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                                                                                       SURREY LIBRARIES

Cloverdale Branch / Family History Department

5642 – 176A Street, Surrey, BC, Canada V3S 4G9
T 604.598-7447 | www.surreylibraries.ca


Cloverdale Library renovations continue on schedule.  In the meantime, we’ve scheduled some family history programs at our other Surrey locations this fall, including two often-requested programs about turning your family history research into a publication.   Here is what’s coming up this fall:

The Whys and How’s of Family History Research:  A Beginner’s Session

This program helps those new to genealogy explore the many benefits of family history research, such as solving family mysteries and creating a legacy for families.  Discover available resources and where to find them, cover common pitfalls, and learn how the staff and resources at Surrey Libraries’ Family History Department can assist the family historian.  Three dates:


Saturday, September 21

2:00 – 3:30pm

Surrey Libraries:  Semiahmoo Branch

Free.  Registration required:  call 604-598-7328 or email familyhistory@surrey.ca

Link:  https://www.surreylibraries.ca/events/whys-and-hows-family-history-research?eventdate=Sat%20Sep%2021%20|%202:00%20pm


Wednesday, September 25

11:00am – 12:30pm

Cloverdale Recreation Centre

Free.  Registration required: call 604-598-7328 or email familyhistory@surrey.ca


The Search for our Foremothers:  A Case Study

In our culture, women change their names according to the men to whom they link their lives. The challenge for family historians is to find women’s stories despite the name changes.  Presenter Brenda L. Smith shares historical documents created during the life of Canadian pioneer Sarah Bowen Smith to find the essential Sarah.


Thursday, October 3

7:00 – 8:30pm

Surrey Libraries: Guildford branch

Free.  Registration required:  call 604-598-7328 or email familyhistory@surrey.ca

Link: https://www.surreylibraries.ca/events/search-our-foremothers-case-study?eventdate=Thu%20Oct%203%20|%207:00%20pm



It’s a Novel Life:  Transforming your Family History into a Memoir or Novel

Doreen Brust Johnson is the author of the book Momma, Momma, the Preacher's Comin'.  In this program, Doreen will share how she researched and wrote a novel about her family's history.  The novel describes her family's life and struggle for survival on a northern Saskatchewan homestead.  Doreen will include stories of her life on the prairies, her writing process, and her experience publishing her book.  She will inspire family history researchers to create their own novels or memoirs from their own research.


Tuesday, October 8


Surrey Libraries: City Centre branch

Free.  Registration required:  call 604-598-7328 or email familyhistory@surrey.ca

Saturday, October 12

2:30 – 4:00pm

Surrey Libraries, Fleetwood Branch

Free.  Registration required: call 604-598-7328 or email familyhistory@surrey.ca


  Upcoming Genealogical Events


1) Abbotsford Genealogy Expo -

September 14, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

at the Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford, BC.  

For further information Contact: information@abbygs.ca

2) Mission Community Archives 30th Anniversary Open House -

Saturday, September 28th, 2019 from 1:00 - 3:00PM

at the Archives, 33215 - 2nd Avenue, Mission,BC.


3) 24th Annual Finding Your Roots Seminar -

Saturday, October 19th, 2019. 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

at 6270 126th St. Surrey, BC -

For further information visit https://findingyourroots.ca


The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society

... in partnership with the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL)

 is hosting a day-long “Find Your Family at the Library” event,

Saturday, September 28th, 10am – 4pm

...to celebrate the launch of the FamilySearch Affiliation for the ORL!

This is a FREE event. No registration is necessary but classrooms are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Features of the day include: Two lectures by Stephen Young, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch, Utah; mini-talks by KDGS experts; demos by ORL and UBC Okanagan Innovation Centre Staff; displays and information on DNA, English, Italian and Eastern European research; One-On-One help with your genealogy; Used Historical and Genealogical Book Sale; and much more!



hosted by the

Vernon & District Family History Society

Speaker, Cyndi Ingle

October 19, 2019

9:30 am to 4 pm

Knox Presbyterian Church

3701 - 32nd Avenue, VERNON, B.C.

Cost $50



Cyndi Ingle, a genealogist for more than 39 years, is the creator and innovator behind the award-winning and globally recognized CyndisList.com., a free categorized list of more than 337,000 links for genealogical research. She has expertise in using technology for genealogy and for bringing together traditional methodology with organization, computers, software and the Internet.  Cyndi has served in several capacities for genealogical organizations, is the recipient of several awards and honours and is an internationally known guest lecturer who has authored numerous articles and three books.



1.      Evaluating Websites: What to trust and what to question.

2.      Tracking your Digital Breadcrumbs:  Bookmarks, toolbars, notes and other applications.

3.      Ten Resources I Use Every Day:  Miscellaneous Tips for the on-line researcher.


Cost covers all lectures plus coffee breaks. Bring a bag lunch or dine at restaurants nearby.


Register by mail: Seminar, PO Box 1447, Vernon, BC, V1T 6N7

Or contact June Halliburton @ 250-899-2931 or email: june.halliburton@gmail




British Columbia Genealogical Society and Walter Draycott Memorial Library and Resources 211-12837-76 Ave., Surrey, B.C. invite all members of the public especially genealogists and family history researchers to an open house to be held:

Oct. 19th, 2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

The BCGS library is named after Water Draycott, a long-time member and active genealogist that lived until he was 102.  It is a FamilySearch affiliate. Over the past year there have been many donations and collections added.  The library now has over 20,000 books, 10,000 journals and newsletters, and more than 15,000 newspaper clippings. Along with many online reference tools that are available to enhance genealogy and family history research.

There will be BCGS members on hand to answer visitor questions.

For more information ca:  604-502-9119 or refer to www.bcgs.ca


Fraser River and Cheam Peaks;
CPR Bridge from
Mission Waterfront.