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Biographical Dictionaries and Compiled Biographies[edit | edit source]

Lives Lived West of the Divide: A Biographical Dictionary of Fur Traders Working West of the Rockies, 1793-1858, Volumes 1-3 by Bruce McIntyre Watson (Okanagan: University of British Columbia, The Centre for Social, Spatial and Economic Justice, 2010). Volume 1-3 online at

Biographical dictionary of well-known British Columbians: with a historical sketch by J. B. Kerr (Vancouver, BC: Kerr & Begg, 1890). Online in various formats at

British Columbia, pictorial and biographical, volumes 1 and 2, by Ethelbert Olaf Stuart Scholefield (Vancouver: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1914). Online at University of Victoria's Digital Collections.

Who's Who in British Columbia, published in various editions. Many libraries have incomplete collections. The British Columbia Archives has 1931, 1933-34, 1937-39, 1940-41, 1942-43, 1944-46, 1947-48, 1949-50, 1953, 1969 (vols. 1-10). 

For Vancouver Island residents, see Imperial Vancouver Island: Who Was Who 1850-1950 by John Francis Bosher edited by Ian Large (Amazon Digital Services, Inc., Second Edition, 2012).

Collections of biographies at the Family History Library are generally listed in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under one of the following



Compiled biographies may also be found in local, regional, ethnic or other histories.


Indexes to British Columbia Biographies[edit | edit source]

Who's who in Who's who : an index to biographical dictionaries of British Columbians by R. Dale McIntosh, (University of Victoria (British Columbia). Public History Group, 1991).

See also Dictionary of Canadian Biography online