Mission Genealogy Club

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New Ancestry Extra Webinar Series.


We are happy to announce that our Family History Department will be moving back to Cloverdale branch:  Re-opening on Monday, March 9! 

Upon opening, the department’s resources (books, magazines, microfilms, and all databases) will be available during all of the library’s opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday:  9:30am to 9pm
  • Friday: 9:30am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am to 5pm
  • Sunday: 1:00pm to 5pm


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:

  • Tuesday to Saturday:  10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Wednesday:  10:00am to 9:00pm
  • i.e. No genealogy staff assistance available on Sundays, Mondays, or evenings other than Wednesdays.

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


  • Fun Family History Fridays (drop-in chat) will be the first Friday of each month from 2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Genealogy Orientation (introduction to our department and services) will be the first Saturday of each month from 10:00am to 11:00am.


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:

  • “I'm looking for a birth registration for my great-grandmother Sadie Ellen Higgs.  I believe she was born in Kent, England around 1891 but I haven't been able to find a record.  Can you please check your databases?”
  • “I have a BC Archives death record registration number but the record image is not available online.  Can you please check the microfilm?”
  • “Do you have a local history book for Red Cliff, Alberta, and, if so, could you please check to see if my family is in there?  The surname is Jarvis.”
  • “My grandparents were divorced in BC around 1947.  Can you check your BC Divorce Orders Index microfilm to get a reference so I can order the document?  Their names were Jonathan Grady and Martha nee Sunderland.”

Not sure?  Send your question anyway and we'll help/direct you as best we can.


Here are links to our resources:

Our catalogue of microfilms: https://www.surreylibraries.ca/sites/default/files/CanadianFamilyHistoryResources.pdf


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. 



Kindest regards,


Ruth Stewart

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. 


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