Welcom To Geneology Museum Resources
The Courtenay and District Museum Archives provides access to various records and holdings such as:

Microfilms and/or copies of various local newspapers:
  • Cumberland Islander 1910-193l
  • Courtenay Review 1912-1917, incomplete
  • Comox Argus 1920-1959
  • Comox District Free Press 1927-1994
  • Comox Valley Star 1973-1976
  • North Island Advertiser 1985-1989
  • North Island News 1990-1993
  • The Independent 1994-1995

People Profiles

  • Files on some of the first one hundred non-native early pioneers, and other Valley notables, indexed.

Newspaper Clipping Files

  • by subject from A-Z, includes files on British Columbia History and blacksmiths to Pioneers of the Comox Valley and War Brides.


  • Reprints of Comox Valley photographs are available for a small fee. Indexed albums are available in the library area for browsing.

Archive Research Materials

  • Telephone Books
  • City Directories
  • British Columbia Directories
  • Scrap books 1955-1968
  • Archival photographs ca.1890-1993
  • Diaries
  • Early Tax Assessment Rolls from 1897
  • Comox Logging and Railway Company Records
  • Ruth Masters Pictorial History of Comox Valley, Lest We Forget and Forbidden Plateau


  • Hunt for History hosted by Lynn Henderson and Judy Hagen, indexed

Cemetery Indexes

  • Courtenay Civic Cemetery
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Comox
  • Anglican Churches in the Comox Valley: St. John the Divine, St. Peter's Comox, St. Andrew's Sandwick, Holy Trinity Cumberland
  • Black Creek Cemetery

Research Library of local books including:

  • Land of Plenty, a history of the Comox Valley
  • Edge of Discovery, a history of the Campbell River district
  • One Hundred Spirited Years, a history of Cumberland 1888-1988
  • The Friendly Port, a history of Union bay 1880-1960
  • All About Us, a history of the City of Courtenay 1915-1975
  • My Ain Folk, history of Denman Island 1875-1975
  • Comox Valley Memories, stories about early life in central Vancouver Island
  • Minto 1867-1967
  • Images and Voices of Lighthouse Country, history of Deep Bay, Bowser, Qualicum Bay, Horne Lake

Historical Maps

  • Comox Valley original survey plan
  • Comox Harbour
  • Town sites and City of Courtenay
  • Forbidden Plateau
  • Index of various regional maps

Campbell River Museum

  • http://www.island.net/~crm_chin/
    The archives and research centre holds a wealth of information relating to settlement and industrial history of the northern Vancouver Island area.

Cumberland Museum and Archives

British Columbia Archives

  • http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca
    Provides access to records, including:
    • government documents and records
    • private historical manuscripts and papers
    • maps, charts and architectural plans
    • photographs, paintings, drawings and prints
    • audio and videotapes, film
    • newspapers
    • extensive library of publications

British Columbia Archival Union List

Archives of Ontario

  • http://www.archives.gov.on.ca
    Includes major genealogical holdings for Ontario such as:
    • vital statistics (birth, death, marriage)
    • court records and wills
    • land records
    • links to other genealogical resources

Vancouver Island Regional Library

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