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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

Archives of Ontario Releases New Vital Events Records

Posted May 21, 2015

This set of microfilm records covers registrations for 1917 Ontario births, 1932 marriages and 1942 deaths, as well as all indexes. They are avaialble through our Interlibrary Loans service.

Top 100 Genealogy Sites Mega-Search

Posted May 19, 2015

This new search engine allows you to search the 2015 Genealogy in Time‘s Top 100 Web Sites.  The search is a simple keyword Google search and you can limit your search to 46 free web sites.  Can be a good way to find new resources on the Internet.


Genealogical DNA Database Used to Link an Innocent Man to a 20-year-old Murder Case

Posted May 4, 2015

Police in Idaho gained access to the Sorenson database, one of the largest collections of genetic genealogy data in the world.  A close match led them to investigate an innocent man.  The article raises serious concerns about the use of DNA gathered for genealogical purposes for law enforcement.

Paston Letters Now Online

Posted May 1, 2015

The British Library has made a collection of more than 1000 letters and other documents from a 15h century Norfolk family available.


Class at VPL:  Trace Your Ancestors with FamilySearch and Library and Archives Canada

Posted March 23, 2015

Learn about exciting online resources for family research available on the Internet at this hands-on genealogy workshop.

Workshops will be held  on  May 10 and  May 31. Phone to register.

Discover photographs of Mennonite life in Canada and around the world.

Posted March 23, 2015

Over 80, 000 historic photos are now available at the Mennonite Archival Image Database

Class at VPL: Trace Your Ancestors with Ancestry Library Edition

Posted March 23, 2015

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

Workshops will be held  on  May 3 and  May 24. Phone to register.


Family History Library Announces Free Online Classes for April

Posted March 19, 2015

Classes includes Scottish, Danish, Swedish and Swiss genealogy.  Find out more at the FamilySearch Blog .


England’s Immigrants 1330 – 1550: Resident Aliens in the Late Middle Ages

Posted February 19, 2015

The Universities of York and Sheffield, together with the National Archives, have teamed up to provide a searchable database of over 64,000 people who arrived in England in the 14th through 16th centuries.  Records were collected from a variety of sources and information can include origin, place of residence and occupation.

New Database at VPL: Points to the Past

Posted February 12, 2015

Points to the Past contains 200 million pages of historical content. This Gale product has been generously funded by: Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and UBC.   It is free to all BC residents.

It  includes searchable primary source material dating from 1450 to 2010 mostly from the United Sates and Great Britain, with access to over half a million books, digitised newspapers as far back as the 1600s and 6.5 million manuscript pages.

The London Times is available back to 1785 and allows you to search for obituaries, birth and marriage announcements.


Family History Library Announces Free Online Classes for February

Posted January 31, 2015

Classes includes British, German and African-American genealogy.  Find out more at the FamilySearch Blog .

New City Directories from Library and Archives Canada

Posted January 31, 2015

Over 150 new directories for the Ontario cities of Hamilton, Kingston and London and for the counties of Southwestern Ontario from the 1850s to the early 1900s are avaialble.  Directories include names, addresses, professions and businesses.

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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.


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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