The main focus of genealogy resources and services at the Vancouver Public Library is on B.C. and Canadian records, but there are also useful resources and services for those who are interested in tracing their roots in other countries.
This guide provides basic information about civil registration, church and census records in the British Isles and United States, and includes recommended books and websites as well as tips on researching ancestors in other countries.
The guide makes reference to resources available at the Family History Library (FHL) and through FamilySearch. The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, houses a vast collection of microfilmed records collected from all over the world.
Reference is also made to Ancestry Library Edition (ALE), a large subscription database available at the Vancouver Public Library. Unlike many electronic resources, remote access from home is not available. ALE must be used at the library.
ScotlandsPeople is the major source of genealogical information for Scottish genealogical research. The site offers access to an extensive range of indexes and digitized images on a “pay-per-view” basis.
Irish genealogical research is particularly challenging because many records were lost in a devastating fire in 1922.
Even a brief overview is not possible in this short guide, but here are some tips to get you started on genealogical research in countries not covered in this guide: