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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
Ukrainian Immigrants, 1891-1930
Posted November 19, 2015
This new database from Library and Archives Canada includes 14,793 references to names of Ukrainians who arrived in Canada taken from passenger lists and Notes about early Ukrainian settlers and pioneer families in Canada gathered by Dr. Vladimir Julian Kaye.
Immigrants to Canada, Porters and Domestics, 1899-1949
Posted November 12, 2015
This new database from Library and Archives Canada provides access to 8,653 references to names of domestics and some Black porters who arrived in Canada between 1899 and 1949.
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.
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.
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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.