Descendancy and related searches

Selected sources for descendancy research, mainly related to British Columbia.

Genealogical descendancy research is often useful in legal cases, tracing heirs, for example, in genealogical cousin quests, in finding relatives who emigrated to Canada, or in adoption or related searches.

Initial sources could include older birth, marriage and death registrations and censuses, obituaries, certainly cemetery information, city directories, and voters’ lists, and perhaps probate records or land records.

The BC Genealogical Society (BCGS)’s BC Research Committee does offer lookup services for many types of BC records and for BCGS’s unique resources.
For BC Newspapers on-line, see the BCGS Newspaper and Obituaries page
For BC Cemeteries, see the BCGS Cemetery Committee page

Easy Steps to Descendancy Research, 4 min. video/handout, FamilySearch Learning Center lesson: https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/easy-steps-to-descendancy-research/877

Descendancy Research, 40 min. video, FamilySearch Learning Center lesson: https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/descendancy-research/568

BC Vital Statistics Agency.

Historical birth, marriage and death registration records are indexed and available on-line at both the BC Archives and FamilySearch websites. Neither website has all the records, so you may need to search both.
BC Archives, Genealogy: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/basicSearch
FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1929958?region=Canada&englishRegion=Canada
Contact the BC Vital Statistics Agency for information on obtaining more recent documents and for adoption records: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/vital-statistics
Adoption Records: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/vital-statistics/births-adoptions/adoptions/adoption-records

BC Adoption Reunion Registry: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/adoption/reunion/
Adoption Reunion Registry Stories: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/adoption/reunion/reunion_stories.htm

BC Directories to 1955, free at Vancouver Public Library in Online Resources, Local History: http://www.vpl.ca/find/cat/C1000/ The BCGS Library has directories and telephone books – see the BCGS on-line directory catalogue. Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch and other libraries may have directories and telephone books which are not yet on-line. For BC local libraries, see the BCGS BC Public Libraries page

1921 Canadian Census, indexed. Free at Ancestry.ca: http://www.ancestry.ca/1921census

1901/1911 Canada census, also 1906 Canadian prairies census, Indexed; free, Automated Genealogy: http://www.automatedgenealogy.com/

Canadian national voters’ lists, 1936-1980. $ Ancestry.com. The BCGS Library and some local libraries may offer free access to Ancestry Library Edition: www.ancestry.ca Regional and local archives may have provincial and civic voters’ lists. See MemoryBC for contact details for archival repositories in BC and to search for record descriptions.

Forget Me Not Society: www.adoptioncircles.net

Adoptive Families Association of BC:
www.adoptionbc.com

Parent Finders: www.parentfindersottawa.ca

DNA and adoption research, Richard Hill. Richard Hill is the author of Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA (2012) and Guide to DNA Testing: How to Identify Ancestors, Confirm Relationships, and Measure Ethnic Ancestry through DNA Testing (2014): www.DNA-testing-advisor.com

DNAAdoption – “A team of knowledgeable genealogists, citizen scientists, geneticists and IT professionals” offering information, advice and on-line classes to anyone looking for “unknown ancestors”: http://www.dnaadoption.com/

Yukon man obtains citizenship despite no birth certificate, May 22, 2015, City News: http://www.citynews.ca/2015/05/22/decades-long-citizenship-battle-ends-for-yukon-man-whos-now-officially-canadian/

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About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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