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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.


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Fall Classes at VPL

Posted August, 2017

Genealogy: Trace Your Ancestors with FamilySearch

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) Kitsilano Branch

Tuessday, September 26, 2017 (3:00 - 4:30 pm) Champlain Heights Branch

Learn about this exciting online resource for family research available on the Internet at this genealogy workshop.

Genalogy Workshops At Dunbar Branch:

Researching Your Canadian Military Ancestors
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (2:30 – 4:00 pm)

Mark Remembrance Day by researching your family's historical Canadian military connections. This workshop will introduce a variety of resources and tools for exploring military roots, from New France to the 20th century.

Genealogy for All Ages!

Friday, December 1, 2017 (2:00 – 4:00 pm)

Explore your genealogy with your younger generation! Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins are invited to bring young relatives (ages 3-18) for an afternoon of games and crafts focused on sharing family history - and making it fun.

FamilySearch to Discontinue Microfilm Loans

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.

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

Trace Your Ancestors with Ancestry Library Edition

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

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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