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The British Columbia Archival Information Network hosts Memory BC, where you can access descriptions of archival materials preserved in repositories throughout the province.

The official archives of the Government of British Columbia provides full text retrieval of information from a database containing over 100,000 textural descriptions of historical photographs, paintings, drawings, and prints. Nearly 50,000 images are available for viewing online.

Find information on Special Collections holdings, including the northwest history collection. You'll also find an online database containing descriptions and photographs of Vancouver and British Columbia from 1900 to the mid-1940s, by photographers Philip Timms and Leonard Frank.

Hosted by the Vancouver Public Library, this site lists many resources, tools, and information to support research on the history of the Chinese community in BC.

Find links to many resources, FAQs, and an online library catalogue.

Find all birth, death, and marriage records for Vancouver. Order genealogical certificates online. Find indices: BC marriages index 1872-1925, BC births index 1872-1900, BC deaths index 1872-1980.

Collections include rare books, Canadiana, and archival materials, some of which relate to the history of Vancouver.

The Simon Fraser University Archives holds records relating to activism, arts and culture, and other collections as well as a Special Collections and Rare Books operating out of the library department.

Find a searchable online catalogue of Chinese language source material relating to the history of British Columbia.

Find research archival materials, a reference library, and the Issei Life Histories genealogical database.

The Jewish Museum and Archives of B.C. offers information on the local history of the Jewish community in Vancouver.

Located in Abbotsford, the Khalsa-Diwan Society operates the Sikh Heritage Museum at the Gur Sikh Temple building, a national heritage site.

Search archival databases with records from governmental and private sources, including textual records, maps, works of art, photographs, video, film, sound recordings, art, as well as genealogical and family history resources such as census, immigration, and military records.

Find out about regular meetings and events, become a member, subscribe to the society newsletter.

The B.C. Historical Federation includes list of member organizations for other local history groups around the province.

The McCord Museum of Canadian History has materials available through their online collections database related to the history of Vancouver. 

An online resource operated by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation provides a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topic of interest to conservation professionals.

The Northeast Document Conservation Center offers conservation information and has easy to understand leaflets for preservation of various types of records.

The Library of Congress offers practical and economical advice on caring for personal and family digital archives, including converting analogue records to digital format.

Research at the Archives


Did one of your ancestors live in Vancouver? Find information about the members of your family tree through resources at the Archives.

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