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Primary sources for this site are census records, government correspondence,  and old newspapers, mostly on microfilm, as well as pioneer diaries and journals.

For government records see the BC Archives site.  Some records are also held by local libraries on microfilm.

The British Colonist newspaper published in Victoria, Vancouver Island from 1858 is the most accessible source of contemporary news.

The most useful readings of early BC history were found in the British Columbia Historical Quarterly. Search online at UBC Digital Collections.

Quotes by John Sheepshanks are from A Bishop in the Rough, and those by George Hills are from No better land: The 1860 diaries of the Anglican Colonial Bishop George Hills, edited by Roberta L. Bagshaw. See also the Diary of Reverend Edward White.

The best of New Westminster in photographs can be found in Jim Wolf, Royal city: A Photographic History of New Westminster, 1858-1960.

UMDL Text Collections include the Washington Historical Quarterly, also an essential source of early BC history.
This link is to search all collections at once.;xg=1;page=simpleext;ALLSELECTED=1

Washington State Archives online source of historical texts and newspapers. Especially useful is the Pioneer and Democrat newspaper.

The book source for Bellingham Bay in the early days is the History of Whatcom County by Lottie Roeder Roth.

Source of early California news is the California Digital History Collection.

The Library of Congress has a list of online newspaper archives.

New Westminster Public Library local history site.

Bellingham is a nice place for walks. Herring’s place on Holly St was near the historic FG Richards brick building.
Downtown Trails Map.
Fairhaven is the district associated with Nelson Bennett and the rail-building era of 1888-1891.
Bellingham Historic Preservation site.

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