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


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 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:

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:

British Columbia Genealogical Society (See Cemetery Publications List & Query Page):

British Columbia Cemeteries, Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project:

The Maple Leaf Legacy Project:

British Columbia’s War Memorials:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)---Debt of Honour Register with 1.7 million Commonwealth war dead in 23,000 world wide cemeteries:

British Columbia Archives---Vital Events Search---Deaths 1872-1984 (20 years old):


Ainsworth, Moyie & Kaslo, British Columbia:

Voices from the Grave, Langley’s Cemeteries:

Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery:

“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:

Woodlands Cemetery Restoration & Memorial Gardens Project:

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:

Prentices in British Columbia:

Saskatchewan Partial Cemeteries & Strays (Saskatchewan-born, buried in North Vancouver (headstone photographs) & Victoria (listings from Ross Bay Cemetery only):

Cemetery Junction:

6. WEBSITES: Cemetery Research & Preservation

Association for Gravestone Studies:

City of the Silent:

Old Cemeteries Society (Victoria, B.C.):

Saving Graves Canada:

The Cemetery Club:

Tomb with a View
–See symbolism pages:

7. WEBSITES: Cemetery Transcription & Organization Software Examples

Cem Editor Cemetery Transcription Software:

Cemetery Keeper (shareware):

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

8. Research Helps On-line:

British Columbia Lookups---Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness:

Cemetery Photos:

Geographical Names of Canada (Department of Natural Resources, Canada):

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.) :

9. E-Mailing Lists

CAN-BC-Rootsweb Mailing List:

Canada Cemeteries---Rootsweb Mailing List:

CAN-BC-OBITS-Rootsweb Mailing List:

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

Cremation, Internment & Funeral Services Act (2004):

Cremation, Internment & Funeral Services Regulation:

Business Practices & Consumer Protection Act (2004):

Funeral Home Search Page, Vital Statistics, British Columbia:

Canadian Independent Group of Funeral Homes (31 B.C. members):

Funeral Service Association of British Columbia:

M. Diane Rogers, British Columbia Genealogical Society © 2005
On-Line Version with Links, dated 16 November 2005:


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