25 August 2010

Victoria City Archives Databases

Persephone dropped a comment on the recent Edmonton Cemeteries posting here suggesting I was distracting her from completing more comprehensive postings on her blog. True, her last blog posting was disappointingly short. The end of her month blogging is approaching, all too soon, so to encourage further literary endeavours today's posting is about resources with which she must be only too familiar.

The Victoria (BC) City Archives hosts three interesting databases on the organization website.

Ross Bay Cemetery Records 1872-1980 has over 29,500 entries in a database that may be searched by last name, first name and date.

Death Notices Index 1901-1939 covers obituaries from the Victoria Daily Times newspaper. There are a few scattered entries from dates outside the range given, as early as 1831 and as late as 1950.
Marriage Notices Index 1901-1939 covers 17,500 entries from the Victoria Daily Times newspaper , again a few outside the date range specified.

I was hoping to find the burial of someone I'll be talking about in September in the Ross Bay records. It turns out that person isn't there, but did turn up in the old BC Cemetery Finding Aid.

1 comment:

JDR said...

The following is posted on behalf of Ellen Thorne Morris

Thank you for the Victoria City Archives Databases. I found a lost relative, John Frederick Mills Thorne, b England, d BC.
Chris Thorne of England, his nephew, is gathering the details of all the Thornes from Sherborn, Dorset. My great great grandfather was Benjamin Thorne who went to York Co., Ontario, about 1820, married Anna Maria Lodge-Wilcocks, raised a family of nine children, and the village of Thornhill was named for him.
Benjamin's half brother, John Mills Thorne is the ancestor or Chris Thorne.