22 July 2012

From North to South: Vancouver Island resources online

Three new resources for those with Vancouver Island interest.

Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Cemetery Records, 1901-2010, new on Ancestry, is 5,168 records via the Campbell River Genealogy Society (CRGS), an index of headstones in the cemeteries of northern Vancouver Island and some adjacent islands in British Columbia. Information includes: name; death date; memorial inscription where available; with some tombstone photographs.  Campbell River is best represented although there are records from smaller communities, like Port Alice and Port Hardy.

Moving south, and also on Ancestry, Central Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Newspaper Birth, Marriage & Death Indexes, 1917-1990 comprises 21,306 records. This CRGS origin database contains an index information extracted from three newspapers serving the Campbell River, British Columbia, the Campbell River Courier, 1947–1974;  theComox Argus, 1917–1945 and ; the Campbell River Upper Islander, 1964–1990.

At the south end of the island, via an article in the Victoria Times-Colonist, comes news of a project on The Fort Victoria Journal 1846-1850. Fort Victoria was a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post founded in 1843, forerunner of a settlement that eventually grew into the modern city of Victoria. The journal, an official daily record of trade, work, weather, illnesses and other occurrences of note at the fort, is available through a cooperative project with the Historical Editing Class, University of Victoria.

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