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:

- Unlocking the Past 2018

- Picture This!

- Family History Programs at Cloverdale Library



Hello and we are very pleased to advise you that 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 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.




Keynote Speaker - Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United States specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community.


Lesley Anderson, has been involved in the personal research of her family tree for over forty-five years and her passion for genealogy has branched out to teaching classes, speaking at seminars and conferences, consulting, and doing research for others. She is the Canadian spokesperson for and also volunteers at the Ottawa Stake LDS Family History Centre.  


Tara Shymanski, a professional genealogist with a certificate in Canadian records from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies.  She is a Family History Consultant at the Calgary Family History Centre and a volunteer with the Alberta Family Histories Society.


We are looking forward to a vibrant and interesting conference and will be sending you updates in the future, with the topics and other information but if you have any questions at all, please visit our website at or contact us at [email protected]


Lola Cook and Don MacIntosh

Co-chairs, QBFHS Conference 2018




sent on behalf of Conference Committee:

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 |