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Summonses and other material

  • GR-2528
  • Series
  • 1864-1871

Miscellaneous court documents, civil and criminal, at all court levels. Includes summonses, exhibits, warrants, orders, affidavits and sheriff forms, from Barkerville, Quesnel, Soda Creek, Richfield and Lytton.

British Columbia (Colony). County Court (Cariboo West)

Small Debts Court ledger and ledger of advances

  • GR-3611
  • Series
  • 1941-1952

The series consists of one ledger that includes both advance and refund information as well as balances from the Barkerville Small Debts Court. The first ten pages of the ledger appear to have been used by the Government Agent in Barkerville, and provide information on cash advances and refunds from 1941 to 1948. Many of the advances were made to police constables, and included in the ledger are several “Authority for Cash Advance” forms addressed to the Government Agent at Barkerville and signed by Sergeant T. R. Baker, who may have been provincial police sergeant Thomas Raymond Baker.

The second half of the ledger includes a list of receipts and disbursements for the Small Debts Court, presumed to be at Barkerville.

British Columbia. Government Agent (Barkerville)

Richfield Magistrate's charge and sentence books

  • GR-0598
  • Series
  • 1862-1917

This series consists of three volumes of Richfield Magistrate's record books. Volumes are a charge and sentence book, 1862-1874; charge and sentence book, 1974-1978, containing licencing records kept by the court registry, 1878-1907; and a notebook, 1887-1914, recording Magistrate's court cases at Richfield, Small Debts Court cases at Richfield and some cases at Soda Creek and Quesnel.

British Columbia. Provincial Court (Richfield)

Richfield Government Agent correspondence inward

  • GR-1676
  • Series
  • 1892-1894

This series contains letters inward to John Bowron, Government Agent and Gold Commissioner, Richfield, 6 June 1892 - 30 September 1894, 2 vols. Each volume contains a nominal list of correspondents.

British Columbia. Government Agent (Richfield)

Register of assays

  • GR-0192
  • Series
  • 1869-1895

The series consists of a register of assays created by the Assay Office and Government Reduction Works at Barkerville between 1869 and 1895.

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner (Barkerville)

Records of the Deputy Provincial Secretary

  • GR-1661
  • Series
  • 1954-1983

This series contains records of the Deputy Provincial Secretary relating to the operations of the Ministry's branches. Many of these records deal with heritage conservation, museums, and cultural organizations. Records also deal with the administration of Royal Canadian Humane Association awards for bravery and life-saving.

GR-1661 is a pot-pourri of records accumulated by the office of the Deputy Provincial Secretary and by his various Assistant Deputy Ministers.The diversity of this collection is testimony to the multi- faceted operations and responsibilities of the Provincial Secretary's department.

A substantial number of the files deal with Heritage Conservation policies and heritage sites, such as Craigflower Schoolhouse, Barkerville, and Fort Steele.Many of the files also deal with cultural organizations and activities, with provincial fitness and recreation programmes, and with special interest groups.Other files in this unit pertain to the Royal Canadian Humane Association awards for bravery (which were coordinated by the ministry), to specific legislation re:the provincial flag, the provincial tartan, etc., and to the organization of out-of-town cabinet meetings.

Other records related to the British Columbia Heritage Trust are: GR-2941, GR-3692 and GR-3432. See also records created by the Heritage Conservation Branch.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Records of the Assistant Commissioner of Lands and Works, Cariboo District

  • GR-0824
  • Series
  • 1863-1893

This series consists of 11 volumes of records of the Assistant Commissioner of Lands and Works, Cariboo District, 1863-1893. Records include certificates of pre-emption, certificates of improvement, lot register of Group 1, Cariboo District, sale of town lots of Richfield, Barkerville, Cameronton, and Quesnellemouth, and certificates of purchase. Also contains water rights recorded for irrigation purposes and an accounts book.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Record of pre-emption records cancelled in Barkerville Assessment District

  • GR-1142
  • Series
  • 1911-1923

This series include a summary of pre-emption records cancelled in the Barkerville Assessment District. The series contains one volume of a register that contains the name and number of the pre-emption record, the lot number and acreage, and the date and cause of cancellation.

British Columbia. Government Agent (Barkerville)

Record of naturalization and other material

  • GR-0588
  • Series
  • 1872-1913

This series consists of 8 volumes of birth, marriage, death and naturalization records from the Department of the Provincial Secretary from 1872-1913 for various parts of the province. The volumes are:
Vol. 1 - Record of naturalization, Lillooet, B.C. (1913)
Vol. 2 - marriage register, Yale, B.C. (1911)
Vol. 3 - index to register of births, Hope, B.C. (n.d.)
Vol. 4 - index to register of marriages (1872-1886)
Vol. 5 - index to register of deaths (1872-1877)
Vol. 6 - marriage register, Cariboo district (1874-1905)
Vol. 7 - birth register (1913)
Vol. 8 - death register (1913)

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Quesnel Forest District resource management records

  • GR-4062
  • Series
  • 1982-2002

This series consists of a variety of records related to resource use and recreation management created from 1982-2002 by the Quesnel Forest District, a division of the Cariboo Forest Region. These records relate to the use and management of natural resources in the area, as well as recreation resources in Provincial forests. This includes trails and historical sites with value for tourism or other recreational uses. The records document the location, management, promotion and use of such sites.

