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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
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.
York's Archbishops Register Now Online
Posted March 7, 2016
Free access to over 20,000 images of Registers produced by the Archbishops of York, in northern England, from 1225 to 1650. The Registers record the formal acts of the Archbishop of York and are a great source for local and family history. An index of names is available.
Thousands of letters from Ireland in 1916 Digitized
Posted March 4, 2016
Maynooth Universtiy has a crowd-sourced digital collection of letters written around the time of the Easter Rising (1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916). You can search the letter for names of individuals or browse through them to find out more about life in Ireland during this important period. You can also join the project as a volunteer transcriber.
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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.