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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
Upcoming Workshops at Dunbar Branch
Posted January 3, 2017
Scottish Genealogy - Wednesday, January 25 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)
Using FamilySearch - Friday, February 10 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)
Irish Genealogy - Friday, March 17 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)
All workshops are free and drop-in. No Registration is required.
Freedman's Bureau Records Online
Posted December 29, 2016
The Freedman's Bureau was a U.S. government agency established in 1865 to aid freed slaves in the South after the Civil War. Extensive records were kept of people helped. Sometimes this was the first time the names of those individuals were recorded.
You can volunteer to help index the records: http://www.discoverfreedmen.org/
To view the records: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2427901
Irish regiments in the British Army
Posted November 29, 2016
The National Army Museum in London has uploaded the records of soldiers serving in the Irish regiments from 1920-1922. Enlistment books for the Connaught Rangers, the Leinster Regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, the Royal Irish Regiment and the Royal Munster Fusiliers can be searched on the Museum's web site. The nearly 12,000 records include age, birthplace, spouse, children, campaigns and medals and more
Did Your Ancestor Know Captain Ahab?
Posted July 28, 2016
The New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts has transcribed crew lists for the home port of the ship in Herman Melvile's Moby Dick . The searchable database contains records for over 127, 000 whalers who left the port from 1840 to 1927. The records include name, age, ship, rank, and physical description.
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.
For more Genealogy and Family History Buzz, please visit the Archives.
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.