Seminars / Education


Winter / Spring 2018 Genealogy Programs at Cloverdale Library
Please note that our Library parking lot will be reduced as of Monday Nov 20th to accommodate necessary construction on the Museum. We apologize for this inconvenience. There is 2 hour street parking on 176A Street and 56A Avenue. This is in addition to the closure of the Museum parking lot, which occurred some weeks ago.

Note: Pre-registration is required for Genealogy Programs - payment
is required before registration is complete unless otherwise noted.

 

To register, please call the Cloverdale Library at 604-598-7327,

drop in, or email [email protected]

 

Our website:  www.surreylibraries.ca/familyhistory



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. Visit our website 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.


Upcoming Family History Programs

 

Here is our spring 2018 Cloverdale Library Family History program line-up. Most programs appear on our site: https://surreylibraries.ca/events. Those that don’t appear should soon. In any case, registration is possible now for all of them. So please register! And tell your friends about them too.

 

(Later there may be additional programs added, so it is never a bad idea to check our events calendar.)

 

Of interest to many of you will be a City of Surrey Archives program on Feb 10 at Cloverdale Library starting at 11am:  The Miracle Mile. It is not a family history program, but is a program about the famous 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games held in Vancouver. Please note that registration is not done through the library. Check the link above to find more information. Others Archives programs will be held throughout the year in the meeting room at the library. So this is just the first of many.

 

 

Spring 2018 Genealogy Programs at Cloverdale Library

 

Note: Pre-registration is required for Genealogy Programs unless otherwise noted - payment is required before registration is complete unless otherwise noted.

 

To register, please call the Cloverdale Library at 604-598-7327,

drop in, or email [email protected]

 

Our website:  www.surreylibraries.ca/familyhistory

 

 

Fun Family History Fridays


A free drop-in, conversation session for any and all who are interested in family history and want to meet other family historians. No preparation required – just bring yourself and your fascination for all things genealogical.  By all means bring a friend along as well.

Generally the meetings will take place the first Friday of each month. But check our schedule or contact us to make sure. No session in May of this year!

Fridays, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6,  June 1 2:30pm – 4:00pm

No Charge



Ongoing: Start Searching Your Family History

A beginner’s workshop in five lessons with Brenda L. Smith...

 

Saturdays, 1:30-4:30pm on Saturdays Jan 20, Feb 3 and 24. March 10 and 24

 

This series of five 3-hour classes, developed by writer and researcher Brenda L. Smith, addresses each beginning family history researcher's need for guidance in embarking on a very personal journey.  Working with their own materials, and supporting each other, learners will discover their particular motives and set goals for their research, organize and evaluate their data, and plan the first stage of their individual programs.  Participants must be able to commit to attendance at all five sessions.

 

Lesson 1: Probe the Past - From the Known to the Unknown 
Discover your personal motivation for compiling a family history, formulate goals for research, and draft a family tree diagram.


Lesson 2: Organize - The Second Prime Directive
Explore organizational approaches, basic data collection and storage techniques, organize your workbook, and create a family group sheet.


Lesson 3: Can You Prove That? Verify Your Findings 
Process documents, discuss evidence and apply standards of proof.


Lesson 4: Right Forest, Wrong Tree: Interpret Your Findings

Build context for your research, & develop techniques for critical analysis of family history data.


Lesson 5: Pack Your Parachute: The Research Plan
Renew your research goals and prepare a plan for continuing research.


Charge: $100 for the series 

 

Start Writing Your Family History

A communications workshop in five lessons with Brenda L. Smith...

 

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Jan 20, Feb 3 and 24. March 10 and 24

 

This series of five 3-hour classes, developed by writer and researcher Brenda L. Smith, addresses the beginning family history researcher’s This need to report and publish research findings. Working with their own materials, and supporting each other, learners discover how to move from the gathering of information to creating a publishable product. Learners will set goals for their research, organize and evaluate their data, and practice writing basic history research reports. Participants must be willing to commit to attending all five sessions and be willing to share their writing samples with classmates and share oral evaluation of each other’s work.

 

Pre-requisite: completion of Start Searching Your Family History or approval from the Instructor.

Lesson 1: The Research Cycle

Examine the basics of writing practice including: audience identification, choosing a genre, identifying the topic.

 

Lesson 2: Organize to Write

Explore organizational approaches, citation, and apply standards of proof. Practice cooperative evaluation techniques.

 

Lesson 3: Get it on Paper

 Move from research to writing mode. Practice creating documents and discussing evidence.

 

Lesson 4: Edit

Decide what to use, what to eliminate, what to rewrite, what to save for next time.

 

Lesson 5: Publish

Discuss the publishing process in preparation for larger projects: including print and multimedia.


Charge: $100 for the series


The Lady in the Search

with Andrea Sinclair...


Women can be tricky to research. Knowing the name “Mrs. Frank Higgins” does not give you much to work with. Together we look at resources to find the documents that will help you learn more about the women in your family search and the roles they played in their communities.


Saturday, Feb 17, 10:30am – noon


Charge: $10


Ted and Louie’s Wedding: Building Context for a Family Event

with Brenda L. Smith...


