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British Columbia Cemeteries

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Online Resources[edit | edit source]

The British Columbia Cemetery Finding Aid is an online pointer index to 344,000 names from over 264 cemeteries in British Columbia, Canada.

Canadian Headstones — index

Individual Cemeteries Online[edit | edit source]

Many community and civic cemeteries in British Columbia have their own online indexes including:

City of Vancouver, Mountain View Cemetery. For the Mountain View Cemetery burials list and the Vancouver Cemetery maps and location search, go to the City of Vancouver's former website.

Langley Cemetennial Museum cemetery index, burials 1874 to 2001.

City of Kamloops Municipal Cemeteries , for the city's active and historical cemeteries.

District of North Cowichan (Vancouver Island), Mountain View Cemetery, burials before 1983

For Victoria, BC cemeteries, see the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria website.

The Cemetery Committee of the British Columbia Genealogical Society has links to most British Columbia cemetery indexes and databases online.

Published Indexes and Records[edit | edit source]

Publications listing many more British Columbia cemetery monumental inscriptions and burials are available. Search the FamilySearch Catalog or see the British Columbia Genealogical Society's Cemetery Committee webpage or ask at your local library.

Many BC cemetery articles have appeared in The British Columbia Genealogist and in other British Columbia history magazines. Search PERSI, the Periodical Source Index, or see the British Columbia Periodicals page.

Several books have been written about individual or community cemeteries in British Columbia, including

Historic Guide to Ross Bay Cemetery Victoria B.C. by John Adams, Heritage Architectural Guides, Victoria, BC, 1983.

Royal Oak Burial Park: A History and Guide [Victoria, BC] by Dave Obee, Victoria, BC, 2008.

Not so Gentle Art of Burying The Dead. The Real Story of How Cemeteries Began [New Westminster] by Hellen C. Pullem, New Westminster, BC, 1985.

Frail Memorials: The Cemeteries of Langley by Wayne Sommer, Corporation of the Township of Langley, Langley, BC, 2005.

Additional Sources[edit | edit source]

For the history of funeral service, cemetery and related companies in British Columbia, see Funeral Service in British Columbia: A Century of Caring by Harald Gunderson, British Columbia Funeral Association, Victoria, BC, 1992.