Listed below are some recommended digital resources. This wonderful project, which was only about 30 percent finished in 2009, when Raincoast Place Names was published, allows users to search for and sort a wealth of place name data. The genealogical indexes are pure gold, but general searches can also turn up much that is intriguing and unexpected. The visual records are extraordinary. A searchable database with over 150,000 records, including nominal census records from 1871 to 1911. Complimentary records include directories, tax assessment rolls and maps of the cities of Nanaimo and Victoria. The 1901 Victoria census (which covers the area from Port Renfrew to the Gulf Islands) has had a great deal of material added from other sources, making it one of the most useful databases of its kind. An exemplary research site for anyone wishing to explore Victoria’s Colonist newspaper in detail. See also Everything you ever wanted to know about the Royal Engineers and Royal Marines who served in BC. Surprisingly forthright biographical entries on employees of the Hudson’s Bay Company, created from the company’s archives. A specialized but very informative website on the personnel, vessels and history of the Canadian Hydrographic Service. The Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online has authoritative articles on major BC historical figures, complete with source information. Extensive data on BC writers and books about the province. A comprehensive collection of searchable BC city directories dating between 1860 and 1901—one of many digital resources provided by the Vancouver Public Library. A wide range of early Canadian books can be viewed here in their entirety. See also and The Alejandro Malaspina Research Centre, operated by Vancouver Island University, is a fine source of biographical data on the Spanish explorers of the Pacific Northwest. This extraordinary site, the work of New Zealand historian John Robson, is dedicated to James Cook, George Vancouver and other 18th-century explorers and traders who were active in the Pacific Northwest. The annual reports of BC’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum 

Military-heritage/military-medals Information on military medals, honours and awards, 1812–1969. Similarly detailed information on Royal Canadian Air Force personnel who served during World War II (site loads slowly)