British Columbia Newspapers
Resources for British Columbia Newspapers
For detailed information about researching historical Canadian newspapers, see Researching Canadian newspaper Recordsby Ryan Taylor (Heritage Productions, 2002).
Libraries and Archives
Major microfilm newspaper collections for British Columbia are at the sources listed below. Other larger public and academic libraries may hold significant collections. And many local British Columbia archives, libraries and museums have collections of local area newspapers.
Contact information for these sources is given in the British Columbia Archives and Libraries section of the wiki.
- British Columbia Archives - British Columbia Community Newspapers on Microfilm at BC Archives This list does not include newspapers from the cities of Vancouver or Victoria.
- Greater Victoria Public Library
- New Westminster Public Library
- Simon Fraser University W.A.C. Bennett Library
- University of British Columbia Koerner Library
- Vancouver Public Library
- College of New Caledonia
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) holds copies of microfilms of historical newspapers. See LAC's British Columbia newspapers list here.
Digital Issues Online
See the British Columbia Genealogical Society's BC Newspapers, Obituaries page for an up to date list of on-line historical newspapers from British Columbia.
Indexes and Newspaper Clipping Collections Online
"British Columbia, Victoria Times Birth, Marriage and Death Notices, 1901-1939." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org. Citing Victoria Times newspaper. Victoria City Archives. Browseable chronological collection of newspaper notices pasted onto cards with date, page number. This newspaper was variously titled: Victoria Times, Victoria Weekly Times, and Victoria Daily Times.
See the British Columbia Genealogical Society's BC Newspapers, Obituaries page for up to date information on online historical newspaper indexes for British Columbia.
Published Newspaper Histories and Indexes
British Columbia Vital Statistics From Newspapers 1858-1872, Including Vital Statistics From Diaries by Brian J. Porter (British Columbia Genealogical Society, 1994).
Index of Newspapers 1902-1914 in Delta, British Columbia by Donalda J. James, Delta Diggers Genealogy Group (1998).
Brides and grooms of the 1950's : marriage information published in The Ladner Optimist newspaper during the decade of the 1950's by Donalda J. James (British Columbia Genealogical Sociery, 1999).
Brides and grooms of the 1960's : marriage information published in The Ladner Optimist newspaper during the decade of the 1960's by Donalda J. James (British Columbia Genealogical Sociery, 2002).
Index to: Rambling column, South Delta today and Delta optimist newspapers, 1989-2000 by journalist/historian Edgar Dunning by Donalda J. James (2001).
Birth, Marriage and Death References from the Campbell River Upper Island, Volume 1, 1964-1975 and Volume 2, 1977-1990 (missing 1976, 1986, 1988) by the Campbell River Genealogy Club (2000, 2001).
Birth, Marriage and Death References from the Campbell River Courier, Volume 1, 1947-1959 and Volume 2, 1960-1974 by the Campbell River Genealogy Club (1998).
Campbell River Birth, Marriage and Death Extractions from the Comox Argus Newspaper 1917-1945 by the Campbell River Genealogy Club (1996).
For additional published and unpublished indexes, contact local British Columbia libraries and museums and see the Library and Archives list of British Columbia newspaper indexes.
Tip: Search the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) for newspaper references as many British Columbia historical and genealogical journals and newsletters include newspaper snippets.
A History: British Columbia Weekly Newspapers by Irving and Frances Wilson (British Columbia Weekly Newspapers Association, ).
Paper Trails: A History of British Columbia & Yukon Community Newspapers by George Allan Affleck (Arch Communications / BC and Yukon Community Newspapers Association, 1999).
Making the News: A Times Colonist Look at 150 Years of History by Dave Obee (Times Colonist, 2008).
Ma Murray: The Story of Canada's Crusty Queen of Publishing by Stan Sauerwein (Altitude Publishing Canada Limited, 2003).