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Barkerville formed in 1862 around the Barker Company mine on Williams Creek in the Cariboo District of British Columbia. In its 100 plus years there is a wealth of evidence of its inhabitants and the impact that they have made in the Cariboo.


How to use this Data Base

An outline of how to operate this database and what you can expect to find.
  • The Barkerville data base is made up of a number of parts. 
  • You can search all parts by carrying out a general search or search each part separately.
  • You can use a Subject Search or an Advanced Search to locate information.
  • Search Results may be limited, not all information is on these web pages. 

You are looking at an index when examining this data base.  The Search Results tells you where the information is located within the Barkerville collections.  It may necessary for you to visit the Barkerville Historic Town Library and Archives, or contact staff for further assistance or to review the listed document/photograph/sound recording, etc..  For example, few of the Reference Files have their full content on line.  Most appear only in the Library-Archives at Barkerville. 

Caution:  The Barkerville data base has been constructed over a 50 year period with digitization beginning in the 1980s.  Not all material has been edited for errors and omissions and not everything is digital.  We do not have staff dedicated to the library to fix every error. For example, errors in the spelling of a name may have occurred due to poor handwriting.  Sometimes people wrote down their own names incorrectly or not in a standard form, e.g. J. Wendle or Joseph Wendel.  When using any data base consider that human error will affect the data.

Subject Search

Subjects tie all the parts (underlying tables) together, and let you search across the database. Use short search strings to find more results, as the string is found anywhere in the subject. For example, if you are searching for Thomas Campbell, using “campbell” as your search finds T. Campbell, Campbell River, Thomas Campbell, etc. You can then select the specific records you’d like to examine. Click on any Subject Term in a Search Result to find all other records with that Subject Term.

Advanced Search

Advanced Search allows you to search specific types of data in the different, smaller data bases. Use % as a “wildcard” when you are uncertain of the full subject.  For example:  %gold% finds the letters ‘gold’ whether it is gold rush, goldrush, fool’s gold or golden anniversary.  “medi%” instead of “medicine” will find all the words that have “medi” in your search box (e.g. – medicine, medical).  You can review the results and hone your search from that point onwards.  The reason that you want to use a “wildcard” search is because a full term like “John Doe” will find only John Doe, whereas, that person might be listed as J. Doe, just plain Doe and/or John D..  If you search for the name Doe, you will get Search Results that include all of the ways John Doe’s name is written, so long as it is written Doe in our database.  However, it will also provide Search Results that list doe, as in a deer.  Starting with the smallest number of unique characters (quite often four is enough) will provide the quickest and most thorough Search Results.  If you obtain many Search Results, you should review those results for subject terms that will allow you to refine your search.

Results are limited to the first 1000 records. 

Narrow your search for more specific results. Once you have identified how the search terms are used (see String Search above), you can use the Search Results to see how specific terms or names that you want to search for are identified in the subject list.  This can allow you to use those terms without wild cards. 

A blank in all fields will result in all records being identified (hundreds of thousands).

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