch.org
British Columbia Historical Newspapers
Listings and links to on-line British Columbia obituaries and obituary indexes, as well as to digitized on-line historical BC newspapers.
British Columbia Genweb
BC Genweb, indexes, facts, postcards, and more.
British Columbia City Directories 1860-1955 - Vancouver Public Library
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.
CanGenealogy.com - British Columbia Genealogy Sources - Dave Obee
British Columbia is the only province on the Pacific Ocean, and has a population of about four million people. It became a province in 1871. The province is made up of two former British colonies - British Columbia and Vancouver Island.
MemoryBC - The British Columbia Archival Information Network
The British Columbia Archival Information Network - MemoryBC.ca is a portal where you can access descriptions of archival materials preserved in repositories throughout the province.

Use the search box or browse options to get started and discover the rich and varied archival collections that tell the first-hand story of B.C.'s past.
CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS - BC ARCHIVES
Cartographic Records include maps, plans, architectural drawings, charts. The BC Archives has over 63,000 maps, atlases, and architectural drawings relating to the exploration, discovery, and development of the province of British Columbia.
Early BC maps - University of Victoria Libraries
Much of the history of the Province of British Columbia can be found in its early maps. The University of Victoria Libraries is proud to present a portal for digital early B.C. maps. These maps primarily span the dates 1846-1876 and show the development of the territory from the two founding colonies until after the Province joined confederation.
British Columbia Research Guides - Cloverdale Library, Surrey, BC
Check out Cloverdale Library's Family History publications and research guides. Cloverdale Library is one of the largest, Canadian family history collections in Canada.
BC Wills Indexes - Abbotsford Genealogical Society
Wills probated in BC from the 1860s to 1940 indexd (and available from AGS) and 2,620 wills registered in British Columbia 1864 to 1939 by non-residents (strays).