" This web site is a teaching, learning and research tool. Our web site is principally about the history of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, but it is also a vehicle for exploring the larger field of Canadian history during the late 19th and early part of the 20th century.
"On this site, you can search over 100,000 nominal census records of Vancouver Island residents, native and non-native, for the period 1871 to 1901. You can also search directories for the cities of Nanaimo and Victoria, and property tax assessment rolls for the same period. Directories provide the names and street addresses of business owners, employees, and householders; tax assessment rolls show the names of property owners and provide information on the location, size and value of city parcels. "