Richard (Dick) Corless came to Prince George in 1913 and operated a funeral home business downtown. All of the funerals performed there - including those from the 1918 influenza pandemic - were recorded in a ledger. In 1931, he transferred the business to Assman's Funeral Home. The ledger remained with a family member, who donated it to the BC Archives.
It was subsequently transferred to the Northern BC Archives at UNBC. The UNBC Archives created digital photographs of each pages, and provided them to the Prince George Genealogical Society, whose members transcribed them in 2008. The records include information about each funeral, the date and place of death and burial, the cause of death, birthday and/or age of the person, as well as the nationality of foreign-born persons.
The City of Prince George is grateful to the Prince George Genealogical Society for their efforts in giving residents access to this valuable historic information.