Series consists of records of interments in Ross Bay Cemetery. There are eight volumes in this series. The first three volumes (1883-1890) contain the following data elements: name, age (yrs/mos.), where born, where died, date of death, day and hour of burial, officiating clergyman, block, plot, road, undertaker, and remarks. The data elements in volumes 4 and 5 (1890-1908) were changed slightly and include permit number, name, age (yrs./mos.), where born, where died, day and hour of burial, officiating clergyman, block, East or West, plot, road, undertaker, and remarks.
>From 1883 to 1908 the volumes are organized bi-monthly. The first volume contains burials for January, March, May, July, Sept and November 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886 and January and March 1887. The next volume contains burials for February, April, June, August, October, December 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889 and January 1890. The information entered into these registers is not always complete and was updated. After March 1908, volumes 6, 7 and 8, the months are sequential in a single volumes.
The purpose for the unusual organization of the early records is not self evident. It is possible that the information recorded in these registers was entered at the cemetery by the caretaker. At the end of each month, the register may have been forwarded to the secretary of Ross Bay Cemetery at City Hall so the information could be entered into the Burial Register. During the time that the register was away from the cemetery, the caretaker could have recorded the burials in a second volume until the end of the month when the first register was returned and the second one sent to City Hall
Victoria (B.C.). Parks