British Columbia Compiled Genealogies

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Online Records[edit | edit source]

Collecting Previous Research by Others Part Two: Online Family Tree Collections[edit | edit source]

For step-by-step instructions on searching several important compiled genealogy websites, see Collecting Previous Research by Others Part Two: Online Family Tree Collections.

Digitized Books[edit | edit source]

  • Local histories frequently include biographical sketches of early and prominent settlers. Many histories are no longer under copyright and can be found in the following online, digitized book collections. Search with keywords "History" and "the name of your locality" (state, county, or town).

FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

  • Surname or Keyword Search FamilySearch Catalog Family genealogies can be found listed by using the "Surname" search. For extremely common surnames, narrow down your search by using the surname and the location where the family lived in the "Keyword" search.

Library Collections[edit | edit source]

Many British Columbia archives and museums have collections which include personal and family papers and photographs.

The British Columbia Archives. Search the online catalogue for personal and family names.

675 Belleville Street,
Victoria, BC V8W 9W2

BC Archives telephone: 250-387-1952

The Cloverdale Branch, Surrey Public Library, Surrey, BC has a collection of British Columbia genealogy and history books.

5642 - 176A Street
Surrey, BC V3S 4G9

Telephone: 604-598-7328


The British Columbia Genealogical Society's Walter Draycott Library's collections include some family papers and many British Columbia biographies, histories and family histories. See the Library catalogues on the British Columbia Genealogical Society's website. Many of the BC publications have been name indexed. Contact the Library for more information.

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library
211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC
Call to check hours before visiting.

Telephone or fax: 604 502-9119


MemoryBC, British Columbia's Archival Information Network has searchable descriptions of many archival collections from around British Columbia.

Provincial Digital Library (PDL) includes searchable digitized content from a number of British Columbia archives (Campbell River Museum & Archives, Salt Spring Island Archives, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Vancouver Public Library, West Vancouver Memorial Library).

Guides to British Columbia Research[edit | edit source]

A recent published guide to Canadian genealogy research includes a chapter on British Columbia.

An index to many published biographies, census records (1881–1891), directories to 1913, genealogies, local histories, and vital records in newspapers for British Columbia is:


Writing and Sharing Your Family History[edit | edit source]

Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:

  • It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
  • It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
  • It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
  • It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
  • The British Columbia Genealogical Society has an annual Family History Book Award to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia, Canada. Books chosen must be written by a British Columbia author or relate to British Columbia family history.
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