Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Researching In British Columbia, Canada Cemeteries, November 2005

Researching in British Columbia, Canada Cemeteries, November 2005
British Columbia Genealogical Society & Vancouver Public Library Session

SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY

The British Columbia Genealogical Society has been ‘perpetuating British Columbia’s heritage’ by researching, collecting and publishing cemetery transcriptions and other genealogical materials since 1971.

Our Cemetery/Publication committee meets monthly. We welcome visitors and volunteers. Please e-mail the B.C.G.S. Cemetery/Publications Committee c/o bcgs@bcgs.ca for more information about transcriptions, research or volunteering.

See the B.C.G.S. website for cemetery and other publication lists, our obituary information page, as well as information about our library and activities: www.bcgs.ca



1. BOOKS AND ARTICLES: British Columbia & Canada

Frail Memorials: The Cemeteries of Langley by Warren F. Sommer (Fort Langley, B.C., Canada, The Township of Langley: 2005)

"Fraser Valley cemeteries and how they reflect the social history of the area" (also field notes on the Fraser Valley cemeteries---originals and photocopies) by Joanne Hughes. (History essay, Douglas College, B.C., Canada, 1972. Copy held in the Archives of British Columbia, Call Number MS 0260

Historic Guide to Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C., Canada by John Adams (Victoria, B.C., Canada, Sono Nis Press: 1998 –revised, original edition 1983)

In This Neglected Spot: The Rural Cemetery Landscape in Southern British Columbia by Mary Philpot (M.A. Thesis, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, 1976)

Once Upon A Tomb: Stories from Canadian Graveyards by Nancy Millar (Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Fifth House Ltd.: 1997)



2. BOOKS: General

The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries in American History by David Sloan ( Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., Johns Hopkins University Press: 1991

Your Guide to Cemetery Research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A., Betterway Books: 2002)

Also, for tips on using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) & digital cameras when cemetery touring, see Digitizing Your Family History by Rhonda R. McClure (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A., Betterway Books, 2004)


3. SELECTED WEBSITES: British Columbia


British Columbia Cemetery Finding Aid (BCCFA) with over 344,000 entries from 264 British Columbia cemeteries: http://www.islandnet.com/bccfa/homepage.html

British Columbia Genealogical Society (See Cemetery Publications List & Query Page): http://www.bcgs.ca/

British Columbia Cemeteries, Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project: http://continue.to/cgwcem

The Maple Leaf Legacy Project:
http://www.mapleleaflegacy.ca/mllpoct2000website/
britishcolumbiacanada.html

British Columbia’s War Memorials: http://www.cdli.ca/monuments/bc.htm

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)---Debt of Honour Register with 1.7 million Commonwealth war dead in 23,000 world wide cemeteries: http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/search.aspx

British Columbia Archives---Vital Events Search---Deaths 1872-1984 (20 years old): http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/sn-170A5EB/gbsearch/Deaths



4. SELECTED B. C. CEMETERY INFORMATION & LISTINGS ON-LINE

Ainsworth, Moyie & Kaslo, British Columbia: http://www.rootsweb.com/~abmgrc/

Voices from the Grave, Langley’s Cemeteries: http://www.langleymuseum.org/heritage_cemetery_intro.asp

Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery:
http://www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/commsvcs/
nonmarketoperations/mountainview/index.htm

“Village Sites & Burial Grounds”, Stolen Lands, Broken Promises: Researching the Indian Land Question in British Columbia, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, Vancouver, 2005. Chapter 12, pp. 169-174:
http://www.ubcic.bc.ca/files/PDF/RILQ2005/CH12_
Village_Sites_and_Burial_Grounds.pdf

Woodlands Cemetery Restoration & Memorial Gardens Project: http://www.bcacl.org/Background/




5. SPECIALIZED INDEXES ON-LINE: Examples of Strays, Surnames, International Indexes

Find A Grave: Famous B.C. ers ---102 names, most with a brief biography & picture: http://www.findagrave.com/php/famous.php?page=state&FSstateid=824

Prentices in British Columbia: http://www.prenticenet.com/roots/canada/cemeteries/cem_bc.htm

Saskatchewan Partial Cemeteries & Strays (Saskatchewan-born, buried in North Vancouver (headstone photographs) & Victoria (listings from Ross Bay Cemetery only): http://ca.geocities.com/lalleda/index.htm

Cemetery Junction: http://www.daddezio.com/
cemetery/junction.ca/CJ-BC-NDX.html

Internment.net: http://www.interment.net/can/bc/



6. WEBSITES: Cemetery Research & Preservation

Association for Gravestone Studies: http://www.gravestonestudies.org/

City of the Silent: http://www.alsirat.com/silence/index.html

Old Cemeteries Society (Victoria, B.C.): http://www.oldcem.bc.ca/

Saving Graves Canada: http://www.wizardsrealmcentral.com/casg/public_html/

Taphophilia.com: http://www.taphophilia.com/index.php

The Cemetery Club: http://www.thecemeteryclub.com/

Tomb with a View
–See symbolism pages: http://members.aol.com/TombView/twav.html



7. WEBSITES: Cemetery Transcription & Organization Software Examples

Cem Editor Cemetery Transcription Software:
http://www.ovs-genealogy.com/software-cem-edit-cemtery-transcription-photo-searchable-database-creator.shtml

Cemetery Keeper (shareware): http://www.winsite.com/bin/Info?652

Cemetery V2.0 (for Palm-John One One Graphics, Donald Keiffer ) : http://keifferusa.com/




8. Research Helps On-line:

British Columbia Lookups---Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness: http://www.raogk.org/bcolumbia.htm

Cemetery Photos: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cemphoto/Cemetery_Photos.html

Geographical Names of Canada (Department of Natural Resources, Canada): http://geonames.nrcan.gc.ca/index_e.php

Victorian Cemetery Symbolism, Cemetery Terms, Fraternal & Social Organizations, Monument materials & Types (With photos of examples from Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York, U.S.A.) : http://www.vintageviews.org/vv-tl/pages/Mt_Hope.html



9. E-Mailing Lists

CAN-BC-Rootsweb Mailing List: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/CAN/CAN-BRITISH-COLUMBIA.html

Canada Cemeteries---Rootsweb Mailing List: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/CAN/CANADA-CEMETERIES.html

CAN-BC-OBITS-Rootsweb Mailing List: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/CAN/CAN-BC-OBITS.html



10. Cemetery & Funeral Legislation & Regulation, British Columbia, Canada

Cremation, Internment & Funeral Services Act (2004): http://www.legis.gov.bc.ca/37th5th/3rd_read/gov03-3.htm

Cremation, Internment & Funeral Services Regulation: http://www.bpcpa.ca/Industry/cemetery/industry-cemetery-index.htm

Business Practices & Consumer Protection Act (2004): http://www.legis.gov.bc.ca/37th5th/3rd_read/gov02-3-toc.htm

Funeral Home Search Page, Vital Statistics, British Columbia: http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/vs_search_internet.cgi?VSS_TABLE=TDatFuneral.txt

Canadian Independent Group of Funeral Homes (31 B.C. members): http://www.cigfh.ca/FRM_directory.htm

Funeral Service Association of British Columbia: http://www.bcfunerals.com/funeralHomes.php


Note:
M. Diane Rogers, British Columbia Genealogical Society © 2005 www.bcgs.ca
On-Line Version with Links, dated 16 November 2005: www.canadagenealogy.blogspot.com

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