Seminars / Education

Do you have short-course, seminar, research project, etc. to share with the genealogy community?  Send us an email with the details and we will publish it on our web page.


Quick Reference:  Current information listings below include:

- Picture This!

- Family History Programs at Cloverdale Library

- Call for speakers - Family Roots 2017. Submission deadline March 1, 2017

Ongoing:  Genealogy Collection Orientations
with Cloverdale Library Staff

The Cloverdale Branch of Surrey Public Library has one of the most extensive collections of Canadian genealogical materials in Western Canada. The library has a wide variety of books and microfilms covering records from the Canadian provinces and territories. To help you become familiar with the collection, the Cloverdale library offers orientations on the first Saturday of every month, from 10 am - 10:50 am. See for upcoming dates.

No Charge but please register - dates may change over holiday weekends, and orientations are not be held during the summer. Please check the latest program listings online or contact the branch.


The Cloverdale Library is looking at putting together a new program called 

Picture This!

But I need your ideas to make this work. So tell me what you think!


Picture This! will use green screen technology.  This allow you (or someone you know) to appear inside a photograph. Imagine a your grandchild in the same photograph as your grandparents!

 The photograph can be an historic family photograph or any historic scene that you choose. You can dress in costume and even use a prop if you like. Once we set up a date (sometime in 2017), here is the plan (so far):


·         You register in advance at Cloverdale Library

·         One week (at the latest) prior to the program date, you send a digital copy of a photograph to me

·         You arrive on time to get yourself or other family members photographed in front of the green screen

·         Voila! the green screen image gets added into the historic photograph

·         We will also have a stock of images on-hand, so if you don’t want to send us a photograph in advance, then we can let you pick from our set of images

·         Optional: you can sign a release form, so that we can use the photograph to display at the library or online

·         If you don’t sign the release form, then we simply send the finished photograph to you – it is that simple


Some questions for you:

·         Would you be interested in participating?

·         Do you have other family members or friends that would be interested?

·         Any suggestions, ideas for improvement?


A few additional points

·         We want to attract an audience (families and/or individuals) beyond family historians

·         Hopefully the program acts as a “gateway” to attract more people to think about their own history

·         But above all – we want this to be fun!


Thanks everyone!


Paul MacDonell | Information Services Librarian

Surrey Public Library - Cloverdale Branch

5642 - 176A St, Surrey, BC, Canada V3S 4G9

T 604.598.7331 | F 604.598.7321 |

Family History Programs at Cloverdale.

Currently we have some old favourites scheduled such as Brenda Smith’s Start Searching and Start Writing courses (there is still room in Start Searching but it is nearly full!).

As well as Jamie Brown’s January 21 Digging Deeper into Family History.  It is a new program, but very much a continuation of Jamie’s Intro sessions.

Details on these and other courses can be found here.


Also if anyone on the list would like to be a Family History Program Presenter, then please get in touch with me.

Thanks so much!


Paul MacDonell | Information Services Librarian

Surrey Public Library - Cloverdale Branch

5642 - 176A St, Surrey, BC, Canada V3S 4G9

T 604.598.7327 | F 604.598.7321 |