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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

Irish Burial Records

Posted May 25, 2017

Over 60, 000 burial records from the north part of County Dublin have been posted online into a free database.  Maps, plans, history and photographs are also available  Records cover the period between 1905 and 2005

Upcoming Events at Dunbar Branch

Posted April 26, 2017

Researching Your B.C. Family History

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm)

Learn about resources for researching your family history in British Columbia. This program will introduce a variety of B.C. records, including civil registration, church registers, wills, and more. Tips for researching in B.C. libraries, archives, and on the internet will also be provided.

Heritage Albums of Dunbar - Southlands

Saturday, May 13, 2017 (2:00 pm – 5:00 pm) and Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (4:30 pm – 7:30 pm)

Drop in to explore and discuss the history of Dunbar through pictures, clippings, and other items in displays and heritage albums compiled by Terry Slack and other Dunbar residents.

Research Your Vancouver Home

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm)  

Learn how to research the history of your Vancouver house using resources from the Vancouver Public Library's Special Collections, including city directories, historical photographs and more.

Researching Canadian Immigration Records

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm)

Celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary by researching the history of your family's arrival in Canada. Learn about passenger lists, other key documents, and how to locate your ancestor in these historic records.

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.

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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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