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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 — British genealogy resource offering the 1911 U.K. census, British military records, English births, marriages and deaths and much more. Available in library only at the Cloverdale 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Points to the Past — Nearly 200 million pages of digitized rare historical content, including searchable primary source material such as maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons, poems, and more for research,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

How to Begin: Canadian Genealogy Centre

Tracing your Family Tree Alberta Family Histories Society

Getting Started in Genealogy & Family History: UK perspective

BBC Family History: Getting Started

Family Search: How to Start Your Family History

Rootsweb Guide

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

Canada - National

Library & Archives Canada (ArchiviaNet)

Canadian Genealogy Centre (Library and Archives Canada): an essential resource for Canadian research. You may search through all available records using the consolidated search on the main page, or search individual record groups by choosing What to Search: Topics from the left column. Select Military, Land, Immigration or any topic and you'll find detailed information about the subject as well as name searchable databases in many cases.

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

Canada GenWeb

Canadian Local Histories: Our Roots / Nos Racines

Canadian Newspapers on Microfilm – held by National Library of Canada

Canadian Geographical Names

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.

National Library of Canada Catalogue

United Empire Loyalist Research Guide from VPL

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

Multicultural Canada Portal

Who Do You Think You Are (Television show - Canadian edition)



Alberta Family History Society

Alberta Genealogical Society

Alberta Heritage Digitization Project (AHDP)

Obituaries in Alberta Newspapers 1885-2001

British Columbia

BC Archives: Home Page

BC Genealogical Society

BC Historical Federation

British Colonist Newspaper: 1858-1910

British Columbia City Directories: 1860-1901

BC Cemetery Finding Aid

BC GenWeb

BC Geographical names Find BC Geographical names, past and present

History of Surrey Public Library

Vancouver Island History

Murrayville Cemetery Gravestone Transcriptions Online (Langley)

Alphabetical List of Burials: Mountain View Cemetery (Vancouver)

The City of Surrey A History by Jack Brown

Vancouver Island History

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

Women's History Network of BC


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

Manitoba (Manitoba History)

Search Historic Manitoba Papers

Manitoba Vital Statistics (Search Page)

Manitoba Genealogical Society

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Genealogical Society

New Brunswick Provincial Archives

New Brunswick Vital Statistics


Newfoundland & Labrador Archives

Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador Vital Statistics

Newfoundland’s Grand Banks Genealogy

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Archives

Nova Scotia Vital Statistics

Consolidated Index to Lunenburg County Probated Wills, 1770-1999


Ontario Archives

Ontario Vital Statistics – Information about registrations

Ontario Genealogical Society

County Atlas Digital Project (searchable by surname)

Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid

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


Québec Archives

Québec Vital Statistics

Québec Family History Society

Montreal & District Directories 1842-1999

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


Saskatchewan Archives

Saskatchewan Genealogical Society

Saskatchewan Vital Statistics (Search Page)

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

First Nations

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

First Nations Research Guide: BC Archives

Indian & Northern Affairs Canada: Information on obtaining status

Library & Archives Canada: Canadian Genealogy Centre

Kla-how-eya Aboriginal Centre: Surrey Aboriginal Cultural Centre for local First Nations community

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.

UBC First Nations House of Learning: Xwi7xwa Library

Surrey's History by Jack Brown: Semiahmoo People

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

USA: Searching the National Archives for Native American records

USA: General Tips for finding First Nations Ancestors 


Library & Archives Canada: Information and Database for Métis Records

Métis National Council

  • Métis National Council: Historical Online Database

Métis Provincial Council of BC

Fraser Valley Métis Association

Fraser Valley Métis Nation

Chinese Canadian

Library and Archives Canada: Canadian Genealogy Centre:

Vancouver Public Library's Chinese-Canadian Genealogy website


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

Ancestry Library Edition: record set matches - access in library only

Heritage Quest: US Census records, digitized local history and genealogy books, PERSI: periodical index (includes Canadian genealogical society newsletters) - access in library only

Progenealogists ( researcher's web resource)  

Immigrant Ancestors Project – database of information from international immigration registers

Cyndi’s List: International Web Portal

Obit Finder - Canada and the USA

Mary's Genealogical Treasures (Portal)


Australian Gateway Site for Tracing Family History

Convicts Family History Guide: State Library of NSW

NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages

NSW State Records: Online Indexes (Includes immigration, convict, census, indigenous, land, naturalisation and probate records)

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

United Kingdom including Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland

National Archives of Scotland

Scotland's People

Scottish Emigration Database

UK National Archives


Free UKGen

Historical Directories for UK – 1850s-1910

National Archives of Ireland

PRONI: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Irish Genealogy Links

Donegal Research

Leitrim-Roscommon Genealogy

United States

US Passenger Lists

US GenWeb Project

US National Archives – Genealogy

Connecting with Others Online

Find Descendants and Fellow Researchers - Share Information

Rootsweb Sharing Community

Association of Personal Historians

DNA Testing for Genealogy

Family Tree DNA

DDC: AncestrybyDNA

Sorensen Molecular Genealogy

International Society for Genetic Genealogy

Deep Ancestry Information: National Geographic Genographic Project



British Columbia Adoption Registry (ARR)

Family Helper: Adoption Search and Reunion Support Groups Canada

Forget Me Not Family Society