Hear ye, hear ye! If you are interested in British Columbia, and the people who made it what it is today, then the British Columbia Project might be for you!
I'm not going to pick a theme this month. Instead, I'll link to some British Columbians in the news, talk about the site that makes BC just about the easiest place in the world to do genealogy, and link to the previous issues, plus a couple of other notes about BC-related resources that you may have missed.
British Columbians in the News
When I first started getting serious about genealogy, I came across the BC Archives site pretty quickly. I love it: it's free, you don't have to sign up for it, and, with some exceptions, it lists everybody who was born in British Columbia up to 1903, everybody who was married in British Columbia up to 1941, and everybody who died in British Columbia up to 1996. (The government of B.C. only started registering births in B.C. in 1854, and marriages and deaths in 1872, but the archives also hold church records for baptisms from 1859 to 1872, and marriages from 1836 to 1888.)
I had such success in tracking back my own family (at least from the time that various branches arrived in B.C.) that I thought, "This is so easy! Why do people talk like genealogy is hard work?" It took me a while to realise that not all jurisdictions make their BMD records available for free like B.C. does. For the years between when the public records begin and privacy rules start to kick in (which, admittedly, isn't very long), B.C. has to be just about the easiest place in the world to do genealogical research.
For an example, see the WikiTree profile for "Boss" Johnson, the 24th Premier of B.C. At the time I write this post, most of the information on his profile comes from the BC Archives. (There is more to find, of course, and he still needs to be connected, but the basics are there, including leads to other people.)
Currently, I'm going through my watchlist in order by birthdate, and putting in sourced death dates and places (where I can find them on the BC Archives site) for the B.C. residents on my watchlist who have gone Unlisted because they didn't have death dates on their profiles.
British Columbia Challenge (June 2017)
British Columbia Monthly - September 2017
British Columbia Monthly - October 2017
University of British Columbia graduate lists
Historical blogs about Vancouver, British Columbia