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.
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.
Posted November 10, 2017
Facebook is an excellent to network with other family historians and get information and advice for your project. Genealogist Katherine R. Wilson has compiled a list of 11,700+ Genealogy/History Links on Facebook. The list spans the globe and is organized by location.
Posted November 8, 2017
Harvard University has begun the process of digitizing images of the archival and manuscript materials in the Harvard Library that relate to 17th and 18th century North America. The online project so far includes 150,000 images of diaries, journals, notebooks and other rare documents.
Posted October 12, 2017
Reclaim the Records has posted images of a paper index covering 115 years of New Jersey marriages on the Internet Archive. An index by bride's name and groom's name are available for most years.
Posted September 29, 2017
The National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin has added 10,000 historic photos from across Ireland to its digitized collection of 250,000 folk stories. Stories and photos can be searched by place, person or topic. A great source for adding local colour to Irish family histories.
Posted September 23, 2017
The Digital Panopticon: Tracing London Convicts in Britain & Australia, 1780-1925 provides access to millions of records for more than 90,000 people sentenced to transportation from the Old Bailey in London. Links court records in Britain to settlement records in Australia.
Posted September 18, 2017
The 1921 Canadian Census is now available on the Library and Archives Canada website. Previously access had only been through Ancesty.ca.
Posted September 13, 2017
The Auckland War Memorial Museum has posted a searchable database of records for over 100,000 New Zealand soldiers serving in World War II. Families and researchers are able to contribute additional information about each soldier to the database.
Posted August, 2017
Researching Your Canadian Military Ancestors
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (2:30 – 4:00 pm)
Mark Remembrance Day by researching your family's historical Canadian military connections. This workshop will introduce a variety of resources and tools for exploring military roots, from New France to the 20th century.
Genealogy for All Ages!
Friday, December 1, 2017 (2:00 – 4:00 pm)
Explore your genealogy with your younger generation! Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins are invited to bring young relatives (ages 3-18) for an afternoon of games and crafts focused on sharing family history - and making it fun.
Posted June 26, 2017
FamilySearch’s progress in digitizing microfilm and the decreased use of microfilm technology has led to this decision. The last day for ordering microfilm will be August 31, 2017.
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