Guides, Indexes and Inventories

Before using our online resources or visiting the archives, all researchers should review our 

Research Orientation Guide

To help you with your research, we highly recommend you review the guide, index or inventory related to your topic of research prior to your visit.

Research Guides by Subject

Research guides help you understand and access records related to your search topic. They also provide you with additional information and, in some instances, transcriptions of records.

Canada Census OfficeOverview:View PDF
1881: View PDF
1891: View PDF
1901: View PDF
1911: View PDF
Black HistoryView PDF
Charles BedauxView PDF
Education HistoryView PDF
Trans-Pacific RecordsView PDF
First Nations Genealogical ResearchView PDF
GenealogyView PDF
Genealogy ChecklistView PDF
Vital EventsView PDF
Vital Events Registrations on MicrofilmView PDF
Archival Evidence in Aboriginal Rights and Title CasesView PDF
First Nations ResearchView PDF
First Nations Genealogical ResearchView PDF
Fort Victoria TreatiesView PDF
Fort Victoria Treaties CorrespondenceView PDF
Indigenous Vital Events Registrations (1917 — 1956)View PDF
Indigenous Research GuideView PDF
Land Records (includes crown grants)View PDF
Oblates of Mary Immaculate Fonds Research GuideView PDF
Land Records (includes crown grants)View PDF
Pre-emption and HomesteadView PDF
Coroner's RecordsView PDF
Court RecordsView PDF
Divorce Records: An IntroductionView PDF
Divorce RecordsView PDF
Probate Case FilesView PDF
WillsView PDF

Indexes and Inventories

Indexes and inventories help you navigate through some of our larger archival and library collections more easily.

BC City DirectoriesView PDF
BC NewspapersView PDF
BC Sessional PapersView PDF
Colonial CorrespondenceView PDF
Colonial and Early Births, Deaths & MarriagesView PDF
Coroner's Index 1859-1939View PDF
Hudson’s Bay Company records (Old MSS)View PDF
Lands Correspondence FilesView PDF
Lands records (Old MS)View PDF
Old MS Colonial Governor recordsView PDF
Old MS Colonial Secretary recordsView PDF
Old MS Royal Engineers recordsView PDF
RG 10 Conversion ListView PDF
Sheet Music CollectionView PDF
Vertical Files IndexView PDF
Voters' listsView PDF


For a list of all documents available on our website, please see our document library