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Explore your roots at VPL and beyond: resources and services for genealogists
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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

Spring Classes At Vancouver Public Library

Posted April 3, 2017

We're holding 3 classes this spring:

Genealogy in England

Friday, April 21, 2017 (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm)
Dunbar Community Centre

Trace Your Ancestors with FamilySearch

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
Central Branch

Trace Your Ancestors with Library and Archives Canada

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
Central Branch

Large Collection of Early Victorian Photographs

Posted February 15, 2017

The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford have created a website with the complete works of William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the early inventors in photography.  The site will  contain more than 25,000 images from England, produced between 1834 and 1846.

Heritage Week in Maple Ridge February 11 – 18, 2017

Posted February 9, 2017

Events include downtown and cemetery walking tours, workshops and Heritage Awards.

Maple Ridge Museum Family History Group Newsletter:

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:

To view the records:

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.

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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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