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:

- Celebrating our Canadian Ancestors - June 9-11th, 2017

Put DNA to work for you and Hone your Research Skills!

With Dave Obee & Pat Ryan “ Saturday, September 16, 2017

- Picture This!

- Family History Programs at Cloverdale Library


Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors  - BCGS Seminar, June 9th to 11th, 2017


Put DNA to work for you and Hone your Research Skills!

With Dave Obee & Pat Ryan

Saturday, September 16, 2017

DNA testing is a popular but perplexing tool in today’s genealogical toolbox.  The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society’s upcoming workshop is aiming to de-mystify the process of DNA testing and present useful strategies for putting your matches to work, assisting you to make exciting progress with your family history research.  Hand-in-hand with DNA matches comes your Traditional Research – without supporting documentation, your DNA matches may be meaningless.


                  Dave Obee will take us through what you need to know about DNA (and promises not to stray into the baffling science of DNA) plus give you some ideas on strategies for turning your DNA matches into a powerful genealogical tool. 

               Pat Ryan, a well-regarded speaker from Saskatchewan, will keep us on our toes with two audience-interactive sessions that will help us sharpen our research expertise.


This promises to be a fun and valuable day of learning – you will all be racing home to try out your newly-learned skills!


When:  Saturday, September 16, 2017; 9:00am – 4:00pm; Tours and Research time at the KDGS Resource Centre, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Where:  Main meeting room, Downtown Kelowna Branch, 1380 Ellis Street (convenient all-day parking in the Library Parkade, $6)

What:  Four Workshops by Dave Obee & Pat Ryan; handouts; morning and afternoon refreshments; sales of Archival Supplies and Used Genealogy & History Books (lunch is on your own – bring a bagged lunch or enjoy one of our many excellent nearby restaurants)

Cost:  $45 for KDGS members (membership is $30, singles; $35 families) OR $55 for non-members

How:  See registration form for more details on the workshop sessions and speakers; registration online coming soon:


Hope to see you in September!


Claire Smith-Burns

Kelowna & District Genealogical Society

Director, KDGS Family & Local History Resource Centre, [email protected]


Alberta Family History Society
 Family Roots 2017

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
1301 16th Ave NW
Calgary, AB.

• David Obee
• John Althouse
• Lesley Anderson

Session topics:

Using Ancestry

Introducing genealogy to children
& grandchildren

12 Reasons to get moving on DNA

Researching your female line

Canadian census records

Beginner – Advanced sessions
& more!!!
To register visit:


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.


If anyone 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 |