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  • Quick Facts about British Columbia - coat of arms, flag, flower, dimensions, stats & more !

  • Archival Repositories in BC – links and addresses for all community, corporate & academic archives in BC, including a description of the extent, nature and scope of their holdings.

  • BC Archives – on-line access to the province’s Vital Statistics, visual & cartographic records.

  • BC History site – comprehensive links to sources & sites by category, including historical associations, collections & academic resources; periodicals & publishers of British Columbiana and Canadiana; online exhibits; awards, scholarships, announcements & conferences about and for historians; links to archives world-wide that have BC historical content in their collections.

  • Canadian Geographical Names Database – a registry of all official names in Canada, updated at varying intervals from provincial & territorial databases.

  • Canadian Geographical Names Educational Resources - information about Canada's provinces, territories, capital cities and national parks; origins of some Aboriginal com  munity names; and selected articles about place names across the country. Guidelines for translating place names.

  • Geographical Names Board of Canada - a national committee, dating back to 1897, comprised of a representative from each province and territory, and from various federal departments concerned with mapping, translation, statistics, archives, defence, national parks and Indian lands. The GNBC is co-ordinated by a Secretariat in Ottawa; the Secretariat itself has no power to accept or reject a particular name (the authority to accept or reject geographical names lies with the province or territory where the feature is situated, or the federal agency that administers the property).

  • Hudson’s Bay Company Archives - holdings, inter-library loans and on-line resources.

  • Index of Settlements, Electoral Districts & MLA's - alphabetical listing of communities in British Columbia, and their respective electoral district and MLA.

  • Maps & History Navigator - Heritage Map Museum’s comprehensive links to history & cartography resources worldwide, organized by geographic region, theme and historical timeline.

  • Thesaurus of Geographic Names – locate named places throughout the world using the official, vernacular, historic or English name; contains entries for 900,000 places world-wide, plus dates of incorporation or change.

  • Rootsweb - a huge genealogy site featuring how-to guides, searchable databases, and international bulletin boards.

  • US Geographical Names – query by name to access almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States.

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