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Shirley, British Columbia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Shirley ...

Although we found mention of Shirley during our research, we really don't have any information about it.<1> We believe that Shirley had a post office at one time. We have done a cursory search and haven't been able to find any evidence that the community still exists..

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Shirley (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Shirley. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Newspapers Published in Shirley ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shirley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shirley, there are papers which were published within 37 miles [59.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shirley.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Shirley:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from British Columbia
    • Stories from Washington

Cemeteries Near Shirley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shirley.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Shirley covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Muir Family Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Muir Family Cemetery
    • The Muir Family Cemetery is located in Sooke.To be precise, Muir Family Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the east of Shirley.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Muir Family Cemetery
  • Sooke Millenium Memorial Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sooke Millenium Memorial Park
    • The Sooke Millenium Memorial Park is located in Sooke.More accurately, Sooke Millenium Memorial Park lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the east of Shirley.
    • Sooke Millenium Memorial Park has also been known as:
    • Millenium Memorial Park
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sooke Millenium Memorial Park
  • Knox Presbyterian Church Cemetery
  • Sooke Harbour Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sooke Harbour Cemetery
    • Sooke Harbour Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the east of Shirley.
    • Sooke Harbour Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Saseenos Cemetery
    • Sooke Harbour / Saseenos Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sooke Harbour Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2241322<3>
  • St. Mary's Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Mary's Cemetery
    • The St. Mary's Cemetery is located in the vicinity of MetchosinMore accurately, St. Mary's Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the east of Shirley.
    • St. Mary's Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Metchosin Pioneer Cemetery
    • St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church Cemetery
    • St. Mary The Virgin Church Yard Cemetery
    • St. Mary The Virgin Churchyard Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Mary's Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2459848<3>
  • Port Crescent Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Port Crescent Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
    • Port Crescent Pioneer Memorial Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Shirley.
    • Port Crescent Pioneer Memorial Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Crescent Beach Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Port Crescent Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Old Clallam Bay Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Old Clallam Bay Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Old Clallam Bay Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Old Clallam Bay Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the southwest of Shirley.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Old Clallam Bay Cemetery
    • Colwood Pioneer Cemetery
    • Hatley Memorial Gardens
    • Veteran's Cemetery
    • Quadra Street Cemetery
    • St. John the Baptist Church Cemetery
    • Ocean View Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ocean View Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ocean View Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Ocean View Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<2> to the southeast of Shirley.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ocean View Cemetery
    • Ross Bay Cemetery
    • Congregation Emanu-El Cemetery

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Shirley. See our List of 1890's Communities around Shirley.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Shirley and then turned east". While Shirley could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Shirley as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Miller Creek to see Pete ... Miller Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Shirley could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong . Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

Since confusion between is common, we searched and weren't able to find another British Columbia community named Shirley.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Shirley) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Shirley. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ShirleyOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shirley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.3833, Longitude: -123.9000    
<3>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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