Births, Marriages, Deaths, Social Events, and more
From Victoria, BC, Canada and beyond

Over 58,000 entries

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This is a volunteer produced index of obituaries, births, marriages, engagements, change of name notices, anniversaries, and other social events, created from a large assortment of newspaper clippings.  A list of types of events and abbreviations is provided below.

Entries are included from across Canada, although primarily from the Victoria BC area.  A list of newspapers and their locations is provided below.

Event dates are generally in the 1900s, with some as recent as 2003. 

Coverage is not complete for any given date, location and/or newspaper.

Each event is indexed by the primary name stated in the announcement.  If you find a name of interest in the index, you can order digital copies of the complete notice, or view the images and index at the VGS Genealogy Learning and Research Centre, Victoria BC.

Send us a query for further information.


This index is in PDF format, divided into 4 separate files to ensure manageable file sizes.

Names are sorted alphabetically by surname.
Click on the following links to open each file in a separate window or tab.

A to E     ~     F to K     ~     L to Q     ~     R to Z

This Newspaper Events Index was last updated in MAY 2016
and now includes a total of over 58,000 event entries.



Email your request for digital copies of the desired clippings to our VGS Query team at, or contact them by mail:

Victoria Genealogical Society
209 - 4475 Viewmont Avenue
Pennbridge Building, Royal Oak Shopping Centre
Victoria, BC Canada  V8Z 6L8

Please provide the complete name found in the newspaper index and the name of the associated event and newspaper for each request.

Fees will be charged for this service.  For details on amounts and payment procedures, please visit our VGS queries page.



The following newspapers are included in this index. Dates and number of entries for each newspaper vary.  Victoria newspapers are displayed in bold text, and together contain the majority of indexed events.

AA Armstrong Advertiser BC - British Columbia Armstrong
BS Brandon Sun MN - Manitoba Brandon
CH Calgary Herald AB - Alberta Calgary
CN Castle News BC - British Columbia Castlegar
CP Chilliwack Progress BC - British Columbia Chilliwack
CWC City Wide Classified BC - British Columbia Victoria
CA Comox Argus BC - British Columbia Comox
CFP Comox Free Press BC - British Columbia Comox
CL Cowichan Leader BC - British Columbia Duncan
CDT Cranbrook Daily Townsman BC - British Columbia Cranbrook
CR Creston Review BC - British Columbia Creston
DC Daily Colonist BC - British Columbia Victoria
Duncan Duncan Citizen BC - British Columbia Duncan
FFP Fernie Free Press BC - British Columbia Fernie
FVR Fraser Valley Record BC - British Columbia Mission
GS Golden Star BC - British Columbia Golden
GV Grapevine BC - British Columbia Sooke (near Victoria)
HG Haney Gazette BC - British Columbia Haney, Maple Ridge
IN Interior News BC - British Columbia Smithers
KDN Kamloops Daily News BC - British Columbia Kamloops
KDC Kelowna Daily Courier BC - British Columbia Kelowna
KN Kimberley News BC - British Columbia Kimberley
LCC Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle BC - British Columbia Ladysmith, Chemainus
MP Marketplace BC - British Columbia Duncan
MS Montreal Star QC - Quebec Montreal
MM Monday Magazine BC - British Columbia Victoria
NFP Nanaimo Free Press BC - British Columbia Nanaimo
ND Nelson Daily News BC - British Columbia Nelson
PNR Peninsula News Review BC - British Columbia Sidney (near Victoria)
PH Penticton Herald BC - British Columbia Penticton
PGC Prince George Citizen BC - British Columbia Prince George
QCO Quesnel Cariboo Observer BC - British Columbia Quesnel
SN Saanich News BC - British Columbia Victoria
SAO Salmon Arm Observer BC - British Columbia Salmon Arm
SEV Sicamous Eagle Valley News BC - British Columbia Sicamous
SNL Similkameen News Leader BC - British Columbia Princeton
Mirror Sooke Mirror BC - British Columbia Sooke (near Victoria)
BC The British Columbian BC - British Columbia New Westminster
Col The Columbian BC - British Columbia New Westminster
Gazette The Gazette QC - Quebec Montreal
SP The Star Phoenix SK - Saskatchewan Saskatoon
Globe The Toronto Globe & Mail ON - Ontario Toronto
Prov The Vancouver Province BC - British Columbia Vancouver
Sun The Vancouver Sun BC - British Columbia Vancouver
TC Times Colonist BC - British Columbia Victoria
TDT Trail Daily Times BC - British Columbia Trail
VN Vernon News BC - British Columbia Vernon
VDT Victoria Daily Times BC - British Columbia Victoria
WLT Williams Lake Tribune BC - British Columbia Williams Lake
WFP Winnipeg Free Press MN - Manitoba Winnipeg



The following codes used in this index include the following types of events and information available in the announcements.

ann Anniversary misc Name change
birth Birth " Social Events - Wedding Shower, Relatives Visiting, Trip etc.
bday Birthday " Vehicle Accident
death Death, Obituary " Criminal Charge
eng Engagement " Retirement
mem Memorial " Graduation
wed Marriage, Wedding " Missing in action, Prisoner of war, War Injuries
    " Any other misc.event
ana Another Name Available -
i.e. maiden, other married name
nfn No first name
nd no date p Picture available