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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
England’s Immigrants 1330 – 1550: Resident Aliens in the Late Middle Ages
Posted February 19, 2015
The Universities of York and Sheffield have teamed up to provide a searchable database of over 64,000 people who arrived in England in the 14th through 16th centuries. Records were collected from a variety of sources and information can include origin, place of residence and occupation.
New Database at VPL: Points to the Past
Posted February 12, 2015
It includes searchable primary source material dating from 1450 to 2010 mostly from the United Sates and Great Britain, with access to over half a million books, digitised newspapers as far back as the 1600s and 6.5 million manuscript pages.
The London Times is available back to 1785 and allows you to search for obituaries, birth and marriage announcements.
Family History Library Announces Free Online Classes for February
Posted January 31, 2015
Classes includes British, German and African-American genealogy. Find out more at the FamilySearch Blog .
New City Directories from Library and Archives Canada
Posted January 31, 2015
Over 150 new directories for the Ontario cities of Hamilton, Kingston and London and for the counties of Southwestern Ontario from the 1850s to the early 1900s are avaialble. Directories include names, addresses, professions and businesses. http://thediscoverblog.com/2015/01/29/canadian-directories-online/
Online index to wills from England and Wales
Posted December 29, 2014
The UK government has launched an index of over 40 million wills going back to 1858. The index includes names, date of death, address, and next of kin. It is currently in beta testing, but is available to the public. https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/#wills
More Changes to Procedures for Microfilm Orders from the Family History Library
Posted December 11, 2014
We've made some additional adjustments to our procedures for picking up microfilm from the Family History Library. See Borrowing Microfilms from the Family History Library for more details.
Genealogy Help from Guangzhou Library Genealogy Reference Centre
Posted November 4, 2014
For those seeking genealogical records or information about families within the city of Guangzhou and Guangdong Province you can send your questions via email to Guangzhou Library Genealogy Reference Centre at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone #: (020) 83839820. For more infomrati see the Chinese-Canadian Genealogy page in 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.