British Columbia Archives and Libraries

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The following archives and libraries of British Columbia, Canada Genealogy may be useful:

British Columbia Archives 
675 Belleville Street

Victoria, BC V8W 9W1
Telephone: 250–387–1952
Fax: 250–387–2072
Internet Link: British Columbia Archives

The archives building is located at:

655 Belleville Street
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
Telephone: 250–387–1952
Fax: 250–387–2072

City of Vancouver Archives
1150 Chestnut Street
Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9
Internet: City of Vancouver Archives 

City of Victoria Archives
#8 Centennial Square
Victoria, B.C.

Mailing Address
#1 Centennial Square
Victoria, B.C. V8W 1P6

Internet: City of Victoria Archives  

Cloverdale Public Library
5642–176 A Street
Surrey, BC V3S 4G9
Telephone: 604–576–1384
Fax: 604–576–0120
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
Telephone: 250–382–7241

Headquarters of Court Services Branch
Ministry of Attorney General
6th Floor, 850 Burdette Avenue
Victoria, BC V8W 1B4
Telephone: 250–356–1538
Fax: 250–356–8152 or 250–356–9758

Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N3
Telephone: 613–996–7458
Additional Internet:

New Westminster Public Library
716 Sixth Avenue
New Westminster, BC V3M 2B3
Telephone: 604–521–8874
Fax: 604–521–6647

University of British Columbia
Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Telephone: 250–387–1952
Fax: 604–822–9122

Vancouver Public Library
350 W. Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
Telephone: 604–331–3740 (newspapers, magazines)
Telephone: 604–331–3710 (history, government, genealogy)
Fax: 604–331–3744

Simon Fraser University
W.A.C. Bennett Library
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Telephone: 604–291–5735
Fax: 604–291–4908

Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards[edit | edit source]

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:

Canada GenWeb[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Lists county, provincial, and national sources; personal pages; and publications.

Roots-L[edit | edit source]

A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.

RootWeb E-Mail Lists and Message Boards[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch™[edit | edit source]

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.

See also British Columbia Societies.