Guides, Indexes and Inventories

Before using our online resources or visiting the archives, all researchers should review our Research Orientation Guide.

To help you with your research, we highly recommend you review the guide, index or inventory related to your topic of research prior to your visit.

Instructional Guides

Type Guide
Canada Cenus Office 1881: View PDF
1891: View PDF
1901: View PDF
1911: View PDF
Coroner's Records View PDF
Court Records View PDF
Divorce Records View PDF
Divorce Records: An Introduction View PDF
Indigenous Vital Events Registrations (1917 — 1956) View PDF
Pre-emption and Homestead View PDF
Probate Case Files View PDF
Research Orientation View PDF
Wills View PDF


Research Guides by Subject

Research guides help you understand and access records related to your search topic. They also provide you with additional information and, in some instances, transcriptions of records.

Topics Guide
Archival Evidence in Aboriginal Rights and Title Cases View PDF
Charles Bedaux View PDF
Education History View PDF
First Nations Research View PDF
First Nations Genealogical Research View PDF
Fort Victoria Treaties View PDF
Fort Victoria Treaties Correspondence View PDF
Genealogy View PDF
Land Records (includes crown grants) View PDF
Trans-Pacific Records View PDF


Indexes and Inventories

Indexes and inventories help you navigate through some of our larger archival and library collections more easily.

Collections Guide
BC City Directories View PDF
BC Newspapers View PDF
BC Sessional Papers View PDF
Colonial Correspondence View PDF
Colonial Governor and Douglas records (Old MSS) View PDF
Colonial Secretary records (Old MSS) View PDF
Hudson’s Bay Company records (Old MSS) View PDF
Lands records (Old MS) View PDF
Royal Engineers records (Old MS) View PDF
Sheet Music Collection View PDF
Voters' lists View PDF



For a list of all documents available on our website, please see our document library. 

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