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American hydrographic charts

The series consists of hydrodgraphic charts produced by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey and other official American chart- producing agencies. The charts are listed alphabetically by title in the chart list.

The charts have been copied onto 105mm microfiche which are arranged sequentially according to the call numbers cited in the chart lists. Some of the dates presented should be considered tentative, since some of the charts, particularly some from the 1850s, may be undated reproductions of official charts. Researchers should also note that the charts listed with dates from the 1840s are 1971 reproductions of 1940s items. Background information on early American hydrographic surveying can be found in Peter J. Guthern. United States Coastal Charts, 1783- 1861 (NW526.99/G984). Additional related information is provided in United States Coast Survey. Pacific Coast. Coast Pilot of California, Oregon, and Washington Territory. 1869 (NW527/U58p/c.2) and in United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. Pacific Coast. Coast Pilot of California, Oregon, and Washington. 1889 (NW527/U58p.4/ c.2).

A graphic index covering the Alaska and B.C. coastlines is available in the volume U.S. Coast Pilot: Alaska (NW623.8929/U58a/1943).

U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

Bagot, Christopher George Seymour, 1880-1975. Quadra Island; Justice of the Peace and Telegraph Operator.

Correspondence and certificates. Photo album and loose photographs transferred to Visual Records accession 197901-58.

Presented by Les Haines, Queensland, Australia; copies made from originals in the Archives of the Library of South Australia.

Bagot, Christopher George Seymour, 1880-1975. Quadra Island; Justice of the Peace and Telegraph Operator

Blue books of the Colony of British Columbia

Series consists of ~blue books~ containing a compilation of statistical information, public accounts and general information about the Colony of British Columbia. Each volume includes a table of contents and includes the following separate sections: 1) Taxes, duties and other sources of revenue 2) Fees 3) Revenue and expenditure 4) Comparative yearly statements of revenue and expenditure 5) Local revenue 6) Public debt 7) Military expenditure: militia 8) Public works 9) Legislation: laws, proclamations, etc. 10) Political franchise 11) Council and Assembly 12) Civil establishment 13) Officer who have given security for discharge of their duties 14) Pensions 15) Abstract of expenditure for civil, judicial, ecclesiastical establishments, etc. 16) Foreign consuls 17) Population 18) Savings banks, friendly societies, immigrants and emigrants, etc. 19) Ecclesiastical return 20) Education, newspapers and reviews 21) Coins exchanges, etc. 22) Imports and exports 23) Shipping 24) Agriculture, cultivated and uncultivated lands, wages, etc. 25) Manufactures, mines and fisheries 26) Grants of land 27) Gaols and Prisoners 28) Charitable and literary institutions.

Great Britain. Colonial Office

Blue books of the Colony of Vancouver Island

Series consists of ~blue books~ containing a compilation of statistical information, public accounts and general information about the Colony of Vancouver Island. Each volume includes a table of contents and includes the following sections: 1) Taxes, duties and other sources of revenue 2) Fees 3) Revenue and expenditure 4) Comparative yearly statements of revenue and expenditure 5) Local revenue 6) public debt 7) Military expenditure: militia 8) Public works 9) Legislation: laws, proclamations, etc 10) Political Franchise 11) Council and assembly 12) Civil establishment 13) Officer who have given security for discharge of their duties 14) Pensions 15) Abstract of expenditure for civil, judicial, ecclesiastical establishments, etc 16) Foreign consuls 17) Population 18) Savings banks, friendly societies, immigrants and emigrants, etc. 19) Ecclesiastical return 20) Education, newspapers and reviews 21) Coins exchanges, etc. 22) Imports and exports 23) Shipping 24) Agriculture, cultivated and uncultivated lands, wages, etc. 25) Manufactures, mines and fisheries 26) Grants of land 27) Gaols and Prisoners 28) Charitable and literary institutions.

Great Britain. Colonial Office

British Admiralty charts

This series consists of published charts produced by the Hydrographic Office of the British Admiralty.

Although the Admiralty Charts were designed to serve as navigational aids, they frequently contain extensive cultural and topographic information. Of particular interest to researchers engaged in First Nations studies is the appearance on early charts of First Nations villages and longhouses. Since the charts were usually based on new surveys, they provide invaluable information on the birth and development of nineteenth century BC coastal communities. Indeed, the charts often serve as the only available cartographic record of early settlements, and may depict such features as Hudson's Bay Company forts; prominent buildings and bridges; farms and field layouts; and railways, roads, and trails.

