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Court records

Central Registry for Divorce Proceedings
Find the information required by the BC Archives to request access to or a reproduction of post-1968 divorces

Court Services Online
Search for provincial and supreme civil court files and provincial traffic and criminal court files in British Columbia.

Digitized collections and online searches

A Nation's Chronicle: The Canada Gazette
Search digitized versions of the Canada Gazette produced by the federal government. The Canada Gazette has served to inform Canadians of the operations of government and to involve them actively in the legislative process

BC City Directories
Access digitized British Columbia city directories from 1860 through 1955.

BC Historical Newspapers
Search through digitized versions of historical papers from across British Columbia.

BC Sessional Papers
Search through digitized versions of the British Columbia Sessional Papers, an annual collection of selected papers tabled in the Legislative Council of British Columbia and the Legislative Assembly.

Colonial Despatches: Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846–1871
Search for correspondence between the British Colonial Office and the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Correspondence can be searched by key word, colony, author and more. Digitized images and transcriptions of the correspondence are provided.

Family Search
Access descriptions and digitized copies of genealogical records such as vital event (birth, death, marriage) registrations, probate files, naturalization records, wills and land records (crown grants, pre-emption registers, dominion land branch).

The provincial government online search and retrieval system for Crown land data.

Memory BC
Search archival descriptions from archival institutions across British Columbia.

Official Gazettes of British Columbia
Search digitized copies of gazettes produced by the colonial and provincial government. Gazettes are official publications that disseminate government proclamations, notices and regulations as required.

Open Collections
Search UBC open collections library includes digital photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses and more.

Points to the Past
Access to millions of digitized historical records for British Columbia residents.

The British Colonist
Search digitized versions of the British Colonist (also called The Daily British Colonist, the Daily Colonist, and other variants) from its first issue in 1858.

Victoria Fire Insurance Plans
Access digitized versions of Victoria Fire Insurance Plans from 1891. The number of plans required expanded to cover the city grew from 31 in 1891 to more than 170 in 1913.


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