The series includes the following types of records:

Local Resource Use Plans (LRUP) for the Barkerville and Blackwater areas. These plans are designed to resolve resource use conflicts in specific areas at the local level.

Resource management inventory files relate to the identification of the present and future opportunities from the Provincial Forest recreation resource, such as heritage trails. This also includes files on archaeological sites.

Resource management planning records relate to the establishment of recreation management objectives for the Provincial Forest recreation resource. Includes general information about types of plans as well as specific information concerning individual plans including: provincial, regional and district recreation plans, rivers and trails plans, cave or karst management plans, and historic (heritage) trail management plans.

Forest Service project site/trail files relate to the routine maintenance, rehabilitation and development of Forest Service recreation sites and trails. Includes records relating to the planning, designation, assessment, design and construction of recreation sites and trails.

Recreation brochures and maps were used to inform the public about forest etiquette, integrated resource management practices and field conditions. Also includes information about recreation signs and posters as well as general tourism information and notable sites in the area.

The series also includes procedures on the following subjects: recreation program implementation referrals; commercial use of crown forests; and resource management inventories.

Types of records vary widely, but can include correspondence, reports, studies, published material, photos, and maps.

The ministries responsible for creating these records, and the years that they were responsible, are:
Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)

The records were classified as 12600-20, 16350-02, 16350-20, 16350-40, 16350-50, 16400-20, 16400-40, 16400-50, 16400-60, 16610-02, 16660-20, 16660-40, 16700-05, 16700-06, 16800-20 and 16080-02 in the Forest Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).

British Columbia. Quesnel Forest District

Presentments of the Grand Jurors

  • GR-2947
  • Series
  • 1867

Presentments of the Grand Jurors in and for the District of Cariboo East, July 1867. The report is submitted by J.H. Todd (foreman) to Chief Justice Begbie and reports on the Jury's inspection of the hospital, jail, court house, sidewalks and roads, fire hazards in town particularly the need for an explosives storehouse, the need for better trails to outlying creeks and the annoyance caused by an unnecessary number of dogs. Chief Justice Begbie responds to each of these points in his covering letter forwarding the presentments to the Colonial Secretary.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Barkerville)

Naturalization case files

  • GR-2348
  • Series
  • 1914-1959

Naturalization case files (1914-1959), plus three files of correspondence regarding naturalization applications (1944-1958) and one file of correspondence, circulars, regulations, forms, fee schedules, etc. from the federal government (1948-1955).

British Columbia. County Court (Barkerville)

Mechanics' Liens

  • GR-2347
  • Series
  • 1934-1953

Mechanics' Liens from 1934-1942, 1945, 1950, 1953.

British Columbia. County Court (Barkerville)

Lot registers and other material

  • GR-1374
  • Series
  • 1861-1972

This series contains the records of the Gold Commissioner, Government Agent, and Assistant Land Commissioner, Cariboo District (Quesnel). The records consist of lot registers, certificates of purchase, certificates of pre-emption, registers of pre-emptions (canceled and allowed), registers of land applications and lands purchased, register of leaves of absence granted pre-emption on active service, minute books containing lot register of lands along the route of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, and registers of hay and pasture land leases. The series also includes townsite registers for Quesnel, Barkerville, and Wells and lot registers for some townships in the Peace River Block. Volumes 89-98 and 153-158 are oversize.

British Columbia. Cariboo Land District

Lawrence J. Wallace fonds

  • PR-2372
  • Fonds
  • 1862-2002

The fonds consists of records created or acquired by Wallace in the course of his life as a teacher, public servant and retired member of the community.

The records reflect events held across the province in celebrations of the 4 centennials in British Columbia in 1958, 1966, 1967, and 1971.

The records are primarily photograph albums or scrapbooks and were arranged by Wallace as volumes in chronological order.

A small number of records contain correspondence and personal records related to Wallace’s family history in addition to collected ephemera related to centennial celebrations.

Published material included in the donation has been transferred to the archives’ library.

Wallace, Lawrence James, 1913-2006

Historical material for theatrical application

  • GR-0318
  • Series
  • Photocopied 1977

This series consists of dossiers of photocopied historical material for theatrical application, including: 1. Barkerville, the Cariboo Gold Rush; 2, Fort Steele, the Kootenay Gold Rush; 3. Fort Steele, East Kootenay in the 1880's; 4. Fort Steele, East Kootenay, 1890-1905.

