Sunday, 30 July 2017

Canada 150 - Mining in BC






During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
Click on the Canada 150 label on the right or at the bottom to see all the posts.

Today I have for you...


British Columbia Mining Record




I once had a neighbour who was well into her 80s and she used to tell me stories about her grandfather who was given passage, along with other men, to come from England to Vancouver Island to work in the coal mines.  When they arrived there were shacks built for them to live in and and a store of food to last until their first pay. 

Besides illustrations and maps, check for names of mining recorders and assayers.




My husband is a geologist and he had 2 mine claims in 1989 which he let lapse in 2000. If you think your ancestor had a mine claim, you can do a search at BC Mineral Titles Online. You can do a Title Search by name (make sure you check this option) and click on Client Details - the results will tell you how many claims that person had, and you can click on that to see them.




In the mid 1800s there were two major gold rushes in the BC interior. Silver and copper were also popular ores being mined in BC. 



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