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Genealogy and Family History

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

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

Explore Your Roots: Researching Indigenous Genealogy at LAC

Posted November 7, 2018

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 the LAC website and genealogy resources, as well as tips and tricks to help you delve into your indigenous genealogy. Beginners welcome.

This event is developed under a collective arrangement between the Vancouver Public Library and Library and Archives Canada.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 (2:00 pm – 4:30 pm)
Mount Pleasant Branch

In the Trenches: Digitized First World War Records - A Library and Archives Canada Introductory Workshop

Posted October 21, 2018

This introductory genealogy workshop teaches participants how to access Canadian Expeditionary Force service files, identify an individual's military unit and consult various digitized resources such as war diaries to learn about the context of an individual's service.

In partnership with Library and Archives Canada

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)
Central Library

Trace Your Ancestors with Ancestry Library Edition

Posted October 21, 2018

Learn about the exciting online resources available through the library's ancestry database.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
Collingwood Branch

Access to Restricted FamilySearch Images Has Been Restored

Posted September 5, 2018

Restricted FamilySearch Images Now Available At VPL's Central Library

Posted March 13, 2018

Sometimes when you are looking at records at you'll see an image labeled, , .

This used to  mean that you needed  to visit a Family History Centre to view the image.  Now you can come down to the Central Library at 350 West Georgia and use any of our public computers to view the image.  You will be able to save the image on a USB stick or email it to yourself.

Records available include church records from Great Britain, probate records from Ontario, the full text of family history books and much more. To date, over 1.5 million microfilms (approximately 1.5 billion images) have been digitized by FamilySearch, including all microfilms which were borrowed in the last five years.

Please note that some digital images may still have privacy, copyright, contractual, or other restrictions which limit access even at the Central Library

Quebec opens adoption files 1920-1970

Posted August 1, 2018

The government of Quebec opened 300,000 adoption files for children adopted between the years 1920 and 1970.

New Library and Archives Canada Service at the Vancouver Public Library

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.

For more Genealogy and Family History Buzz, please visit the Archive

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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