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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
More than 150 Years of Peterborough Ontario Directories Now Online.
Posted July 19, 2016
Peterborough Public Library has helped the Internet Archive scan over 100 city and county directories. The annual directories go back as far as 1858 and are as current as 2010. They include listings for Peterborough residents and businesses. City directorie often include occupational information as well as contact details. They are an excellent way to learn more about an ancestors and track their locations year by year.
Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project
Posted July 12, 2016
Brings together and makes accessible in a single, searchable database over 6000 Chinese Canadian artefacts held by 16 local and regional museums throughout British Columbia. Anyone with Internet access can virtually enter these participating museums and discover much about the everyday lives of early Chinese Canadians – their resilience in the face of over a century of racist exclusions, their work and family life from decades past, and their ongoing community contributions. Whether searching family genealogies, investigating Chinese Canadian history, or looking for Qing-era pottery, CCAP opens new pathways into the past and presen
New Welsh Almanac Collection
Posted July 4, 2016
The National Library of Wales has digitized a large collection of Welsh almanacs. Each almanac contains astronomical and astrological guides, lists of fairs and markets, a guide to reading Welsh and keeping accounts, a list of the law terms, the names of Welsh bishops, and miscellaneous advertisements. The collection runs from 1648 to 1819 and is a fascinating source of information on Welsh history and culture. Much of the text is in Welsh.
National Library of Scotland Digitizes Family Histories
Posted June 4, 2016
The collection includes 400 digitized printed items relating to the histories of Scottish families. They are available free in the Library's digital gallery.
Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) Prisoners Books
Posted May 17, 2016
University College Dublin has posted digitized records from 1905-1908 and 1911-1918 online. Details of over 30,000 people who were arrested during this period are included in the books. Information includes date of and grounds for arrest and the name of the arresting officer.
Case Files for Early Chinese Immigrants to San Francisco and Hawaii.
Posted May 5, 2016
Searchable index to many of the nearly 200,000 files about Chinese people who immigrated to the United States between 1882 and 1943. To see the actual case file, you will need to come to the National Archives and Records Administration, Pacific Region, in San Bruno, California.
British Red Cross First World War Volunteer Records
Posted April 29, 2016
Information the more than 90,000 people who volunteered for the British Red Cross at home and overseas during the war is now online. The searchable records include time served, duties performed and awards received. Scans of the original index cards have been posted
The Canadian National Digital Heritage Index (CNDHI) is Now Live
Posted April 14, 2016
This current and regularly updated index of the digitized collections in Canada provides links to over 600 digital collections. Collections include newspapers, images, maps, government records and much more.
Spring 2016 Genealogical Resources Newsletter
Posted April 1, 2016
Learn about new resources at the Library and around the world with the latest edition of our newsletter.
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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.