Genealogy

Recommended websites

General resources | Local resources

General resources

Search the Vital Events Records for BC historical births, marriages and deaths. The Textual Records contain indexes for some BC baptisms, divorces, wills, probate case files and coroner’s records.

Links to past obituaries in BC newspapers. This site is maintained by the British Columbia Genealogical Society.

Run by volunteers, this website seeks to collect and distribute Canadian genealogical data on the web. Excellent research guides that extend beyond the usual topics such as where to find information about epidemics, disasters and mental health records.

The essential site for those researching Canadian ancestors. Includes links to Canadian passenger lists, censuses, vital statistics, and land records. Added features are clear “how to begin” guides and free downloadable software.

Famous for its massive on-line directory organized by subject. Great links to international family history sources.

Website of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. Provides free searchable databases, research guides and downloadable family history software.

Award-winning social networking site that allows users to build family trees online and invite relatives to collaborate.

This portal, managed by the Archives Association of BC, provides a searchable database of the archival material available at nearly 200 municipal, religious, professional, school, military, academic, and government repositories.

A website that allows genealogists to share their family history research and ask for help through user-contributed databases, mailing lists and message boards.

Local resources

Link to the directory of satellite libraries of The Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Burnaby’s Family History Center is located at 5280 Kincaid Street.

Surrey Public Library holds one of the largest collections of genealogical materials in Canada at its Cloverdale Branch, with extensive resources, programs and expertise on hand.  They also provide a very comprehensive set of web links.

Vancouver Public Library houses a large collection of genealogical materials. Sign up for free workshops and their Genealogical Resources Newletter.

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