Vancouver British Columbia Family History Centre

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Centre, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

(The Vancouver BC FSL is a larger microfilm circulation center with six patron use computers, 9 microfilm readers, and a digital camera microfilm imaging system. The center is open Tuesday through Friday - see the specific hours & upcoming closure dates below.)

Library Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  • 5280 Kincaid Street, Burnaby BC V5G 1V9 Canada
  • Entrance is on the west side of the building from the parking lot.
  • Google Map

Phone: 604-299-8656


Library Hours:

  • Tuesday:      10am - 2pm
  • Wednesday: 10am - 9pm
  • Thursday:    10am - 2pm
  • Friday:         10am - 2pm

Upcoming Closures:

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

  • Finding Your Roots Tri-Stake Seminar (20th Annual) - Sat. Oct. 17th, 2015 - check back for details - Location: 6270-126th St. Surrey, BC.

Class Schedule

  • No local classes currently scheduled.

Staff Training Meetings

  • Next Training Meeting: Tuesday January 6th at 7:00pm

Centre Resources


Online Databases

  • FHC Portal This library has access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access in the centre to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. The portal includes access to the following:
  1. 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archives
  2. Access Newspaper Archives
  3. Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War
  5. ArkivDigital - Swedish Church Records
  6. Find My Past
  8. The Genealogist
  9. Godfrey Memorial Library
  10. Heritage Quest Online
  11. Historic Map works Library Edition
  12. Legacy Stories
  13. Paper Trail
  14. World Vital Records

Equipment, Hardware & Software

  • There are nine microfilm readers - three are dedicated high magnification units.
  • There are three microfiche readers.
  • A wireless access point is available for laptop connectivity.
  • There are six patron use computers with the following installed programs:
  1. Ancestral Quest
  2. ArkivDigital
  3. Family Search Indexing
  4. Freedmans Bank Records
  5. Legacy 8.0
  6. Libre Office 4.2
  7. National Burial Index for England and Wales (version 3) - only installed on 1 computer
  8. Pedigree Resource File including the Master Index and Pedigrees up to DVD 140
  9. Personal Ancestral File (version 4 and 5.2)
  10. Roots Magic 6
  11. Scottish Church Records (FamilySearch 2.27 DOS version)

Centre Services

Staff Research Specialties

Lil Heselton (Wednesdays 2pm - 6pm)
American, French Canadian & Swedish

Resources in the Local Area


Volunteer at the Centre

(Details coming soon.)