GENEALOGY AND LOCAL
HISTORY AT THE NEW WESTMINSTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Cemetery Records | Census
| City Directories | Military
Records | Registers of Birth, etc. |
| Obituaries & Funeral Records | Telephone
Directories | Voters Lists |
Bibliographies | Local
Histories | Manuals & Handbooks | Maps
| Newspapers | Historical
Photographs | Heritage Home Tours
in 1865, the New Westminster Public Library is B.C.'s oldest library.
Located on the 2nd floor of the Library, the Reference Department is
home to an impressive collection of genealogical and local history resources.
The main strength of this collection is British Columbian in content
with emphasis on the history of New Westminster and the surrounding
resources in the Special Collection and the Reference Department do
not circulate and are for in library use only. Identification, such
as a library card or driver's license, may be required to use certain
items. Librarians in Reference are available to assist researchers using
is available by telephone, mail, fax, or e-mail.
Fax: (604) 527-4674
Mail: New Westminster Public Library
716 6th Avenue New Westminster,
B.C. V3M 2B3
Museum/Archive has copies of the record books of the Fraser Cemetery,
New Westminster's major cemetery since 1870. Information is listed in
both general alphabetical order (i.e. - M's are all together, but not
in alphabetical order within each letter) and by plot designation, and
provides the name, date of interment, plot designation, section (if
applicable), undertaker, and, in some instances, the name and address
of the owner of the plot (which is not always the deceased). The Museum/Archive
also has copies of the publications produced by the B.C. Genealogical
Society, which list the text that appears on extant stones in the Fraser
prepared by the B.C. Genealogical society list those buried in local
F862h Fraser Cemetery
R929.5, Sa24h St. Peters Catholic Cemetery
cemetery records can be viewed at the Cemeteries Office at 100 Richmond
St., New Westminster, B.C. V3L 4B3. Ph. 522-1323
also has copies of cemetery records from Woodland's:
R929.5 C332 Cemetery
R929.5 L696 List of Persons Buried at the Public Hospital for the Insane
information, and photographs, see The
Cemeteries of New Westminster
Lists on the Internet
Finding Aid: A database containing over one hundred thousand burial
records from cemeteries around the province: http://www.islandnet.com/bccfa
Cemetery Finding Aid: http://www.islandnet.com/ocfa
has census records, searchable by name, for the New Westminster area
from the 1881, 1891 and the 1901 census. (on microfilm)
census of Ontario can be searched online at:
extensive list of on-line Canadian Census Indexes, check the Alberta
Family History Society Website.
has a large collection of B.C. city directories. Listing residents by
name and sometimes by address, dating back to 1860, they are an invaluable
resource for genealogical researchers. Directories provide information
on early street names, locations and types of businesses and industries,
names, addresses, occupations and spouses of residents, and a general
picture of the times. For a complete list of Library holdings, check
with the Reference Department.
BC Directories 1860-1901
online, from the Vancouver Public Library.
Collection includes many Canadian regimental histories.
Editions of the British Columbian Newspaper are valued sources of information
about local participation in the First and Second World Wars.
B777v British Columbian Victory Edition, 1914-19
W449 B.C. Welcome Home Westminsters: British Columbian Victory Edition
Commemorating the record of the B.C. New Westminster and Fraser Valley
collection includes several books with history on the Royal Westminster
Regiment. Researchers may also wish to visit the Museum of the Royal
Westminster Regiment, located in The Armory at 530 Queen's Avenue, New
Westminster. For information about the Regiment and their museum, please
Honour Rolls may be found here:
I Honour Roll: lists the names of New Westminster's war dead
WW II Honour Roll:
lists the names of New Westminster's war dead
for names of those who died serving in both World Wars, the South African
War and the Korean War, you can search the Book of Remembrance online
For a list
of Canadian airmen and airwomen and other nationals who wore the uniform
of Royal Canadian Air Force who lost their lives in the Second World
A156t They Shall Grow Not Old
Search Service Files of Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918 at: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx
of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Columbia Archives provides a searchable index to some birth, death and
marriage records of British Columbia Vital Statistics: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/BasicSearch
of certificates are available through the B.C. Archives and locally,
at the Vancouver Public Library and the Cloverdale Branch of the Surrey
Vital Records Handbook in the Reference Department will tell you where
you can find birth, death and marriage certificates for countries around
indexes to vital statistics registries around the world are now becoming
available on the Internet. Here is our list
of genealogy sites on the Internet.