British Columbia. Parks Branch

Cariboo Small Debts Court cause books

  • GR-0043
  • Series
  • 1895-1950

The series consists of two cause books from the Small Debts Court in Barkerville. The first, in accession 75-G-053, was created between November 1933 and September 1940. This volume also includes proceedings under the Deserted Wives Maintenance Act. The series also includes a Sheriff's record book for the County Court of Cariboo, created between April 1895 and September 1899, listing summonses issued and served in Quesnel, 150 Mile House, Soda Creek, Richfield, Ashcroft Station and Clinton. The second Barkerville cause book, in accession 83-0774, was created between February 1941 and February 1950. It includes receipts issued by the Gold Commissioner’s office at Barkerville.

The series also consists of one ledger created solely by the County Court of Cariboo for small debts cases heard in Quesnel and Williams Lake. The cause book is arranged chronologically, but there is a loose alphabetical index included in the volume. Cases dating from 1921-1923 were heard in Williams Lake, and cases from 1925-1948 were heard in Quesnel. The spine bindings on this volume indicate that the ledger may have originally been in the possession of the the Government Agent of 150 Mile House.

British Columbia. County Court (Cariboo)

Cariboo government office records

  • GR-4063
  • Series
  • 1868-1895

This series consists of a wide variety of records received or created by government offices in the Cariboo region from 1868 to 1895. Most of the records are addressed to government officials or were created by courts in the following places: Richfield, Barkerville, Quesnelle Forks and other locations in the Cariboo district. Over the years, the government offices responsible for the entire Cariboo district were located in each of these towns. The majority of the records appear to have been received by the Government Office, Richfield.

At this time government offices held a very wide range of responsibilities which could be done by as few as one person. The records relate to several government officials: the Gold Commissioner, Government Agent, Magistrate, County Court judge and Supreme Court judge.

The majority of the records are related to leasing, purchasing or gaining access to water for mining claims. This includes some records from the Gold Commissioner court.

There are also many county court and supreme court records. These records include summons; wills; probate and other estate records; search warrants; assizes; court transcripts; evidence; coroner inquest records; and assize court calendars.

Other types of records include general correspondence from settlers; census data; voters lists; criminal statistics; Land Ordinances; pre-emption records and other records related to the Land Act; naturalization oaths; indentures; receipts and financial records; maps; petitions for liquor licences; and a BC Savings Bank (Cariboo Branch) depositors book.

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner (Cariboo)

Cariboo Government Agent correspondence and other material

  • GR-0216
  • Series
  • 1860-1938

The series consists of records created by the Government Agent and the Gold Commissioner of the Cariboo District, between 1860 and 1938. It includes correspondence inward and outward; court, mining, land, financial and administrative records.

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner (Cariboo)

Cariboo District water rights records

  • GR-0842
  • Series
  • 1897-1917

This series consists of records of the Water Commissioner, Barkerville, B.C. related to water rights, 1897-1917. Includes grants of water rights, water licenses, applications for water licenses, and plans accompanying applications for water record.

British Columbia. Water Rights Branch. Cariboo Water District

Cariboo District naturalizations index

  • GR-0006
  • Series
  • 1906-1914

The series consists of a naturalization index for the Cariboo District from December 1906 to June 1914, created under the Naturalization Act (RSC, 1906, Cap. 77). The entries in the index are by name and are arranged chronologically and alphabetically.

British Columbia. County Court (Barkerville)

Cariboo District naturalizations index

  • GR-0007
  • Series
  • 1914-1929, 1934-1955

The series consists of naturalization indexes arranged chronologically and alphabetically and created under the Naturalization Act (RSC, 1906, Cap. 77).. The first index covers the Cariboo District for June 1914 to September 1929 and the second volume covers the period 1934 to 1955.

British Columbia. County Court (Barkerville)

Cariboo District firm individual index books

  • GR-0010
  • Series
  • 1900-1918

The series consists of Firm individual index books for the Cariboo District, from January 1900 to April 1918.

British Columbia. County Court (Barkerville)

Cariboo District firm declaration book

  • GR-0009
  • Series
  • 1900-1954

The series consists of a Firm declaration book for Cariboo district for the period January 1900 to October 1954. The book has has an index volume for the period after 1918.

British Columbia. County Court (Barkerville)

Cariboo District business record collection

  • PR-2175
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1863-1907]

Consists of a collection of unidentified account books from hotels, businesses and mining companies in the Cariboo district. The records have been acquired by the archives over a number of years and placed into this collection.

Barkerville Supreme Court civil case files

  • GR-2023
  • Series
  • 1939

Civil case files for 3 cases: L.W. King vs. Buckley's Pharmacy (K/3/39) and Workmen's Compensation Board vs. Consolidated Gold Alluvials of B.C. (W/l/41). This series includes adoption files.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Barkerville)

Barkerville Supreme and County Court grants of letters probate

  • GR-3681
  • Series
  • 1941-1949

The series consists of 1 volume of grants of letters probate created in the Supreme and County Courts at Barkerville between 1941 and 1949. Forms typically include name and residence of deceased and the name of the executor(s). Records from County and Supreme Courts are bound in the same volume.

Records in this series are arranged chronologically.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Barkerville)

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