Seminars / Education


Fall 2017 Genealogy Programs at Cloverdale Library

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

 

 

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.

Fridays, Sept. 8, Oct. 6, and Nov. 3,  Dec 1 2:30pm – 4:00pm
No Charge



Ongoing: Start Searching Your Family History

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

 

Thursday Evenings, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Sept 28, Oct 19, and Nov 2, 16, 30

 

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

 

Family History on the Cheap


Family History research is one of the most popular hobbies around. But how do you make it more economical?

Join presenter Jamie Brown and learn how to reduce expenses while increasing the number of resources you consult!

Saturday, Oct 21, 10:30am – noon
No Charge


Shocking Genealogy Secrets Found on the Internet

with M. Diane Rogers, and Paul MacDonell


There are numerous websites and online resources available that weren’t designed specifically for family historians.  Nevertheless they can often help family historians in their research.

The session will not be a traditional lecture format. Instead the presenters will give brief but informative demonstrations of various resources with lots of trading back-and-forth and lots of audience interaction.

Sat. Oct 28, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
No Charge


9th Annual Family History Show & Tell!


We continue the tradition by inviting people who document their family history to bring in their creations – there have been family quilts, artfully done scrapbooks, storyboards, diaries, a very special chamber pot, digital collages and much more.

This year we continue our “home movie” theme, and we hope you will share digitized home movies or slides with us. But don’t feel limited by this theme. All the usual wonderful Show & Tell materials are very welcome too!

So please join us and bring whatever you’ve made to honour your ancestors. Or, you might just have a unique family history artefact to share with everyone.

You are welcome to share by describing your project OR you may simply have a table and showcase your items. A laptop with the Internet and a projector will be available to demonstrate online projects such as family history websites or digital collections.

Visitors without stories are welcome to see and listen. You might discover a great Christmas gift idea, or simply be inspired! Light refreshments will be available.

Note! Participants will be strictly limited to a maximum of ten minutes talk time!

Sat. Nov 18, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
No charge
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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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Several programs are coming soon to Cloverdale Library. Some of them Family History and a couple that are not.


But even the ones that aren’t family history are very interesting!

Please sign up for these!  Drop by or call 604-598-7327 or email us at [email protected]


They are all free!!



Meet Chris Czajkowski


Wed Oct 18 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



Author Chris Czajkowski has lived off-road and off the grid for the last 30 years. Join us to hear about her life and the dogs who have shared her adventures in the wilderness. And she is bringing two of her dogs!

 

She has written eleven books about her thirty years of wilderness living, find some of her books in our catalogue. Her latest book is "Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga".


 

Family History on the Cheap


Sat Oct 21 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Family History research is one of the most popular hobbies around. But how do you make it more economical?

Join presenter Jamie Brown and learn how to reduce expenses while increasing the number of resources you consult!



Shocking Genealogy Secrets Found on the Internet

with M. Diane Rogers and Paul MacDonell


·         Sat. Oct 28, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm


·         No charge.



With all the talk of fake news these days, we’ve got the real goods.


There are many websites and online resources available that weren’t designed for family historians. Even so, they can often help family historians in their research.


The session will not be a traditional lecture format. The presenters will offer brief but informative demonstrations of various resources and encourage audience interaction.



BC Ghost Towns

presented by Laura Cuthbert


·         Sat. Nov 4, 1:30 – 3pm


·         No charge.

 

This not a family history program, but it is bound to be of interest to genealogists and to anyone interested in British Columbia’s fascinating history.

 

Laura Cuthbert has been heading into BC’s abandoned towns for as long as she can remember, but in the last several years she started properly documenting her time. Join her in learning the often bizarre history of BC’s abandoned towns.

 

Through Laura’s storytelling you’ll find out more about historical documentation, environmentalism, preservation, and some of the trouble BC’s backroads have brought her way.




9th Annual Family History Show & Tell


·         Sat. Nov 18, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm


·         No Charge.


We continue the tradition by inviting people who document their family history to bring in their creations – there have been family quilts, artfully done scrapbooks, storyboards, diaries, a very special chamber pot, digital collages and much more.

 

This year we continue our “home movie” theme, and we hope you will share digitized home movies or slides with us. But don’t feel limited by this theme. All the usual wonderful Show & Tell materials are very welcome too.

 

So please join us and bring whatever you’ve made to honour your ancestors. Or you might just have a unique family history artifact to share with everyone. You are welcome to share by describing items, or you may simply showcase them.

 

Tables will be provided. A laptop with internet and a projector will be available if needed.

Visitors without stories are welcome to watch and listen.

Participants will be strictly limited to a maximum of 10 minutes talk time.

 


 

It really helps if you register in advance because it gives us an idea of how many to expect.


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

drop in, or email [email protected]

 

Our website:  www.surreylibraries.ca/familyhistory