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

Genealogy: Trace your Ancestors with Ancestry Library Edition

A program for adults at Vancouver Public Library

Learn about Ancestry Library Edition, an exciting resource for family research, at this hands-on genealogy workshop.

Registration required

For more information and to register please contact: Programming and Learning Services  at 604 331-3603

Sunday 5 October
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free. Registration required.
Computer Training Room, Level 7
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street

Sunday 19 October
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free. Registration required.
Computer Training Room, Level 7
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street

Library and Archives Canada Announces Major Update to the 1861 Census of Canada Database

Posted August 21, 2014

More than 133, 000 records were corrected.

Records for the cities of Hamilton, Kingston, London, Ottawa and Toronto previously mislabeled now appear as districts.  Other records  have been recovered and image lining errors corrected.

Find out more at Library and Archives Canada Blog

New Civil Registration Records Available from BC Archives

Posted July 30, 2014

More recent data has been received from Vital Statistics and is now available.

New legislation restricts the future release of birth information from 100 years to 120, so no new data will be added for births. Marriages will be added for the year 1938, as well as deaths for the year 1993.

Learn more about Finding B.C. Civil Registration Records

Global RootsTech Conference Announces Free Online
Broadcast Schedule

Posted February 2, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (January 29, 2014) — RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 6-8, 2014, announced today that 15 of its popular sessions will be broadcast live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend in-person worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at The fourth-year conference has attracted over 10,000 registered attendees in-person, and leaders expect over 20,000 additional viewers online.

To learn more, please see the FamilySearch Blog.

Library and Archives Canada to Digitize 640,000 First World War
Service Files

Posted January 30, 2014

Ottawa (January 27, 2014)
As part of the centennial commemoration of the First World War, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will digitize 640,000 personnel service files of the First World War’s Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) members.

As part of the First World War commemorations, Canadians will be able to research high-quality digital copies of all service files, anytime and anywhere, by 2015. The newly digitized files will complement the approximately 13,500 service files and the more than 620,000 attestation papers already available on LAC’s website.

Canadians will be able to consult the newly digitized service files in the existing database, Soldiers of the First World War – CEF, on LAC’s website as they become available. The first series of files is expected to be added as of Summer 2014. After digitization, the originals will be permanently stored thus ensuring their preservation.

To learn more, please see the Library and Archives Canada News.

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Upcoming VPL Events of Interest to Genealogists

The Vancouver Public Library hosts free workshops on topics of genealogical interest. Programs are mainly held at the Central Library. Some require registration and others are drop-in. For more information on upcoming events at the library, please visit the online Events & Courses calendar or call 604.331.3603.


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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