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Genealogy and Family History

Explore your roots at VPL and beyond: resources and services for genealogists

Welcome to Genealogy and Family History

Group portrait in front of a building, VPL #19539, 19--, Philip Timms.

Explore your roots at VPL and beyond:
resources and services for genealogists

Genealogical research is one of the most popular and fastest growing hobbies in North America. This guide will assist the first time and advanced family history researcher with the ever-growing amount of resources available in print and online.

Genealogy and Family History Buzz

Maclean's Magazine Archive, 1905-2015 Now Available

Posted January 9, 2019

Access to Maclean's Magazine Archive, 1905-2015 is now available at the Vancouver Public Library. One hundred and ten years of searchable, cover-to-cover access to Canada's leading general interest magazine. Maclean's Magazine Archive is accessible via EBSCO to all VPL Cardholders.


Trace Your Ancestors with Ancestry Library Edition

Posted December 19, 2018

Learn about the exciting online resources available through the library's Ancestry Library Edition database.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
Central Library

https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5bf87da2470b4d2b007c1def


Access to Restricted FamilySearch Images Has Been Restored

Posted September 5, 2018

Restricted FamilySearch Images Now Available At VPL's Central Library

Posted March 13, 2018

Sometimes when you are looking at records at FamilySearch.org you'll see an image labeled, , .

This used to  mean that you needed  to visit a Family History Centre to view the image.  Now you can come down to the Central Library at 350 West Georgia and use any of our public computers to view the image.  You will be able to save the image on a USB stick or email it to yourself.

Records available include church records from Great Britain, probate records from Ontario, the full text of family history books and much more. To date, over 1.5 million microfilms (approximately 1.5 billion images) have been digitized by FamilySearch, including all microfilms which were borrowed in the last five years.

Please note that some digital images may still have privacy, copyright, contractual, or other restrictions which limit access even at the Central Library


New Library and Archives Canada Service at the Vancouver Public Library

Posted November 15, 2017

The Vancouver Public Library is very excited to announce the launch of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) service at the Central Library. Monday to Friday during LAC service hours, library patrons can speak to the national institution’s expert staff, receive assistance for research, request documents from Ottawa, and access key genealogy databases such as Find My Past.

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New Titles at VPL

Here is a select list of genealogy-related titles recently added to the library collection. You can also view the full list via the library's catalogue.

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