Seminars / Education

British Columbia
Seminar 2019

Keynote Speaker
Cyndi Ingle

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Firefighters Banquet Hall
6515 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby, BC

Early Bird Prices until March 1, 2019
Tickets $70.00 for BCGS & Affiliate [Society] Members

$95.00 for non-members
Includes Lunch and Coffee Break Refreshments
After March 1, or at the door
$85.00 for BCGS & Affiliate Society Members
$105.00 for non-members
Register at any BCGS meeting or contact Susan Snalam
604-273-8209, or
Send a cheque payable to BCGS
PO Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC V6X 3T6


Cyndi Ingle is the creator and innovator behind the award-winning and globally recognized, a free categorized list of more than 336,000 links for genealogical research. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 38 years, has an expertise in using technology for genealogy. Additionally, her many active years in genealogy have also resulted in specialties for research in the United States and bringing together traditional methodology with organization, computers, software, and the Internet. Cyndi is the recipient of several awards and honors, she has served in several capacities for genealogical organizations, she is an internationally-known guest lecturer, and she has authored numerous articles and three books.


9:30 am

10:00 - 10:15 am

10:15 - 11:45 am
Advanced Googling for Your Grandma Chances are that you are using Google on a daily basis. Chances are even better than you aren't using it to its full potential. Learn about Google's advance search options, as well as several more tools offered by Google that will enhance your research. We'll dig deep into a variety of Google's free resources and learn how to make them work for you.

11:45 - 1:00 pm
Door Prize Draws - Lunch – Vendors and Displays

1:00 - 2:15 pm
The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper When Google and traditional search engines don't return useful information, don't stop there. We will explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within web sites and proprietary databases. The "hidden web" lies buried within the collections for commercial web sites, libraries, archives, and museums. We will also talk about the importance of indexes that deep-link into web sites online, thus uncovering hidden gems of information that may not be found easily through a search engine query.

2:15 - 2:30 pm
Short Break

2:30 - 3:15 pm
Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research Are you doing everything you can to safeguard your genealogical research? Your documents? Your data? Your scanned images? We will talk about the importance of taking charge of your own materials and making sure they aren't going to disappear.

3:15 - 3:30 pm
Short break

3:30 - 4:30/5:00 pm
Off the Shelf: The Unexplored Potential for eBooks in Genealogy There is a treasure trove of untapped research sources online: the electronic book or ebook. Repositories are digitizing publications and putting them online for us to use without having to leave the comfort of our homes. We will explore all the options that are out there to move your research forward.

The BCGS Boutique will be there too...


MAY 4TH, 2019

We are excited for our 5th annual Abbotsford Stake Family History Day coming up on May 4, 2019.

We have 25 classes in all for you to choose from which include such topics as Digging Deeper into Ontario Records at Cloverdale Library, Indexing Matters,  Beginner FamilySearch Wiki: What it Can do for you,  Beginner and advanced England Research, Introduction to Scottish Research, Advanced Scottish Research,  Irish Research, Ancestry and Find My Past: How to use them, Researching Military Ancestors, Poll Books and Directories and many more.


The Stake/Ward Temple and Family History Consultants and those working in the family history centre are more than willing to assist our members in reaching the goal of researching their ancestors and preparing names for the temple.

Our website listing all the classes will be online March 18th with pre-registration starting April 1st


 All Wards will receive handouts to be given out on Sunday March 31st .

If you have any questions, please contact me at the email address below.

Winter 2019 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


Our website:

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.


Just a few quick updates from Cloverdale Library’s Family History Department:



Cloverdale Library given Affiliate Library status with!  This means that while using at Cloverdale Library you will be able to view digital images of original documents that are locked to home users.  This is a big step for us and we are thrilled to have this recognition from!


Upcoming Winter 2019 programs:


Please check back here from time-to-time for updates on coming programs.


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CPR Bridge from
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