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Genealogy and Family History

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.

Genealogy and Family History Buzz

In the Trenches: Digitized First World War Records - A Library and Archives Canada Introductory Workshop

Posted October 20, 2019

Are you interested in researching your ancestors' First World War military service?

This introductory genealogy workshop teaches participants how to access Canadian Expeditionary Force service files, identify an individual's military unit and consult various digitized resources such as war diaries to learn about the context of an individual's service.

Basic ability to use a keyboard and mouse in required.

In partnership with Library and Archives Canada.

Friday, November 1, 2019 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)
Central Library

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
Kitsilano Branch

Connection to Kith and Kin: Indigenous Ancestry Search

Posted September 17, 2019

Knowing where we come from connects us to land and culture, and empowers us to make change. In this workshop, experts help participants search online records for family documents.

In partnership with Library and Archives Canada, ALIVE, IRSSS, Our Place, and Britannia Community Services.

Wednesdays, September 18 – October 23, 2019
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Britannia Branch

British Columbia Civil Registration Records Released

Posted June 10, 2019

Death records for 1998 and marriage records for 1943 are now available from the British Columbia Archives.

1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces is Now Online

Posted February 27, 2019

Library and Archives Canada and FamilySearch International have announced the release of the 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces database which provides a free searchable index of over two million names with digital images of 45,000 pages.

Learn more and search the 1926 Census on Library and Archives Canada’s website, as well as at

Free Access to Canadian digital documentary heritage CANADIANA online

Posted February 9, 2019

As of January 1, 2019, 60 million pages of Canadian digital documentary heritage will be available at no charge to users. The Canadiana collections are the largest online collections of early textual Canadiana in the world. The removal of the subscription paywall will allow unimpeded access to this unique historical content for researchers, students, faculty, and all users in Canada and around the world.

Maclean's Magazine Archive, 1905-2015 Now Available

Posted January 9, 2019

Access to Maclean's Magazine Archive, 1905-2015 is now available at the Vancouver Public Library. One hundred and ten years of searchable, cover-to-cover access to Canada's leading general interest magazine. Maclean's Magazine Archive is accessible via EBSCO to all VPL Cardholders.

New Library and Archives Canada Service at the Vancouver Public Library

Posted November 15, 2017

The Vancouver Public Library is very excited to announce the launch of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) service at the Central Library. Monday to Friday during LAC service hours, library patrons can speak to the national institution’s expert staff, receive assistance for research, request documents from Ottawa, and access key genealogy databases such as Find My Past.

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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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