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.

General Guide
Canada Census Office Overview:View PDF
1881: View PDF
1891: View PDF
1901: View PDF
1911: View PDF
Black History View PDF
Charles Bedaux View PDF
Education History View PDF
Trans-Pacific Records View PDF
Genealogy Guide
First Nations Genealogical Research View PDF
Genealogy View PDF
Genealogy Checklist View PDF
Vital Events View PDF
Vital Events Registrations on Microfilm View PDF
Indigenous Guide
Archival Evidence in Aboriginal Rights and Title Cases View PDF
First Nations Research View PDF
First Nations Genealogical Research View PDF
Fort Victoria Treaties View PDF
Fort Victoria Treaties Correspondence View PDF
Indigenous Vital Events Registrations (1917 — 1956) View PDF
Indigenous Research Guide View PDF
Land Records (includes crown grants) View PDF
Oblates of Mary Immaculate Fonds Research Guide View PDF
Lands Guide
Land Records (includes crown grants) View PDF
Pre-emption and Homestead View PDF
Courts Guide
Coroner's Records View PDF
Court Records View PDF
Divorce Records: An Introduction View PDF
Divorce Records View PDF
Probate Case Files View PDF
Wills View PDF

Indexes and Inventories

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

Collections Guide
BC City Directories View PDF
BC Newspapers View PDF
BC Sessional Papers View PDF
Colonial Correspondence View PDF
Colonial and Early Births, Deaths & Marriages View PDF
Coroner's Index 1859-1939 View PDF
Hudson’s Bay Company records (Old MSS) View PDF
Lands Correspondence Files View PDF
Lands records (Old MS) View PDF
Old MS Colonial Governor records View PDF
Old MS Colonial Secretary records View PDF
Old MS Royal Engineers records View PDF
RG 10 Conversion List View PDF
Sheet Music Collection View PDF
Vertical Files Index View PDF
Voters' lists View PDF


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