The British Columbia Archives, BC Archives, is located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and is the official archives for the Government of British Columbia. Their website is hosted by the Royal BC Museum.


[su_heading size=”20″]Online Collections [/su_heading]

The BC Archives has free genealogy records including:

  • Births (1854-1903)
  • Marriages (1871-1942)
  • Deaths (1872-1997)
  • Colonial Marriages (1859-1872)
  • Baptisms (1836-1888)

Free searches can be made by individual collection or any combination of collections and there are many possible search fields.
Vital Statistics & Genealogy Research Guides

  • Coroner Records
  • Divorce Records
  • Divorce Records at the BC Archives: an Introduction
  • Genealogy
  • Probate Case Files
  • Wills
  • Canada Census Office, 1881; 1891; 1901; 1911
  • “Indian” Vital Events Registration Guide
  • coroners’ inquests, 1859-1957
  • coroners’ inquiries, 1859-1970
  • Land Records
  • Pre-emption and Homestead Guide
  • Trans-Pacific Records
  • Resources for First Nations Genealogical Research at the BC Archives
  • Archival evidence in Aboriginal Rights and Title Cases
  • First Nations Research Guide
  • Fort Victoria Treaties
  • Fort Victoria Treaties Correspondence
    [su_heading size=”20″]Onsite Collections [/su_heading]

    Court Records

    • divorce records
    • probated estate records
    • wills
    • civil case files
    • bankruptcy records


    Photographs  & Documentary Art

    [su_service title=”Hours of Operation”]
    Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Saturday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Sundays & Holidays: Closed
    Staff Assistance: Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Online search: 24 hours a day

    *Retrievals of original records must be placed by 3:30 pm
    **You can purchase a USB stick during staff hours or you can bring your own USB. We cannot guarantee that external USB sticks will work on our machines.[/su_service]

    Free Genealogy Research Guides & free online vital records searches at the BC Archives hosted at the Royal BC museum website #OnGenealogy #BCArchives


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