Family History Month (2017) event: Trace your ancestors with Ancestry Library Edition – Teresa Eckford (Click to download pdf)
Ancestry Library Edition (In-library use only) Ancestry 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. For more information see Teresa’s guide to Using Ancestry Library Edition.
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 … Website has links to their catalogue and other sites for genealogy.
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.
Métis Genealogy – links to a variety of resources for Métis and Indigenous genealogy.
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.
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: email@example.com.”
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.
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.
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!”
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.”
History at Home – a guide to Genealogy – Created and maintained by children in an after-school care program in Colorado. Good resource, especially for those new to family history research.