British Columbia Archives and Libraries
The following archives and libraries of British Columbia may be useful:
British Columbia Archives
675 Belleville Street
The archives building is located at:
655 Belleville Street
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
City of Vancouver Archives
1150 Chestnut Street
Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9
Internet: City of Vancouver Archives
City of Victoria Archives
#8 Centennial Square
#1 Centennial Square
Victoria, B.C. V8W 1P6
Internet: City of Victoria Archives
Cloverdale Public Library
5642–176 A Street
Surrey, BC V3S 4G9
Internet Link: Surrey Libraries
Family History Library
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150–3400
Internet: FamilySearch Website
Greater Victoria Public Library
794 Yates Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1L4
Internet: Greater Victoria Public Library
Headquarters of Court Services Branch
Ministry of Attorney General
6th Floor, 850 Burdette Avenue
Victoria, BC V8W 1B4
Fax: 250–356–8152 or 250–356–9758
Internet: Court Services Branch
New Westminster Public Library
716 Sixth Avenue
New Westminster, BC V3M 2B3
Internet: New Westminster Website
University of British Columbia
1958 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Internet: British Columbia Library
Vancouver Public Library
350 W. Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
Telephone: 604–331–3740 (newspapers, magazines)
Telephone: 604–331–3710 (history, government, genealogy)
Internet: Vancouver Public Library Website
Simon Fraser University
W.A.C. Bennett Library
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Internet: Simon Fraser University Website
British Columbia Online Collections
Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards
Computers with modems can be useful tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial on-line services help family history researchers:
- Locate other researchers.
- Post queries.
- Send and receive E-mail.
- Search large databases.
- Search computer libraries.
- Join in computer chat and lecture sessions.
You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from British Columbia in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.
Addresses on the Internet change frequently. As of September 1997, the following sites are important gateways linking you to many more network and bulletin board sites:
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county and province.
Canadian Genealogy Resources
Lists county, provincial, and national sources; personal pages; and publications.
- Roots-L: Roots L Resources Canada Website
A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.
RootWeb E-Mail Lists and Message Boards
- British Columbia RootsWeb E-mail list: Roots Website E-mail list
- For more e-mail lists and message boards for British Columbia, search at RootsWeb: Roots Ancestry Website
The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
See also British Columbia Societies.