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 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
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)
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)
Posted September 5, 2018
Posted March 13, 2018
Sometimes when you are looking at records at FamilySearch.org 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
Posted August 1, 2018
The government of Quebec opened 300,000 adoption files for children adopted between the years 1920 and 1970. https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1106996/orphelins-adoption-levee-sceau-confidentialite-mouvement-retrouvailles
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.