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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
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
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
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.
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.
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:
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
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.