Explore Your Topic: Genealogy

Our librarians have handpicked the most helpful resources on this topic from the Library collection and online.

Library Databases

Ancestry Library Edition (in-library use only)

A popular database for genealogical research.  This resource includes records from around the world, including from the US, UK and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more. (In-library use only.)

Points to the Past

Points to the Past provides access to nearly 200 million pages of digital historical content. Searchable primary source historical material dating 1450-2008, including maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons and poems for research, teaching and learning. Includes titles from the Smithsonian, publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, documents from the Slavery and Anti-Slavery Transnational Archive, treaties, state papers, declassified documents, British literary manuscripts, and more.

Available in the library and at home within BC. No library card required. 


On the Web

Electronic index to British Columbia's historical birth, death and marriage registration records.

A gateway to Canada's genealogical records provided by Library and Archives Canada. It provides genealogical content, advice, services and research tools.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints online index of names, one of the world's most extensive online databases.

One of Western Canada's most extensive genealogy resources.

Published by the Government of Canada, this guide describes the main sources of genealogical information in Library and Archives Canada and mentions sources of information in other Canadian centres.

The UK's central advisory body on archives and manuscripts.