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Welcome to Genealogy and Family History
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
Online index to wills from England and Wales
Posted December 29, 2014
The UK government has launched an index of over 40 million wills going back to 1858. The index includes names, date of death, address, and next of kin. It is currently in beta testing, but is available to the public. https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/#wills
Family History Library Announces Free Online Classes for January
Posted December 24, 2014
Classes includes beginners, English and Danish genealogy. Find out more at the FamilySearch Blog
More Changes to Procedures for Microfilm Orders from the Family History Library
Posted December 11, 2014
We've made some additional adjustments to our procedures for picking up microfilm from the Family History Library. See Borrowing Microfilms from the Family History Library for more details.
New Procedures for Microfilm Orders from the Family History Library
Posted November 27, 2014
We've changed our procedures for picking up microfilm from the Family History Library. See Borrowing Microfilms from the Family History Library for more details.
Genealogy Help from Guangzhou Library Genealogy Reference Centre
Posted November 4, 2014
For those seeking genealogical records or information about families within the city of Guangzhou and Guangdong Province you can send your questions via email to Guangzhou Library Genealogy Reference Centre at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone #: (020) 83839820. For more infomrati see the Chinese-Canadian Genealogy page in this guide.
British Red Cross Launches Database of First World War Volunteers
Posted October 26, 2014
Personnel records can be searched by name and include infomation on dates served, locations and tasks performed. Currently 30 000 records availble. Database to be complete in a year. http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War
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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.