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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
Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos
Posted June 12, 2017
The Holocaust Museum in Washington has released the first 2 of 7 online volumes with detailed information of Nazi-established persecution sites throughout Europe. Volume 2 lists all of the ghettos in Eastern Europe and describes geography, conditions, history, population and the fates of people forced to live in the ghettos.
July Class at Central Library
Posted May 31, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm)
Learn about Ancestry Library Edition, an exciting resource for family research, at this hands-on genealogy workshop
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 Event at Dunbar Branch
Posted April 5, 2017
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.
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.