Resources for researchers

Here you can find helpful links beyond our local scope to help you with your research from genealogy and newspapers clippings to teachers resources and other archives. Please note that we do not own, operate, or monitor these websites.

 If you're looking for information about Oliver's history, click here. You can also come in and research local history (Oliver and Rural Area C) by making an appointment at the ArchivesPLEASE NOTE: If you have a very specific research project, we strongly suggest you call ahead and let us know, so we can serve you better. 


BC Historical Newspapers Project

The BC Historical Newspapers project features searchable, digitized versions of historical papers from around the province. The titles, which range from the Abbotsford Post to the Ymir Miner, date from 1865 to 1994.

Access to the microfilm used to create this collection generously provided by the Royal British Columbia Museum and British Columbia Provincial Archives.

BC Cemetery Finding Aid

The British Columbia Cemetery Finding Aid is a pointer database consisting of the surnames, cemetery name and location of more than 344,000 entries collected from records and headstone inscriptions associated with 264 cemeteries situated in the province of British Columbia, Canada and two from the state of Washington, USA.

An excellent resource for genealogists. 

Okanagan Nation Alliance "Voices On the Land"Project

An interactive map of the territories and projects of the Okanagan Nation Alliance's seven member communities: Okanagan Indian Band, Osoyoos Indian Band, Penticton Indian Band, Upper Nicola Band, Upper and Lower Similkameen Indian Bands, and Westbank First Nation; and the Colville Confederated Tribes. 

Click on the tours, which include information about communities, culture, and nsyilxcən language and place names. 

BC Archives

This catalogue contains the archival descriptions of government and private records that are of enduring value to the province of British Columbia. New information is continually added, including some digital copies of records, giving ever growing access to the archival materials.

Teacher Resources: Learning Portal

The Learning Portal is the place for learners of all ages to explore British Columbia’s natural and human history through the Royal BC Museum collections.

Articles are compiled by professional program developers with respect to BC curriculum and organized by subject. Within each article are links to artifacts, videos, sound files, images, interviews, and more. 

BC Archives - Genealogy Search

Search indexes of births (1854-1903), marriages (1872-1940), deaths (1872-1995), colonial marriages (1859-1872) and baptisms (1836-1888). 

Headstone Index (Canada)

This Headstone Photo Project is a non-profit organization. The mission of this project is to capture digital images and the complete transcription of headstones across Canada. 

This website contains information compiled by volunteers across Canada and can be a useful tool for researchers. 

Index is searchable, or browse by region.