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.
Posted February 13, 2018
The SS Great Britain was a passenger steamship that sailed from 1845 to 1886 mostly between England and Australia. The database includes information on all of the crew and passengers as well as background on what it was like to sail aboard.
Posted February 9, 2018
This dtabase from the City University of New York contains records of slaves and slave owners in New York State from 1525 to the American Civil War. It can be searched by name, locality, birth year and more.
Posted January 2, 2018
Researching Your Irish Family History
Saturday, March 17, 2018 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2018 by exploring your Irish roots. This workshop will introduce key records and how to find them using Vancouver Public Library resources and the Internet.
Posted December 19, 2017
Learn about resources, related to indigenous genealogy, held in Library and Archives Canada's (LAC) vast collection! This workshop will provide you with a greater understanding of LAC's holdings, how to use LAC's website and genealogy resources, as well as tips and tricks to help you delve into your indigenous genealogy. Beginners welcome.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm)
Posted November 15, 2017
The Vancouver Public Library is very excited to announce the launch of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) service at the Central Library. Monday to Friday during LAC service hours, library patrons can speak to the national institution’s expert staff, receive assistance for research, request documents from Ottawa, and access key genealogy databases such as Find My Past.
Posted November 10, 2017
Facebook is an excellent to network with other family historians and get information and advice for your project. Genealogist Katherine R. Wilson has compiled a list of 11,700+ Genealogy/History Links on Facebook. The list spans the globe and is organized by location.
Posted November 8, 2017
Harvard University has begun the process of digitizing images of the archival and manuscript materials in the Harvard Library that relate to 17th and 18th century North America. The online project so far includes 150,000 images of diaries, journals, notebooks and other rare documents.
Posted June 26, 2017
FamilySearch’s progress in digitizing microfilm and the decreased use of microfilm technology has led to this decision. The last day for ordering microfilm will be August 31, 2017.
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