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...

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:


Digging Deeper Into Family History

Saturday, January 26, 10:30 – 12:00

You’ve started digging into your family history, and now it’s time to dig deeper!  Learn to examine resources found at Cloverdale Library such as land records, probates, early vital and census records, and other specialized finds.  Presented by Jamie Brown.

Free.  Please register:  604-598-7326 or email



This Old House:  Your ancestors’ stories revealed through their homes

Saturday, February 2, 11:30 – 1:30

Your ancestors’ homes tell their own stories.  This presentation will show you how a home’s history is intimately intertwined with the people who lived there, and provide guidance on how to conduct that research.  Presenter Ann Buchanan will share research on four of her ancestral homes –  Yorkshire in 1606, Northern Ireland in 1919, Richmond in 1891, a Surrey log cabin in 1956 – and how each house tells its own unique story.   Presenter Carmen Merrells will share information on how to research your ancestors’ homes using a variety of resources, including those at Cloverdale Library.  Take your research beyond the birth, marriage, death statistics.

Free.  Please register:  604-598-7326 or email



And our monthly programs continue:


Fun Family History Friday

Friday, February 1, 2:30 – 4:00  (first Friday of each month)

Join us in this casual program to share and explore different topics in family history.

Free.  Drop-in.


Family History Collection Orientation

Saturday, February 2, 10:00 – 11:00 (first Saturday of each month)

Familiarize yourself with our department.  Learn to use one of the largest collections of family history materials in western Canada. Our orientation will help you find online information, books, journals, and microfilm records.

Free.  Please register:  604-598-7326 or email



We hope to see you at one or more of these programs!  And, please, always feel free to suggest new program topics to us.

Fraser River and Cheam Peaks;
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Mission Waterfront.