Posted May 9, 2018
The Gulag History State Museum opened an archival center in Moscow to “help descendants discover the fate of their family members” who were sent to the forced labor camps. The center “houses a library, an interactive map of the Gulag camps accessible on computer screens and a growing archive of interviews with victims and descendants, and potentially even former prison guards,” The Art Newspaper reported. The information in the center “draws from Memorial’s database,” and the center “will work with government archives to add information.” The latter will be difficult because many of the relevant “records are held by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Federal Security Service, successor agencies of Stalin’s secret police, which perpetrated the repressions.” A further complication is that since 2014 Memorial has been under the government’s “foreign agent” restrictions.
Posted April 23, 2018
Tuesday, June 19 (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
Learn about the exciting online resources available through the library's ancestry database.
Posted March 28, 2018
The Imperial War Museum has created a database of war memorials in the United Kingdom. It includes memorials to members of the armed forces, civilians and animals from all wars. You can search records of over 74,000 memorials. The database can be searched by name. It currently includes over one million names and continues to expand.
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 February 27, 2018
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2018 by exploring your Irish roots. This workshop will introduce key records and how to find them using Vancouver Public Library resources and the Internet.
Saturday, March 17, 2018 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Dunbar Branch Library
Posted February 13, 2018
The SS Great Britain was a passenger steamship that sailed from 1845 to 1886 mostly between England and Australia. The database includes information on all of the crew and passengers as well as background on what it was like to sail aboard.
Posted February 9, 2018
This database from the City University of New York contains records of slaves and slave owners in New York State from 1525 to the American Civil War. It can be searched by name, locality, birth year and more.
2017 - JULY - DECEMBER
Posted December 19, 2017
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 LAC's website and genealogy resources, as well as tips and tricks to help you delve into your indigenous genealogy. Beginners welcome.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm)
Posted November 10, 2017
Facebook is an excellent to network with other family historians and get information and advice for your project. Genealogist Katherine R. Wilson has compiled a list of 11,700+ Genealogy/History Links on Facebook. The list spans the globe and is organized by location.
Posted November 8, 2017
Harvard University has begun the process of digitizing images of the archival and manuscript materials in the Harvard Library that relate to 17th and 18th century North America. The online project so far includes 150,000 images of diaries, journals, notebooks and other rare documents.
Posted October 12, 2017
Reclaim the Records has posted images of a paper index covering 115 years of New Jersey marriages on the Internet Archive. An index by bride's name and groom's name are available for most years.
Posted September 29, 2017
The National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin has added 10,000 historic photos from across Ireland to its digitized collection of 250,000 folk stories. Stories and photos can be searched by place, person or topic. A great source for adding local colour to Irish family histories.
Posted September 23, 2017
The Digital Panopticon: Tracing London Convicts in Britain & Australia, 1780-1925 provides access to millions of records for more than 90,000 people sentenced to transportation from the Old Bailey in London. Links court records in Britain to settlement records in Australia.
Posted September 18, 2017
The 1921 Canadian Census is now available on the Library and Archives Canada website. Previously access had only been through Ancesty.ca.
Posted September 13, 2017
The Auckland War Memorial Museum has posted a searchable database of records for over 100,000 New Zealand soldiers serving in World War II. Families and researchers are able to contribute additional information about each soldier to the database.
Posted June 26, 2017
FamilySearch’s progress in digitizing microfilm and the decreased use of microfilm technology has led to this decision. The last day for ordering microfilm will be August 31, 2017.
"Families hold societies together, and intergenerational relationships extend this legacy over time. This year’s International Day of Families is an occasion to celebrate connections among all members of the constellation that makes up a family. It is also an opportunity to reflect on how they are affected by social and economic trends - and what we can do to strengthen families in response." - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for 2013
More information: www.findingyourroots.ca/index.html