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 FHC 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 Tuesdays through Saturdays - see the specific hours below.)

Centre Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

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

Phone: 604-299-8656


Open Hours:
Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 10am - 2pm
Wednesdays: 10am - 9pm
Thursdays: 10am - 6pm

Upcoming Closures:
Saturday Sep. 28th, 2013 - Stake Relief Society Family History Class
Saturday Oct. 5th, 2013 - General Conference
Saturday Oct. 19th, 2013 - Finding Your Roots Seminar in Surrey

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Stake Relief Society Family History Class
Sat. Sep. 28th, 2013
Starts at 1pm at the Stake FHC
5280 Kincaid St. Burnaby, BC

Finding Your Roots Seminar
Sat. Oct. 19th, 2013
8:30am - 4:00pm
6270 - 126th St. Surrey, BC

Class Schedule

No classes currently scheduled.

Staff Training Meetings

Next Training Meeting: Tue. Nov. 5th, 2013 at 7pm

Centre Resources


Online Databases

  • FHC Portal This centre 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. Acadian Cajun Family Trees
  2. Ancestral Quest
  3. ArkivDigital
  4. Australian Vital Records
  5. British Isles 1851 Census
  6. Family History Resource File Viewer - see below**
  7. Family Search Indexing
  8. Freedmans Bank Records
  9. Libre Office 4.0
  10. National Burial Index for England and Wales (version 3) - only installed on 1 computer
  11. Pedigree Resource File including the Master Index and Pedigrees up to DVD 140
  12. Roots Magic 6
  13. Scottish Church Records (FamilySearch 2.27 DOS version)
** Family History Resource File Viewer Contents
1880 US Census
1880 US Census - National Index
1881 British Census
1881 British Census - National Index
1881 Canadian Census
Mormon Immigration Index
Vital Records Index - British Isles - Second Edition
Vital Records Index - Middle America - Mexico
Vital Records Index - North America
Vital Records Index - Scandinavia - Denmark
Vital Records Index - Scandinavia - Finland
Vital Records Index - Scandinavia - Norway
Vital Records Index - Scandinavia - Sweden
Vital Records Index - Western Europe - Alpine Region
Vital Records Index - Western Europe - Benelux Region
Vital Records Index - Western Europe - French Region
Vital Records Index - Western Europe - German Region
Vital Records Index - Western Europe - Italian Region
Vital Records Index - Western Europe - Spanish Region

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.)