Discover your past, discover yourself! We have one of the largest Canadian family history collections in the country.

Our collection

Located in North Surrey, the City Centre branch maintains the family history collection.

This collection has over 5000 microfilms and over 3000 books. Specialized equipment includes:

  • Microfilm/microfiche reader/printers
  • ViewScan reader with USB capability
  • Photocopier

    Document delivery services 

    The Family History department offers a limited look up service. Staff can research specific records on microfilm, print or database. Research requests must be simple, not requiring extensive research, and include adequate information.

    Records are returned either by email in PDF format, fax, or regular mail for a fee of $5.00 per item. Postal or fax charges apply. 

    Vital Statistics

    BC Archives includes digitized BC vital events records accessible online. Check the BC Archives first when searching for BC birth, marriage and death records. It contains births to 1903, marriages to 1941, and deaths to 1996.

    The Family History microfilm collection at the City Centre branch includes births to 1903, marriages to 1933, and deaths to 1988.

    Online Resources

    We have great tools purchased by the library along with trusted websites help you in your family history research.

    See a full list of our online resources.

    Need help? Contact the Family History department at the City Centre branch:

    Phone: 604-598-7328

    Fax: 604-598-7321

    Research your Family's History

    Start your research with a guide written by Family History staff.