Saturday, April 29, 2023

VANCOUVER BC Canada – Genealogy Approved Websites and Resources – A Baker’s Dozen - April 2023 Day 12

 Nearing the last of our Baker's Dozen of Vancouver Resources but never least -

The City of Vancouver Archives - 90 years young this year - an essential source for Vancouver research.

I like to point people to this page which has guides to research at the Vancouver Archives, including genealogy, house history and more: 

The guides for genealogy include Directories (1882 to 1996; also some BC Directories), Mountain View Cemetery records, Voters' lists (1886 to 1992), News clippings, Private-sector records, Photographs and Books. Download the Genealogy Reference Guide for more details: 

AuthentiCity, the Vancouver Archives blog, has articles on many collections, like the recent one on the historical by-laws of Vancouver, Point Grey and South Vancouver where my own family lived: 

If you can't visit in person (yet), you should know that the City has been in the forefront of digitization and you will find many items online, including maps and photographs and other records. 

A New Map of Vancouver...with the compliments of Spencer's, Vancouver's largest department Store. Front page, fold-out brochure advertising Spencer's Department Store, Spencer's furs, and David Spencer Ltd. with an oblique aerial map of the Lower Mainland, and a road map of routes into Greater Vancouver, 194-. Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives AM1594-: MAP 293-: LEG1800.069. Public Domain.

And speaking of books (as I often do), don't forget the Vancouver Public Library's Special Collections. The Library's Vancouver History page has a list of recommended books and many links to other resources, including 'This Vancouver', Vancouver stories collected in images, audio clips, and videos: 

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