A guide to the symbols and abbreviations used on the charts is available in Chart X,II (CM/B2423 1911). The chart list identifies for each chart the edition date, as well as the date of the latest large and small corrections. Although the use of the terms edition and large and small corrections changed over time, the practice during much of the period in question appears to have been as follows. A new edition of a chart was generally produced only when the chart was thoroughly revised in content and style. When a chart received changes that were not so extensive as to require the preparation of new edition but were too extensive to be described in the Admiralty Notice to Mariners, the words "large corrections" together with the date of correction were entered near the bottom centre of the chart. When a chart was updated with changes that either appeared in the Notice to Mariners or were considered of no relevance to safe navigation, the words "small corrections" and the date of correction were entered in the bottom left corner of the chart. The number of the Notice in which small corrections were announced was sometimes also entered. Small corrections could be entered on the charts by hand, either at the hydrographic office itself or at the various agencies that sold the charts. Finally, since this series brings together items from diverse sources including other archival record units, it includes a variety of charts annotated by the charts' original users. Items containing significant annotations are identified in the chart list, but researchers are warned that in many cases it will be impossible to identify the persons responsible for the annotations.

Great Britain. Admiralty

British Columbia portion of 1881 census

GR-0469 consists of microfilm copies of the British Columbia portions of the 1881 Dominion of Canada census. The 1881 census was the first decennial census to include the Province of British Columbia. The census was carried out under the authority of the federal Census Act of 1879 [42 Vic., c.21]. It was administered by the Department of Agriculture and by fourteen Chief Census Officers who were appointed by cabinet. Joseph William McKay (1829-1900), the distinguished explorer, Hudson’s Bay Company officer, legislator, and Indian Agent, was the Chief Census Officer for British Columbia.

For the purposes of enumeration, British Columbia was divided into five census districts:, Cariboo, New Westminster, Vancouver, Victoria and Yale. The province was divided further into twenty six sub districts. Generally speaking, the census districts corresponded to federal electoral districts, while the sub districts corresponded to polling divisions within the districts.

The 1881 census was a de jure survey and 4 April 1881 was chosen as the target date of enumeration. That is, although the process of enumeration extended over many months, enumerators were instructed to record details of the population as they would have been on April 4th.

The census comprised eight schedules pertaining to population, property, agricultural production, manufacturing, fisheries and shipbuilding, etc. Of the schedules, only Schedule 1 (Nominal Return of the Living) survived in manuscript form.

The records contain a wealth of demographic and genealogical information. The Nominal Returns show the names of individuals and record details re: a person's residence, sex, age, place of birth, nationality, religion, occupation, marital status, literacy, and infirmities. Researchers should note that individuals were not listed alphabetically on the census schedules; rather, they were recorded consecutively as they were met by enumerators. Because of this method of enumeration, it is sometimes difficult to locate a particular person or family within a census sub district.

Having identified a particular sub district listed in the finding aid, researchers should search the appropriate reel (B00389 or B00390) for copies of the Nominal Returns for that area. Note: letters identifies sub-districts, and in some instances, sub districts were divided into two or three localities.

Canada. Census Office

British Columbia portion of 1901 census

1901 census: British Columbia Portion - Schedule 1 (Nominal Return of Living Persons); Schedule 2 (Return of Buildings and Lands, Schools and Churches); and Indian Reserves. A database of the 1901 census data is available through ArchiviaNet but can be searched by geographic location only. It is not searchable by family name.

Canada. Census Office

British Columbia portion of 1911 census

1911 census, British Columbia portion, Schedule 1 (Population). Includes information related to residence, marital status, age, place of birth, religion, racial or tribal origin, occupation, education, etc. Note that Alberta District 7 is included on the first reel. The records were originally filmed in 1955 and the paper records then destroyed. The microfilm quality is inconsistent and not all images are decipherable. A database of the 1911 census data is available through Library and Archives Canada (www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1911/Pages/about-census.aspx) and can be searched by keywords, surname, given name(s), age, and/or province.

Purchased from the National Archives of Canada March 2006.

For further research assistance visit Library and Archives Canada, Censuses (https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/Pages/census.aspx).

Canada. Census Office

British Columbia portions of the 1891 census

The series consists of microfilmed copies of the British Columbia portions of the 1891 census, created by the Census Office of Canada.

The records are arranged by the five federal census districts: Cariboo, New Westminster, Vancouver, Victoria and Yale and then by sub-district within each district.

Canada. Census Office

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