Voter’s lists are known as “census substitutes”, because they can be used to locate a person in a non-census year.
British Columbia only has census in the years 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911 which is a nominal list, and the 1891 Victoria City Census which is a head of household list, so the voter’s list can help in this instance.
The 1875 list has the person’s name, their residence, and profession or trade.
For example, there is Bagnalle, John from Fort St, a music seller, and his residence was VicC (Victoria City).
And the 1898 voter’s list has the same information as the 1875 voter’s list. An example is Sabald, John, 208 Yates St, Plumber, VicC (Victoris City).
There are also directories, newspapers, strays, government sources (including public schools reports, unclaimed letters), petitions, stories and pictures on this site.
You can see all these records online (FREE) at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canbc/bc.htm
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