Members’ Research and Indexing Projects

BCGS Members’ Indexing Projects

Many BCGS members have their own genealogical and historical indexing projects. With their permission, some of these will be featured here. So far, we have indexes for research on nuns in BC, for Maillardville (Coquitlam), BC, for BC community cook books, and for early vehicle permit holders.

See also Members’ Websites, and Members’ Interests for surnames and places members are researching.

SPIRITED WOMEN – Index.   This is an index to the book, Spirited Women: A History of Catholic Sisters in British Columbia, by Deborah Rink (Vancouver: Sisters’ Association Archdiocese of Vancouver, 2000).  Indexed and contributed by Maurice Guibord. This book will soon be available in the BCGS Walter Draycott Library.

Maillardville – Index Cumulatif for Maillardville, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Compiled by Maurice Guibord. Includes a list of ‘Maillardville Pioneers’. 168 pages. In French and English, (.pdf file)

Indexed in this publication are the following books:

Paré, Antonio G. (Tony), My Memoirs of Le Vieux Maillardville. Self-published, 1997, 356 pages.

Debeugny, Florence. Maillardville: 100 ans et plus – 100 years and beyond. Société francophone de Maillardville, 2009, 238 pages, plus a CD of a 16-minute film also titled Maillardville: 100 ans et plus – 100 years and beyond.

Spagnolo, Alexandre and Catou Lévesque. Regards sur Maillardville avec la Liste des mariages célébrés de 1911 à 1950, Vancouver, Société Historique Franco-Colombienne, 1980, 32 pages.

The index’s author, Maurice Guidbord. welcomes reports of errors or omissions at: mguibord @

You may also be interested in the article, “Maillardville, a francophone community in British Columbia” by Geneviève Lapointe in the Encyclopedia of French Cultural Heritage in North America. That article offers downloads of two history pamphets, one on the Maillardville parish of Notre-Dame de Lourdes, and the other illustrates a walking tour of Maillardville.

20 Year Province Subscribers, 1929

BCGS Member Alice Marwood has compiled a list of long time Vancouver Province subscribers as published in the newspaper’s ‘Honour Roll’. This includes over 2700 names of subscribers from around British Columbia.

20 Year Province Subscribers Index

British Columbia Community Cook Book Index

This on-going index includes the surnames, given names and residences for people, usually shown as contributors, mentioned in cook books organized and/or published by community groups in British Columbia and/or other parts of Canada.

Contact M. Diane Rogers diane_rogers @ for details or to add more information. In most cases, where it appears an individual appears in the index two or more times, duplicate entries have been omitted here.

Currently this index includes these cook books:

Reference CC – The Canadian Cookbook. British Columbia names only in this index. Davis & Lawrence Company, Montreal.No publication date given.

Reference DCCC – Home Town Recipes of Dawson Creek. Dawson Creek Ladies Curling Club, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada. Women’s Clubs Publishing Co., Ltd. Chicago, Illinois, USA. No publication date given.

Reference GGGV – Girl Guide Cook Book, compiled and arranged by the Guides of Greater Vancouver, British Columbia. No date given, but from internal evidence, after 1932.

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British Columbia Auto Permit Holders, 1904-1905

This indexing project is on-going and is part of a project documenting early vehicle owners in British Columbia, Canada, and, where possible, their vehicles.This particular information has been extracted from BC Motor Vehicle Branch records held by the British Columbia Archives. In some Autos at Shoal Bay, near Oak Bay, Victoria, BC. c. 1905cases, additional information is available from the indexer, who would be happy too to hear from those with more information about the vehicle owner or their vehicles. Please contact M. Diane Rogers: diane_rogers @

The photograph shows ‘Autos at Shoal Bay, near Oak Bay, Victoria, BC’, circa 1905, from a booklet, Souvenir of Victoria, B.C., published by F.W. Woolworth. Private collection.

Tales from the Back Bumper: A Century of BC Licence Plates by Christopher Garrish has just been published. Watch for a review on the BCGS website soon. See Christopher John Garrish’s website,, for BC licence plate history. He intends to publish copies of the early registers on-line and has the page images of vehicle registrations from 19131920 available already.

Year# of PermitName of OwnerAddress
19041John BamsleyVictoria
19042Capt. J. W. TroupVictoria
19043W. M. Le Poor TrenchSaanich
19044Dr. E C HartVictoria
19045Geo. Collins47 Henry St. Victoria
19046B. T. RogersVancouver
19047W.D. HaywoodVancouver
19048C. CockingVancouver
19049E. S.(?) WilbandVancouver
190410Wm. RalphVancouver
190411R. T. ButchartVictoria
190412R. D. McPhailVancouver
190413A. E. ToddVictoria
190414W. C. ToddVictoria
190415W. V.? A. FentonVancouver
190416O. T. SwitzerAtlin
190417R. J. JamisonVancouver
190418John WilliamsVancouver
190419M. HutchisonJohn (Joan) St. Victoria
190420James StarkVancouver
190421Gerald WilliamsVernon
190422W. J. Fenton and J. McIntyreVancouver
190423W. W. SpinksVernon
190424Geo. P. WernerVernon
190425A. J. GarescheVictoria
190426E.S.J. McClintockArmstrong
190427T. N. FletcherArmstrong
190428H. F. DittbermerVancouver
190429Dr. H. N. RiggsVancouver
190430Dr. A. J. GarischeVictoria
190431C. H. RobsonNew Westminster
190432Ed. P. ColleyVictoria
190533James DickNanaimo
190534J. D. QuinnNanaimo
190535J. G. BurnhamNanaimo
190536Geo. McDonaldVancouver
190537J. N. FisherVictoria
190538John A. Hall142 Katherine St., Victoria
190539Fred MooreCarr t., Victoria
190540D. BoscowityUnion Club, Victoria
190541A. ToddVictoria
190542N. C. Todd218 Johnson St., Victoria
190522W. & A. Fenton & J. M. McIntyreVancouver
190543Vancouver Automobile & Bicycle Coy.Vancouver
190544Geo. F. Davies
190520Jas. StarkVancouver
190545E. LangworthyVictoria
190546Wm. HuntVancouver
1905D. R. KerVictoria
1905R. F. VerrendenVictoria
190547Chas. H. BarkerNanaimo
190548Jas. E. BarnesVancouver
190515W. & A. FentonVancouver
19056B.T. RogersVancouver
190549W. L. ChallonerVictoria
190550F. A. StewartVancouver
190551C. C. CarpenterVernon
190521G. WilliamsVernon
190524G. P. WernerVernon
190552D. H. BaleLeighton Rd., Victoria
190552aF. W. StevensonVictoria
190553Wm. ScottVernon
190554?Jas. HowardVancouver
190554J. E. Barrett & Co.Vancouver
190555Jas. HowardVancouver
190556J. Reigheubach & Co.New Westminster
190557Fredk. MooreVictoria
190558J. A. SaywardVictoria