Seminars / Education

Winter 2017-2018 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:

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.

Friday,  Dec 1st  2:30pm – 4:00pm
No Charge

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


Three programs are scheduled to start in January of 2018 at Cloverdale Library:


Digging Deeper into Family History

Instructor: Jamie Brown

No charge.

Sat Jan 13 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Start Searching Your Family History

Instructor: Brenda L. Smith

$100 for 5 three hour sessions

Sat Jan 20, Sat Feb 3, Sat Feb 24, Sat March 10, Sat March 24 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Start Writing Your Family History

Instructor: Brenda L. Smith

$100 for 5 three hour sessions

Sat Jan 20, Sat Feb 3, Sat Feb 24, Sat March 10, Sat March 24 | 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm


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!!

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 or contact us at [email protected]


Kathy Jones

Communications Director

Qualicum Beach Family History Society

[email protected]

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