Version 2 of the British Columbia Cemetery Finding Aid (BCCFA), contains more than 344,000 entries and includes 264 British Columbia cemeteries and 2 Washington state cemeteries. This version includes all previous BCCFA entries.
For those familiar with the Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid (OCFA), you will notice many similarities. Except for the difficulty in choosing an effective method to describe the location of each British Columbia cemetery, researchers will find that this database virtually mirrors the conventions and data fields of OCFA.
I would like to extend my very sincere thanks to each and every volunteer whose name appears on the "BCCFA honour roll". All of them have contributed to the growth of the BCCFA database.
I would also like to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts put forth by Lynda M. Cunningham, Lois Richardson and Judy Wasylenko as they have played a major role in the significant increase of entries included in this version.
Sadly, I announce the sudden passing of a truly dedicated BCCFA and OCFA volunteer. Marjorie Beattie's eagerness to sacrifice many hours of her leisure time to support these projects will be very sincerely missed.
Patricia Adams, Cranbrook, British Columbia
Laurette Agnew, Sidney, British Columbia
Fran Aitkens, Victoria, British Columbia
Bedford Bates, Saanich, British Columbia
Marjorie Beattie, Victoria, British Columbia
Sharon Bodard, Saanich, British Columbia
Fred Braches, Whonnock, British Columbia
Peg Briscoe, Sooke, British Columbia
Roberta Case, Campbell River, British Columbia
Lynda M. Cunningham, Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Priscilla Lowe, Duncan, British Columbia
Ron Demaray, Metchosin, British Columbia
Judi Duncan, Campbell River, British Columbia
Doug Foreman, Kamloops, British Columbia
Chuck Harris, Comox Valley, British Columbia
Lee Harris, Comox Valley, British Columbia
Joanne Joyce Hughes, Victoria, British Columbia
Susan Hyde, Burnaby, British Columbia
Gayle Jesperson, Kelwona, British Columbia
E. F. Jones, Savona, British Columbia
Erich Ledwon, Topley, British Columbia
Priscilla Lowe, Duncan, British Columbia
Lorna MacDougall, Aldergrove, British Columbia
John MacDowell, Colwood, British Columbia
Ian K. McKenzie, Langford, British Columbia
Jean F. Milne, Vancouver, British Columbia
Chuck Osborne, Surrey, British Columbia
Barbara Page, Comox Valley, British Columbia
Allyn Parker, Port Alberni, British Columbia
Isabel Parker, Port Alberni, British Columbia
Lois Richardson, Vancouver, British Columbia
Barbara Rowbotham, Campbell River, British Columbia
Barbara Saur, Sooke, British Columbia
Dianne Skinner, Sidney, British Columbia
Howie Skinner, Sidney, British Columbia
Barbara Szalanski, Cranbrook, British Columbia
Jessica Veinot, Metchosin, British Columbia
Muriel Walton, Castlegar, British Columbia
Lynn Washington, Dawson Creek, British Columbia
Judy Wasylenko, Victoria, British Columbia
Cathy White, Surrey, British Columbia
Marie Williams, Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Chris Willmot, Ladysmith, British Columbia
Richard Wolff, Castlegar, British Columbia
This database is intended *only* as a "pointer" database. It consists of the surnames, cemetery name and location of more than 344,000 entries collected from records and headstone inscriptions associated with 264 cemeteries situated in the province of British Columbia, Canada and two from the state of Washington, USA. Please note that in some cases, listed individuals may *not* be interred in these cemeteries but were mentioned in the source records or on the headstone.
Definitely! If you have access to cemetery/church burial records, cemetery transcription indices, or have transcribed a cemetery or have collected cemetery data in the course of your pursuit of British Columbia ancestors and want to share your efforts, please contact me:
Internet - Email - firstname.lastname@example.org URL - http://www.islandnet.com/bccfa/ Snail mail - Metchosin Central Box 48058, 3575 Douglas St, Victoria, BC, Canada, V8Z 7H5.
Without doubt, the BCCFA database contains errors. The data entry process from headstone to BCCFA includes many steps and comes from many sources.... inaccuracies are inevitable. Please do not hesitate to point out any errors or omissions that you encounter. Such corrections will be incorporated in the next release of BCCFA.
Good luck with your research. I hope this first release of the British Columbia Cemetery Finding Aid is helpful in locating some of your ancestors.
Copyright (C), 1998, 1999, 2000 Ron Demaray.
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