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Explore your roots at VPL and beyond: resources and services for genealogists
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Welcome to Genealogy and Family History

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

RootsTech Online Broadcast Schedule

Posted February 3, 2016

FamilySearch has posted the schedule for free online streaming of popular workshops.  The conference runs from February 4 to 6

World War One British Army Chaplain Records

Posted January 28, 2016

The Museum of Army Chaplaincy has digitized more than 9000 Chaplain Interview Record Cards from World War One.  The cards are a record  Anglican clergy who applied to become Temporary Chaplains between October 1914 and November 1918 .

National Archives (USA) Launches History Hub

Posted January 27, 2016

History Hub is a pilot crowdsourcing platform sponsored by the National Archives. It is a place to share information, work together, and find people based on their experience and interests. It includes a section where genealogists can ask questions and share information.

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.

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