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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

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

 Spring Classes  at VPL - Only a few spaces left

Posted April 28, 2016

Librarians at VPL will be teaching 2 classes about genealogical databases in May.

Reserve you place by clicking on the links below.

Trace Your Ancestors with Ancestry Library Edition

Wednesday May 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Trace Your Ancestors with FamilySearch and Library and Archives Canada

Wednesday May 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

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Stay up-to-date with new developments in the rapidly changing world of genealogy with the help of our semi-annual Genealogical Resources eNewsletter.


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