Our collections databases are available online and can be accessed by anyone. We have three databases, each containing descriptions of different records at the BC Archives.
BC Archives collection
You can search for descriptions of archival records held at the BC Archives and access digital versions, where available, using this database. Archival records include textual records, photographs, documentary art, sound recordings, moving images and cartographic records such as maps.
For instructions and tips for searching, please see the main page of the BC Archives Collections Search.
Please read the Notes Area in all higher levels of description for access and copying restrictions, to see availability of the records in other formats and to locate the finding aid.
Archives Library collection
You can search for descriptions of publications held in our library using this database. Publications include books, directories, pamphlets, government reports, and more.
For help with your search, please see the Help tab at the bottom of the Search screen.
There are also indexes to and inventories of some of our library materials available on our Reference Guides and Inventoriespage.
You can search for open birth, marriage and death registrations using this database. Many registrations have been digitized and are attached to the listing under Vital Stat Image(s).
Watch our instructional video: How to: BC Archives Genealogy Search
If you cannot find an image of the vital event registration record online, please refer to Accessing BC vital event registrations guide