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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

21st Annual Finding Your Roots Tri-stake Seminar Oct. 15

Posted September 24, 2016

This free all-day conference at the Surrey Family History Centre (6270-126 Street) includes 35 classes and  tables from many local organizations including Vancouver Public Library.

Genealogy Express at the Dunbar Branch

Posted September 9, 2016

Drop by for advice on researching your family history and tackling tough genealogy puzzles. Get tips to become a power user of FamilySearch and Ancestry Library Edition. Check out new genealogy books from the library collection and learn more about the wealth of genealogy records available at VPL.

Tuesdays, November 1 and  November 22 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Dunbar Branch Library 4515 Dunbar Street
For more information contact: Dunbar Branch Library at 604 665-3968


Fall Classes At Vancouver Public Library

Posted August 12, 2016

We're holding 3 classes this fall in the Level 7 Computer Lab at the Central Library:

Trace Your Ancestors with Ancestry Library Edition

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Trace Your Ancestors with FamilySearch

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

Trace Your Ancestors with Library and Archives Canada

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

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.

Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Posted July 12, 2016
Brings together and makes accessible in a single, searchable database over 6000 Chinese Canadian artefacts held by 16 local and regional museums throughout British Columbia. Anyone with Internet access can virtually enter these participating museums and discover much about the everyday lives of early Chinese Canadians – their resilience in the face of over a century of racist exclusions, their work and family life from decades past, and their ongoing community contributions. Whether searching family genealogies, investigating Chinese Canadian history, or looking for Qing-era pottery, CCAP opens new pathways into the past and presen

New Welsh Almanac Collection

Posted July 4, 2016

The National Library of Wales has digitized a large collection of Welsh almanacs.  Each almanac contains astronomical and astrological guides, lists of fairs and markets, a guide to reading Welsh and keeping accounts, a list of the law terms, the names of Welsh bishops, and miscellaneous advertisements.  The collection runs from 1648 to 1819 and is a fascinating source of information on Welsh history and culture. Much of the text is in Welsh.

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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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