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Accessing Vital Records

                       St. Francis-in-the woods, queen's bay, circa 1914

                       St. Francis-in-the woods, queen's bay, circa 1914

The Diocese of Kootenay archives holdings go back to the 1880s.  Unlike a library, the archives cannot be browsed, but requests can be submitted to the archivist.  Most items are publically-accessible with the exception of House of Bishops’ material, legal matters, anything protected under solicitor-client privilege, personnel files, and refugee sponsorship details.  

     headstone in donald, BC cemetery - in memory of hellen harte              who died in 1892.         photo credit:  grant lockhart

     headstone in donald, BC cemetery - in memory of hellen harte              who died in 1892.         photo credit:  grant lockhart

The vital records comprise baptism, confirmation, marriage and burial records, as well as parish vestry books and banns notices.  Some parishes have very complete records;  other parishes have gaps in the records for various reasons.  Access to this information is governed by the BC Personal Information Protection Act.

         women's auxiliary at st. saviour's pro-cathedral, nelson 1912

         women's auxiliary at st. saviour's pro-cathedral, nelson 1912

Parish fonds include meeting minutes, annual reports, select service bulletins, Women's Auxiliary files, newspaper clippings, posters and invitations regarding parish events, photos, building plans and general correspondence.  The amount of archival material varies greatly from parish to parish.  For parishes who have benefited from archivally-minded parishioners, there is a lot of useful material.  For other parishes, however, there is very little information, or gaps in the material.

Special Collections

                                                camp owaissi in 1950

                                                camp owaissi in 1950

Other Resources

Sir Sam Steele (2nd from left) & Capt. Oscar Berry (4th from left) in 1917.  rev. Berry served as vicar at grand forks, bc from 1949-1952.  photo credit:  bruce peel collection, university of alberta

Sir Sam Steele (2nd from left) & Capt. Oscar Berry (4th from left) in 1917.  rev. Berry served as vicar at grand forks, bc from 1949-1952.  photo credit:  bruce peel collection, university of alberta

This section provides information about archival resources beyond the Diocese of Kootenay to help you in your search.

History of the Archives

      Katharine Crafter and Herbert Day - wedding at the cathedral                  church of st. michael & all Angels, kelowna  Nov. 14, 1928 

      Katharine Crafter and Herbert Day - wedding at the cathedral                  church of st. michael & all Angels, kelowna  Nov. 14, 1928