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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

Did Your Ancestor Know Captain Ahab?

Posted July 28, 2016

The New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts has transcribed crew lists for the home port of the ship in Herman Melvile's Moby Dick .  The searchable database contains records for over 127, 000 whalers who left the port from 1840 to 1927.  The records include name, age, ship, rank, and physical description.

https://www.whalingmuseum.org/online_exhibits/crewlist/


More than 150 Years of  Peterborough Ontario Directories Now Online.

Posted July 19, 2016

Peterborough Public Library has helped the Internet Archive scan over 100 city and county directories.  The annual directories go back as far as 1858 and are as current as 2010.  They include listings for Peterborough residents and businesses.  City directorie often include occupational information as well as contact details.   They are an excellent way to learn more about  an ancestors and track their locations year by year.

https://archive.org/details/peterboroughcitydirectories


Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Posted July 12, 2016
Brings together and makes accessible in a single, searchable database over 6000 Chinese Canadian artefacts held by 16 local and regional museums throughout British Columbia. Anyone with Internet access can virtually enter these participating museums and discover much about the everyday lives of early Chinese Canadians – their resilience in the face of over a century of racist exclusions, their work and family life from decades past, and their ongoing community contributions. Whether searching family genealogies, investigating Chinese Canadian history, or looking for Qing-era pottery, CCAP opens new pathways into the past and presen

https://ccap.uvic.ca/index.php/


New Welsh Almanac Collection

Posted July 4, 2016

The National Library of Wales has digitized a large collection of Welsh almanacs.  Each almanac contains astronomical and astrological guides, lists of fairs and markets, a guide to reading Welsh and keeping accounts, a list of the law terms, the names of Welsh bishops, and miscellaneous advertisements.  The collection runs from 1648 to 1819 and is a fascinating source of information on Welsh history and culture. Much of the text is in Welsh.

https://www.llgc.org.uk/en/discover/digital-gallery/printed-material/the-welsh-almanac-collection/


National Library of Scotland Digitizes Family Histories

Posted June 4, 2016

The collection includes 400 digitized printed items relating to the histories of Scottish families.  They are available free in the Library's digital gallery.

http://blog.nls.uk/histories-of-scottish-families-digital-resource/


Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) Prisoners Books 

Posted May 17, 2016

University College Dublin has posted digitized records from 1905-1908 and 1911-1918 online.  Details of over 30,000 people who were arrested during this period are included in the books.  Information includes date of and grounds for arrest and the name of  the arresting officer.

http://digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:43945


Case Files for Early Chinese Immigrants to San Francisco and Hawaii.

Posted May 5, 2016

Searchable index to many of the nearly 200,000 files about  Chinese people who immigrated to the United States between 1882 and 1943. To see the actual case file, you will need to come to the National Archives and Records Administration, Pacific Region, in San Bruno, California.

http://vm154.lib.berkeley.edu:3001/searchcase/search


British Red Cross First World War Volunteer Records

Posted April 29, 2016

Information the more than 90,000 people who volunteered for the British Red Cross at home and overseas during the war is now online.  The searchable records include time served, duties performed and awards received.  Scans of the original index cards have been posted

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?sname=smith&id=192798&first=true


The Canadian National Digital Heritage Index (CNDHI) is Now Live

Posted April 14, 2016

This current and regularly updated index of the digitized collections in Canada provides links to over 600 digital collections. Collections include newspapers, images, maps, government records and much more.

http://cndhi-ipnpc.ca/


Spring 2016 Genealogical Resources Newsletter

Posted April 1, 2016

Learn about new resources at the Library and around the world with the latest edition of our newsletter.

 http://guides.vpl.ca/genealogy/newsletter


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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 calendar or call 604.331.3603.

 

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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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