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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
New Digitized Library and Archives Canada Microfilms on the Héritage Portal
Posted August 13, 2015
Material includes land records, Chinese immigrant registers, Japanese Canadian Citizens Association records, voters lists and war diaries.
Family History Library Free Online Classes for August
Posted August 1, 2015
Classes on Ireland, England, Poland and Italy. Find out more at the FamilySearch Blog.
Search British Merchant Navy Crew Lists Online
Posted July 13, 2015
Volunteers have transcribed close to a million names of men who served in the British Merchant Navy in 1915. Records include name, rank, age, hometown and the name of the ship.
Images for Ontario Births, Marriages and Deaths now on FamilySearch
Posted July 13, 2015
Images for Ontario birth records from 1869-1911, marriage records from 1800-1927, and death records from 1869-1937 have been added to the Ontario Historical Records Collection. Find out more about Finding Ontario Civil Registration Records in the Special Topics section of this guide.
Family History Library Announces Free Online Classes for July
Posted June 29, 2015
Classes for beginners and on Denmark and Wales. Find out more at the FamilySearch Blog.
Sessions from Gobal Family Reunion Conference are Now Online
Posted June 18, 2015
The conference was held on June 6 in New York City. Speakers included Henry Louis Gates, Dr. Oz, CeCe Moore and Joshua Taylor.
Tomorrow At VPL!
Family Research : Coming to Canada - A Look at Immigration and Shipping Records
Posted June 15, 2015
The British Columbia Genealogy Society presents a panel discussion on immigration and shipping records which allow individuals to trace the journey of their ancestors to Canada. The majority of records relate to passengers arriving between 1880 and 1920, however, other sources of information are also available. Rob Whitlock, president of the Society, will moderate.
June 16, 2015 (1:30 PM – 3:30 PM)
Central Branch - Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye Rooms
Family History Library Announces Free Online Classes for June
Posted June 2, 2015
Classes includes Slovak, Danish, Hispanic, British and German genealogy. Find out more at the FamilySearch Blog.
Archives of Ontario Releases New Vital Events Records
Posted May 21, 2015
This set of microfilm records covers registrations for 1917 Ontario births, 1932 marriages and 1942 deaths, as well as all indexes. They are avaialble through our Interlibrary Loans service.
For more Genealogy and Family History Buzz, please visit the Archives.
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.