Finding Family

Finding Family

Primary Documents

From the Royal BC Museum

Archivist Ann ten Cate writes about genealogy. For more about using the archives for genealogy research visit look.

Archivist Frederike Verspoor writes about using the BC Archives.

Where to Begin Your Own Research

This link leads you to BC Archives’s new archival database, BC Archives Collection Search. Here you can search maps, pictures, text, sound and moving images in a new, friendlier web-based format.

If you need additional help from archives staff you can call toll free Monday to Friday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at 1-888-447-7977. Press ‘0’ for the operator and ask to talk with archives staff. You can also email your questions to

For the intrepid researcher ready to go deeper, here is a comprehensive, detailed guide for navigating resources at the archives.

You can also talk to archives staff by phoning the toll free number (1-888-447-7977) selecting ‘0’ for operator and asking to speak to someone at the archives reference desk. Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Email your questions to:

Print off and record your own family tree on this simple, colourful illustration.

Outside Links

These links will take you away from the Learning Portal. Come back soon!

The Cloverdale Branch of Surrey Libraries maintains the largest Family History collection in Western Canada, with a special focus on Canadian records.

Visit this site to access descriptions of archival materials preserved in various locations throughout the province.

Archives Canada is a gateway to archival resources found in over 800 locations across Canada.

More great genealogy and family history resources.

A wonderful resource if there are soldiers in your family.