Join Brenda L. Smith as she discusses a marriage that took place on “17 September 1901, St. Mary’s Parish Church, Eaton Constantine, Shropshire.”  Brenda will demonstrate how a little exploration of economic, social, and political circumstances can enrich your appreciation of “tombstone data.”

In this case, how a small village celebrates such a wedding, why the wedding was held at that time of year, the gifts that were given, and the clothing worn.

Brenda’s research will help you when all you have to start with is the name, date, and place of a family event, and you are wondering “what next”?


Saturday Mar 3, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Charge: $10


Irish Family History

with Jamie Brown...


A session on how to research your Irish ancestors. Please note: the program’s title and description will likely be updated. But registration is open.


Saturday Mar 17, 10:30 am – noon


No Charge


Western Canadian Land Records Unscrambled

with Brenda L. Smith...


You know your ancestor lived in Western Canada.  But what does “SW 17 83 W6” mean?  Or “447 College”?  Or “DL A of Lot B Block D sec 3 and 4 Block 6 North range 1 E CM Plan 10768”?  Explore the factors that have influenced how land has been surveyed, described and exchanged, where records might be found, and how to access these windows on your family story.  British Columbia will also be discussed.


Saturday April 7, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm.


Charge: $10


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. Visit our website 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.

 

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Abbotsford Stake Family History Day 2018

Qualicum Beach Family History Society Conference



Our third biannual international conference, Unlocking the Past 2018” will be on held on April 20 and 21, 2018 at The Beach Club Resort, 181 Beachside Drive, Parksville, B.C. 

 

It will be an exciting two-day conference as we are celebrating our Canadian heritage with a focus on both our Canadian and American ancestors, “children of a common mother” and the ever-changing world of technology and genealogy with three speakers:  Thomas MacEntee, Lesley Anderson and Tara Shymanski.  More information on the speakers is in the attached brochure.  

 

The pricing has now been set for the conference and we have updated our web page to reflect both the early bird and regular pricing rates.  Early bird rates will begin on November 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.  You will definitely want to mark this date on your calendar as we sold out very early last year.

 

Come for the Conference and Stay a Day

 

Learning about your ancestors is a journey into the past, but your journey to the Qualicum Beach Family History Society conference begins in the present with a cruise on a B.C. Ferries ship through the beautiful waters of the Strait of Georgia.  Upon arriving in Nanaimo you will drive up Island to Parksville where your visit begins.    

 

There are many options for accommodation in Parksville.   You may want to stay in The Beach Club Resort itself or perhaps in a nearby hotel or motel.    Suggested accommodations are:


 

The Beach Club Resort with easy access to the conference and world-class accommodations has special rates for conference attendees.  The information on these rates will be available when you sign up for the conference.

 

Sea Edge Motel (conveniently next door to The Beach Club Resort).   One or two-bedroom or kitchenette units at varying rates.  

 

Paradise Sea Shell Motel 374 West Island Highway, Parksville, B.C.    250-248-2334

Rates:   $59.00 (one queen bed) or $69.00 (two queen beds).  There is also a RV park at this resort for anyone who is RVing.     

 

Sand Castle Inn (approximately one city block away from The Beach Club Resort)

374 West Island Highway, Parksville, B.C.    250-248-2334

Rates:    $69.00 (one queen bed) or $79.00 (two queen beds)

 

For something different, and to accommodate a larger group of people, the Oceanside Village Resort has cottage rentals that will accommodate up to eight people.  

 

April in Parksville is outstanding, the daffodils and other spring flowers will be blooming and, as we have a very temperate climate, the weather will be beautiful.  

 

During the month of April, you will want to visit the fabulous rhododendron and spring flower displays at Milner Gardens in Qualicum Beach. Parksville Community Park is also a must see. To simply say that this is a park is an understatement. Spanning 39 acres this park not only has beach side access but also tennis courts, an arboretum and plenty of picnicking   A quiet walk at Rathtrevor Provincial Park beside the ocean and among the towering Douglas fir trees is an awe-inspiring experience.  

 

Just for fun, you won’t want to miss the Coombs Country Market with their famous “goats on the roof”.   And then there are the golf courses, from the tournament-quality courses down to the Paradise Mini Golf and Fun Park or Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf.   

 

There is really something for everyone in Parksville and the Oceanside area.   Enjoy the conference and then enjoy a day or more in the jewel of Vancouver Island – Oceanside!

   

We are looking forward to a vibrant and interesting conference and look forward to meeting  many people who are fellow “genealogy addicts”.  If you have any questions at all, please visit our website at http://www.qbfhs.ca/workshops/unlocking-the-past-2018-conference/ or contact us at [email protected]

 

Kathy Jones

Communications Director


Qualicum Beach Family History Society


www.qbfhs.ca


[email protected]


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SAVE THE DATE!! Friday, Sept. 28 – Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, Kelowna, BC

The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society announces:


“Harvest Your Family Tree” Conference 2018


Exciting Speakers, Genealogical Marketplace, One-on-One Consultations,

Friday Reception, Lots of Great Door prizes, Raffles, Lots of Fun & Lots of Information

Stay tuned for more information coming in early 2018!


Get the scoop on all the conference news by joining our conference mailing list: mailto: [email protected]

www.KDGS.ca