We are happy to announce that our Family History Department will be moving back to
Cloverdale branch: Re-opening on Monday,
Upon opening, the department’s resources (books, magazines, microfilms, and all databases) will be available during all of the library’s opening hours:
However, please note that there are plans to reduce the hours that genealogy staff are available to ASSIST researchers, resulting in the following family history reference assistance schedule:
IMPORTANT: If this reduction in genealogy staff assistance hours is inconvenient for you, please leave a comment at this link (you can skip the first section and just scroll down to the Comment section): https://surrey.simplesurvey.com/f/s.aspx?s=C18EFB08-03ED-4644-ABEF-F7F59578032A
Looking forward to seeing you back in our “home” branch soon!
Please stand by; check our web links - for current information on COVID-19 impacts on our library.
We're happy to report that, since none of you can come into the branch and use our resources during our closure, we will be expanding our Family History department's email reference service. This will be available until April 22 only. And it is FREE!
What does this mean?
Family History department staff members will be able to pop into the branch and do specific look-ups for you, using ANY of our resources – all of our databases, microfilms and print collection (see below for links), and send you an email report and a scan (if item is found) of your results. For free.
What are the parameters?
Limit of one question per person per day.
Questions need to be specific. Here are some examples of what we mean by that:
Not sure? Send your question anyway and we'll help/direct you as best we can.
Here are links to our resources:
Abbotsford Family History Day
Please check our website for current information on COVID-19 impacts.
♣ Registration for Abbotsford Family History Day (to be held on
Saturday, April 25th, 2020) is set to begin in April.
For further information go to www.abbotsfordfamilyhistory.com
This event is always worthwhile. In addition to a selection of classes there is an auditorium full of genealogical displays, books, maps etc. The event includes a free bagged lunch and lots of opportunity to network with other family researchers.
“Steps to Our Ancestors”, Nanaimo Family History Society’s one-day genealogy workshop has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 27, 2021.
Our workshop is aimed at newer family historians or those who wish to refresh their research skills.
We have secured our full slate of speakers to provide presentations on topics including starting on the right path, standards of proof, immigration to Canada and an introduction to DNA testing.
We ask that you provide this updated information to your membership.
We will reach out again closer to the workshop date with additional details.
Until then, we hope that you remain safe in these uncertain times.
Member - Workshop Planning Committee
“Steps To Our Ancestors” is a full day workshop (9:00 to 5:00) aimed at newer family historians or those who want to refresh their research skills.
Topics include starting on the right path, standards of proof, immigration to Canada and getting started with DNA testing.
There is early bird pricing and the option to prepurchase lunch. The workshop is centrally located at Beban Park, on Bowen Road in Nanaimo. There is ample parking on site.
Most of our club members are senior citizens - I hope you are all well. This is a challenging time. For those of you who are not aware the BC government has increased both volunteer and funded services for seniors through the 211 phone line. They hope to link volunteers with seniors to coordinate services like home delivery of groceries, medications etc. Apparently there are many people looking for ways to help seniors and this initiative is to try and link them with seniors in their community who are needing help or feeling vulnerable. The link below is to a CBC article that outlines some of the details of the program.
MEMBERSHIP DUES - please remember that the annual membership fee of $15.00 is now