and Funeral Records
Department has records from Bowell and Sons, a New Westminster Funeral
Home. A name index covers deaths from 1911 to 1960. The online database
can be searched at
to various newspapers in the Reference collection will help locate death
notices, funeral notices, and obituaries. Click on Newspapers
for a list of newspapers indexed at this Library.
about obituaries from the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers should
be directed to their Infoline at: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Obituaries published after May 2002 are available online on the
Westminster Archives at Irving House also maintains files with information
on local people and has a variety of indexes and finding aids. It is
located at: 302
New Westminster, BC V3L 1H7
directories for New Westminster (which include most of the Metro Vancouver
area) are available from 1952 to the present.
Department has New Westminster municipal voters lists from 1912 to 1990.
comprehensive bibliography of history resources for New Westminster
was compiled in 1977 by Barbara Hynek:
H998n RD New Westminster: A Local History Resource List
bibliographies of Canadian and British Columbia history are listed in
has an extensive collection related to the history of New Westminster.
Special Collection includes books published in British Columbia or about
British Columbia. Since the Library was first established in 1865, it
has collected histories of British Columbia and books on the exploration
of the Pacific Northwest with special emphasis on works related to the
history of New Westminster.
attempts to maintain complete runs of all newspapers published in New
Westminster, either in hardcopy or on microfilm. There is also a microfilm
collection of early British Columbia newspapers. For complete holdings,
check with the Reference Department.
The Reference Department clips and indexes local newspapers on an ongoing
basis. The New Westminster Clipping File contains articles dating back
to the late 1950's under such headings as Biography (by name), May Day
(by year), Schools, and many other topics of local interest.
Of special interest to researchers are the indexes to newspapers that
the Reference Department has produced over the years. These are all
card indexes by subject. The following is a list of indexes (in chronological
order by date of newspapers indexed):
Daily Columbian: 1861 to 1869
Mainland Guardian: 1871 to 1889
Daily Columbian: 1882 to 1885, 1891 to 1895
British Columbian: Weekly 1902 to 1913
British Columbian: Weekly (deaths only) 1930 to 1950
Columbian Newspaper: 1957 to 1980
Google News Archivesearch: a newspaper archive with keyword
searching to many newspapers, including the Daily Columbian and the
Mainland Guardian. Use the Advanced Search option to limit to a particular
publication. Some newspapers have been scanned, while some articles
are pay-per-view. Microfilmed copies of these newspapers can be viewed
in the Reference Department.
Colonist: online indexing to the Daily Colonist 1858-1921
Genealogical Extracts from BC Newspapers 1861-1875: birth,
death, and marriage notices from the British Columbian, Vancouver Times,
Mainland Guardian, and the Victoria Daily Standard
Burnaby Matters: an historical index to Burnaby newspapers dating back to 1935 and Municipal Manager's Reports to Council dating back to 1964.
Historical Federation: includes the BC Historical Quarterly,
BC Historical News/BC History, and BC Historical Association Report
all the headings related to genealogy, go to the library Catalogue,
choose the subject keyword index and enter the word genealogy.
Collection includes copies of many early survey maps of New Westminster,
starting with Colonel Moody's hand drawn map of the Lower Mainland from
1858. Maps from 1858 to the present outline the ongoing development
of the city and the Lower Mainland.
the original fire insurance maps for New Westminster are in the Reference
Plan of the City of New Westminster, B.C., surveyed in 1897, Revised
1905. Chas. E. Goad Civil Engineer
Insurance Plan, surveyed 1907, revised 1914. Charles E. Goad
Insurance Plan, surveyed 1907, revised 1919. Mainland Fire Underwriters
Insurance Plan, 1957. B.C. Underwriters Association
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