Ancestry Library Edition provides genealogical and historical research capabilities. With more than 5 billion names in over 4,600 databases, includes census, military, court, land, and probate records; vital and church records; directories; and passenger lists. Access Ancestry Library Edition (In-library use only)

Please note that during the COVID-19 Pandemic, ProQuest and its partner Ancestry have temporarily expanded this service to library cardholders working remotely. Please call the library (604-885-3260) for instructions on how to access this resource. Once you have your access credentials, please click here.

Powerpoint Presentations

Family History Month (2017) event: Trace your ancestors with Ancestry Library Edition – Teresa Eckford  (Click to download pdf)

Introduction to Family History Research presentation – Teresa Eckford (Sechelt Library – 22  Oct 2018) (Click to download pdf)

Saving your Memories presentation – Teresa Eckford (Click to download pdf)

Teresa’s Genealogy & Family History Toolbox


Further Resources
British Columbia

Sechelt Community Archives – The Sechelt Community Archives, an institutional member of the Archives Association of British Columbia, opened to the public in 1997. Its collection includes fascinating photographs and documents of historical Sechelt and district, and the Sunshine Coast in general. Genealogists, history researchers, college and school students will find a wealth of information, including: biographical data; First Nations history; pioneer family histories; photographs; local newspapers (clippings and microfilm); neighbourhood histories.

British Columbia Archives Genealogy Search – Provides access to indexes, and in some cases, record images, for Births (1854-1903), Marriages (1872-1943), Deaths (1872-1998), Colonial Marriages (1859-1872), and Baptisms (1836-1888).

BC Genealogical Society – The main genealogy society for the Vancouver area. They have regular meetings in Burnaby . The website has links to their catalogue and other sites for genealogy.

Métis Nation British Columbia – Apply for Citizenship

First Peoples’ Map of BC – Presented by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, this map illustrates the languages of the first peoples of west coast of BC.

Points to the Past – Searchable primary source material: maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons, poems, and more. For research, teaching and learning.

Genealogy and Family History at Vancouver Public Library – Information about VPL’s genealogy related databases, collections, and classes.

Genealogy and Family History at Surrey Public Library (Cloverdale Branch) – With one of the largest family history collections in the country, the Surrey Public Library’s Cloverdale Branch offers free-to-use in-house online databases (Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest Online, FindMyPast), microfiche and microfilm readers/printers, classes, and programs.

The Nauticapedia – nautical heritage site with information on Canada’s Pacific nautical history and heritage and other topics of general maritime interest curated by local author John MacFarlane. Includes biographies.


Canadian Genealogy Centre – A gateway to Canada’s genealogical resources provided by Library and Archives Canada. It offers genealogical content, advice, services and research tools.

Indigenous Genealogy – Resources from Library and Archives Canada.

Digitized and Described Indigenous Heritage Content – Library and Archives Canada

Métis Nation Citizenship information – Métis Nation

Métis Genealogy – links to a variety of resources for Métis and Indigenous genealogy.

Facebook for Canadian Genealogy – “Here you will find a list of Canadian genealogy and historical pages and groups on Facebook, in English and French,that may help with our research. The list also includes archival centres and museums that offer genealogical and historical resources. I encourage you to share this list with others, but please credit me, Gail Dever. Suggestions for additions to this list or broken links should be sent to:”

Canadian Historical Association Booklets – Digitized and free-to-download PDF version of booklets written by members of the Canadian Historical Association between 1953 and 2015. Of especial interest is the collection devoted to Immigration and Ethnicity.

Free Birth, Marriage, Death Indexes – Canada“These searchable indexes provide specific BMD information, and often scanned images of the actual birth, marriage, and death certificates themselves. These free online collections have hundreds of millions of records in them in total.”

Second World War: Researching the Canadian Fallen – Resources – A list of resources for those researching ancestors and relatives who served during World War Two, from genealogist Ken McKinlay.


Family Tree Kids – from Family Tree Magazine (UK) “Working on a school project about your family history? … You’ve come to the right place! Family Tree Kids is a site where you learn how to become a “family detective” and dig up clues about your ancestry. Our games and activities are created just for kids—none of that boring grownup stuff—so you can have fun tracing your roots!”