Pioneers Family Tree Project

Pioneers display table at Sea Island reunion 2022.


The Sea Island Heritage Society has been compiling the history of all people who lived on Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia from 1870 to date.

From the Society’s research (family interviews, public records and archives), our volunteer genealogists have compiled family trees of many of the early pioneers on Ancestry. And, as the Society continues its research, we add more names to the list of pioneer family names.

To get more information about any of our pioneer families, or their family trees, please contact Barbara Nielsen at


Start Date



In progress

Contact Person

Barbara Nielsen

List of Pioneers on Ancestry

Through our research, we learned that Richmond started on Sea Island. On November 10, 1879, when Letters Patent were issued to incorporate the Corporation of the Township of Richmond at the request of 25 early settlers, the first order of business was to hold an election and form a council to run the fledging municipality. The election was held at the home of Hugh Boyd and Alexander Kilgour - two pioneers who lived on Sea Island - and as required in the Letters Patent, a “Warden” and seven Councillors were elected.

Hugh Boyd was the first Warden of Richmond, a title later replaced by Reeve and then Mayor. Council meetings were held in the dining room of the Boyd house on Sea Island until a better venue could be provided.

For more interesting stories, here is a list of the pioneers with family trees on Ancestry so far.

Sea Island Pioneers on Ancestry
Adachi Eastman Hill McCleery
Anthony Eburne Hoggard Miller
Asari Elston Keatley Murphy
Baba Errington Ketcheson Nicholl
Bicknell Erskin Kilgour Paxton
Blair Ferguson Koyanagi Scratchley
Boyd Ferris Laing Shannon
Brough Fish MacArthur Sherwood
Buckingham/Meneice Fraser Magee Sirr
Butler Frontin Maikawa Stewart
Carscallen Goodmurphy Matsumoto Tait
Cooney Gordon May Thomas (Welsh)
Cornish Grauer McDonald (Irish) White
Cranswick Hall McDonald (Scottish) Williams
Day-Smith Hamalock McGinness Williamson
De Beck Hardwick McMillan Wood
Dinsmore Hayward McRae
Draney Higo McRoberts

Featured First Families

Our goal is to feature or add different pioneer families pages periodically, while continuing to add the family trees to Ancestry.

To learn more about each family, click any of the cards below.

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We would love to hear from you.