Other online archival resources for researchers

Archives Association of British Columbia

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

British Columbia Archives

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.

British Columbia Genealogical Society

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

British Columbia Historical Federation

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

British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency

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.

Chinese-Canadian Genealogy website

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.

CoOL: Conservation Online

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.

Historical Chinese Language Materials in British Columbia: an electronic inventory

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

Japanese Canadian National Museum

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

Jewish Museum and Archives of BC 

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

Keys to History

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

Library and Archives Canada

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.

Library of Congress personal digital archiving

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

Northeast Document Conservation Center

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

Sikh Heritage Museum

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

Simon Fraser University Archives

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

University of British Columbia Rare Books and Special Collections

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

Vancouver Historical Society

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

Vancouver Public Library Special Collections

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.

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Find information about the members of your family tree that lived in Vancouver through resources at the Archives.

Discover your home's history

The Archives has a variety of records and other materials that document the history of the homes in Vancouver.

The Archives

See what the Archives has in its holdings. Digitized holdings can be displayed immediately.