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Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Tagalog, Hindi

Family History Research

Databases (available at Cloverdale Library only)

Ancestry Library — International genealogy resource with the largest online Canadian family history collection, searchable by surname. Includes many digitized full records. Available in library only at the Cloverdale Library Family History department.

Find My Past — World Collection includes U.K., U.S., Irish, Australia, New Zealand, and many smaller record sets from around the world including the 1939 Register. Also includes British genealogy resources: 1911 U.K. census, British military records, English births, marriages, deaths and more. Available in library only at the Cloverdale Library Family History department.

HeritageQuest — Combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with other genealogical and historic collections. Available in library only at the Cloverdale Library Family History department.

Points to the Past — Nearly 200 million pages of digitized rare historical content, including searchable primary source material such as maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons, poems, and more for research, teaching, and learning.

Scotland Places  Search across three national databases to access historical resources relating to places throughout Scotland. Available in library only at the Cloverdale Library Family History department.

Getting Started

BBC Family History: Getting Started

Family Search: Getting started with your family history

Find People From the Past: A Genealogy Resource Guide for Kids

Genealogy and Family History

Getting Started in Genealogy & Family History: UK perspective

Rootsweb Guide

Tracing your Family Tree Alberta Family Histories Society


Canada - National

Automated Genealogy

  • 1851NB, 1851(1852), 1901, 1906 & 1911 digitized, surname searchable, Canadian Census Records

CanGenealogy: web portal to Canadian genealogy resources

Canadian Obituary Links

Canadian Directories

Canadian Directories collection from Library & Archives Canada A database of scanned, microfiche versions of pre-1901 Canadian directories. Contains 95 directories in the Canadian Directories Collection database, including a comprehensive collection of directories for Ottawa (spanning 1861 to 1901) and Halifax (1869 to 1901).

Canada GenWeb

Canadian Local Histories: Our Roots / Nos Racines

Komagata Maru Journey this Simon Fraser University site offers a comprehensive collection of key materials and related resources on the Komagata Maru incident, and includes personal interviews, digitized content, videos and learning modules. This is a great resource for educators, researchers, students and the general public to learn more about this historic event and its continuing impact.

Library & Archives Canada Archives Search

Library & Archives Canada (ArchiviaNet)

Library & Archives Canada Genealogy and Family History Many research tools such as census indexes, genealogical databases, including military, land, immigration records, atlases, reference books and finding aids.

Multicultural Canada Portal

United Empire Loyalist Research Guide from VPL

WW1 Canadian War Brides (informational site with a link to the blog)



Alberta Family History Society

Alberta Genealogical Society

Alberta Heritage Digitization Project (AHDP)

Alberta newspapers collection

British Columbia

Alphabetical List of Burials: Mountain View Cemetery (Vancouver)

BC Archives

BC Archives Genealogy Includes vital statistics

BC Cemetery Finding Aid

BC Genealogical Society

BC GenWeb

BC Geographical names Find BC Geographical names, past and present

BC vital certificates

BC Historical Federation

British Colonist Newspaper: 1858-1910

British Columbia City Directories from VPL: 1860-

History of Surrey Public Library

The City of Surrey A History by Jack Brown

Memory BC formerly the British Columbia Archival Information Network (BCAUL). Search archival collections across the province.

Vancouver Island History

Women's History Network of BC


Manitoba (Manitoba History)

Manitoba Archives (includes Hudson's Bay Co. Archives)

Manitoba Genealogical Society

Manitoba Vital Statistics (Search Page)

Search Historic Manitoba Papers

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Genealogical Society

New Brunswick Provincial Archives

New Brunswick Vital Statistics


Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador Archives

Newfoundland & Labrador Vital Statistics

Newfoundland’s Grand Banks Genealogy

Nova Scotia

Consolidated Index to Lunenburg County Probated Wills, 1770-1999

Nova Scotia Archives

Nova Scotia Vital Statistics


County Atlas Digital Project (searchable by surname)

Ontario Archives

Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid

Ontario Genealogical Society

Ontario Vital Statistics from Archives Ontario

Toronto Star - Pages of the Past (Name searchable, digitized images include birth, marriage and death notices, 1894 - 2006. Subscription options very affordable for short time periods, as little as one hour.)

Prince Edward Island

PEI Genealogical Society

PEI Vital Statistics


BMS 2000 over 7 million Québec Births, Marriages and Deaths, from Nouvelle France to the 1990s. Fee based site.

Québec Archives

Québec Family History Society

Québec Vital Statistics

Montreal & District Directories 1842-1999


Regina Public Library: Prairie History Collection includes link to digitized Regina Leader Post Newspaper

Saskatchewan Archives

Saskatchewan Genealogical Society

Saskatchewan Vital Statistics

First Nations

Aboriginal Heritage from Library & Archives Canada

BC First Nations Directory: alphabetical list of each nation, with contact telephone numbers, location of reserves and number of band members

Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada: Information on obtaining status

UBC First Nations House of Learning: Xwi7xwa Library

Union of BC Indian Chiefs: Digital Collections and Agency Testimonies from the Royal Commission on Indian Affairs for the Province of British Columbia, 1913-1916.

USA: Native American Genealogy: Reconnecting With Your American Indian Heritage


Fraser Valley Métis Association

Fraser Valley Métis Nation

Library & Archives Canada Métis

Métis Nation

Chinese Canadian

Library and Archives Canada: Chinese

Vancouver Public Library's Chinese-Canadian Genealogy website


Cyndi’s List: International Web Portal

FamilySearch: one of the world's largest, free online resources from the Latter Day Saints

Genealogy Links

Immigrant Ancestors Project – database of information from international immigration registers

Obit Finder - Canada and the USA


Australian Gateway Site for Tracing Family History

Family History Unit: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

NSW Family History

United Kingdom including Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland

Free UKGen


Leitrim-Roscommon Genealogy

National Archives of Ireland

National Archives of Scotland

PRONI: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Scotland's People

Scottish Emigration Database

UK National Archives

United States

US GenWeb Project

US National Archives – Genealogy

US Passenger Lists

Connecting with Others Online

Find Descendants and Fellow Researchers - Share Information

Association of Personal Historians Community

Rootsweb Sharing


DNA Testing for Genealogy

DDC: AncestrybyDNA

Family Tree DNA

International Society for Genetic Genealogy


Forget Me Not Family Society