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 March 28, 2018
The Imperial War Museum has created a database of war memorials in the United Kingdom. It includes memorials to members of the armed forces, civilians and animals from all wars. You can search records of over 74,000 memorials. The database can be searched by name. It currently includes over one million names and continues to expand.
Posted March 13, 2018
Sometimes when you are looking at records at FamilySearch.org you'll see an image labeled, , .
This used to mean that you needed to visit a Family History Centre to view the image. Now you can come down to the Central Library at 350 West Georgia and use any of our public computers to view the image. You will be able to save the image on a USB stick or email it to yourself.
Records available include church records from Great Britain, probate records from Ontario, the full text of family history books and much more. To date, over 1.5 million microfilms (approximately 1.5 billion images) have been digitized by FamilySearch, including all microfilms which were borrowed in the last five years.
Please note that some digital images may still have privacy, copyright, contractual, or other restrictions which limit access even at the Central Library
Posted March 7, 2018
Posted February 27, 2018
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2018 by exploring your Irish roots. This workshop will introduce key records and how to find them using Vancouver Public Library resources and the Internet.
Saturday, March 17, 2018 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Dunbar Branch Library
Posted February 13, 2018
The SS Great Britain was a passenger steamship that sailed from 1845 to 1886 mostly between England and Australia. The database includes information on all of the crew and passengers as well as background on what it was like to sail aboard.
Posted February 9, 2018
This database from the City University of New York contains records of slaves and slave owners in New York State from 1525 to the American Civil War. It can be searched by name, locality, birth year and more.
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.
For more Genealogy and Family History Buzz, please visit the Archives.