Getting StartedGenealogy ChartsStandards and ProofProject OrganizationGenealogy SoftwareReading Old RecordsFamily HistoriesResearch at VPLUsing the Library Catalogue
Civil RegistrationChurch RecordsCensus RecordsDirectoriesLand RecordsHistorical AtlasesMilitary RecordsNewspapersImmigration RecordsDivorce RecordsObituary ResearchBC Coroners' RecordsWills and EstatesCemetery Records and Monumental Inscriptions
Library EquipmentGenealogy CD-ROMsInterlibrary LoansBorrowing Microfilms from the Family History LibraryHiring a Professional GenealogistDonating Your Family History
Finding BC Civil Registration RecordsFinding Ontario Civil Registration RecordsAboriginal AncestryChinese-CanadiansLoyalistsBeyond Canada: Quick Reference for GenealogistsBritish Isles Civil Registration RecordsCoats of ArmsTracing Living People
Genealogy and Family History Buzz ArchiveGenealogical Resources eNewsletter
This is the "Genealogy Home" page of the "Genealogy and Family History" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

Genealogy and Family History   Tags: family history, genealogy, history  

Explore your roots at VPL and beyond: resources and services for genealogists
Last Updated: Oct 7, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Genealogy Home Print Page

Search the Catalogue

Find books, music, movies, and more...


Advanced Search


Tell Us What You Think

Was this information helpful?

How useful is this page?
(1 = Not Useful, 5 = Very Useful!)

Additional comments:

Your Email:


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

Finding Your Roots Seminar

Posted October 7, 2015

Surrey Family History Centre
6270 - 126 St, Surrey, BC, Canada
October 17th,- 8:30 am - 4 pm - come all day or just for part of the day

Open to the public at no cost.  38 different classes.  Look for the VPL table.

Class at VPL: Trace Your Ancestors with Ancestry Library Edition

Posted September 21, 2015

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

Sunday,  October 18, 2015 (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM)


Wednesday,   November 4, 2015 (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM)

Registration Required, Call 604.331.3603

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

Posted September 21, 2015

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

Sunday,  October 25, 2015 (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM)


Wednesday,   November 25, 2015 (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM)

Registration Required, Call 604.331.3603

Vancouver Genealogy Show

Posted September 2, 2015

October 3, 2015 (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)

VPL - Central Branch

Registration Required: 604.331.3603

Members of the British Columbia Genealogy Society will offer advice to individuals and family members researching their family history. Participants are encouraged to bring details on their research to date. Beginners receive advice on where to begin their research, based on their knowledge and family documents.

New Digitized Library and Archives Canada Microfilms on the Héritage Portal

Posted August 13, 2015

Material includes land records,  Chinese immigrant registers, Japanese Canadian Citizens Association records, voters lists and war diaries.


Family History Library Free Online Classes for August

Posted August 1, 2015

Classes on Ireland, England, Poland and Italy.  Find out more at the FamilySearch Blog.

Search British Merchant Navy Crew Lists Online

Posted July 13, 2015

Volunteers have transcribed close to a million names of men who served in the British Merchant Navy in 1915.  Records include name, rank, age, hometown and the name of the ship.

Images for Ontario Births, Marriages and Deaths now on FamilySearch

Posted July 13, 2015

Images for Ontario birth records from 1869-1910, marriage records from 1869-1927, and death records from 1869-1937 have been added to the Ontario Historical Records Collection.  Find out more about Finding Ontario Civil Registration Records in the Special Topics section of this guide.

For more Genealogy and Family History Buzz, please visit the Archives.


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.

Loading Loading...
blank padding


Profile Image
Vancouver Public Library




Stay up-to-date with new developments in the rapidly changing world of genealogy with the help of our semi-annual Genealogical Resources eNewsletter.


Loading  Loading...