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Genealogy and Family History

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

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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

British Columbia Civil Registration Records Released

Posted June 10, 2019

Death records for 1998 and marriage records for 1943 are now available from the British Columbia Archives.

Tasmania, Australia has made it optional to list gender on birth certificates.

Posted May 18, 2019

1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces is Now Online

Posted February 27, 2019

Library and Archives Canada and FamilySearch International have announced the release of the 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces database which provides a free searchable index of over two million names with digital images of 45,000 pages.

Learn more and search the 1926 Census on Library and Archives Canada’s website, as well as at

Genealogy: Trace Your Ancestors with FamilySearch

Posted February 26, 2019

Learn about FamilySearch, an exciting online resource for genealogy research available on the Internet.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
Central Branch

Genealogy: Trace Your Ancestors with Ancestry Library Edition

Posted February 26, 2019

Learn about the exciting online resources available through the library's Ancestry Library Edition database.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
Central Branch

Good news for future researchers of EU residents

Posted February 9, 2019

The U.K. is registering all European Union citizens residing in the U.K. who “hold a valid passport and any non-EU citizen family members who hold a valid biometric residence card” to give them legal status after the U.K. leaves the European Union, the Guardian reported. An estimated 3.5 million EU citizens will need to be registered. Source: International Council of Archives Human Rights Working Group Newsletter, January 2019 Issue no.110

Have you heard of Archivists without Borders?

Posted February 9, 2019

The Arxivers sense Fronteres (English: Archivists without Borders) (est. 1998) is an organization of archivists headquartered in Spain. It facilitates volunteer efforts to preserve documentary heritage, especially in developing countries  There are chapters and related organizations in the USA and France.

Free Access to Canadian digital documentary heritage CANADIANA online

Posted February 9, 2019

As of January 1, 2019, 60 million pages of Canadian digital documentary heritage will be available at no charge to users. The Canadiana collections are the largest online collections of early textual Canadiana in the world. The removal of the subscription paywall will allow unimpeded access to this unique historical content for researchers, students, faculty, and all users in Canada and around the world.

Maclean's Magazine Archive, 1905-2015 Now Available

Posted January 9, 2019

Access to Maclean's Magazine Archive, 1905-2015 is now available at the Vancouver Public Library. One hundred and ten years of searchable, cover-to-cover access to Canada's leading general interest magazine. Maclean's Magazine Archive is accessible via EBSCO to all VPL Cardholders.

New Library and Archives Canada Service at the Vancouver Public Library

Posted November 15, 2017

The Vancouver Public Library is very excited to announce the launch of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) service at the Central Library. Monday to Friday during LAC service hours, library patrons can speak to the national institution’s expert staff, receive assistance for research, request documents from Ottawa, and access key genealogy databases such as Find My Past.

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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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