Mission Genealogy Club

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UNLOCK YOUR FAMILY STORY

Join this informative online 5-part series to guide you through putting your family history research on the page and packaging it to share with your family.

FREE!
Alternate Wednesdays
6:30–7:30pm
Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 24, Mar 10, Mar 24
Series registration required:
familyhistory@surrey.ca
604-598-7328

WRITING & PUBLISHING YOUR FAMILY’S HISTORY
Presenters are Brenda L. Smith and Andrea Lister.



Digital Branch
surreylibraries.ca
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Surrey Libraries Family History <Familyhistory@surrey.ca>

 

We're happy to report that we will be reopening for limited access on Wednesday, September 9!  Please see this link for our new hours and other information about reopening:  

https://www.surreylibraries.ca/news/we%E2%80%99re-opening-september-9.

 

Our Covid-19 protocols and safety measures are very thorough, as noted in the link above.  I would like to highlight the following aspects:

 

  • limiting the number of people within the branch at any given time
  • limiting computer time to 45 minutes – computer time is first-come-first-      served, as before
  • limiting time within the branch to 1 hour

 

Our first online program, Here are tFun Family History Friday, will be held on Friday, February 25, from 2:30 to 4:00pm. he details about the program and how to participate.

https://www.surreylibraries.ca/events/fun-family-history-fridays?eventdate=%20%20%20%20%20%20Fri%20Sep%2025%20|%202:30%20pm

 

If you have an exact reference to a specific microfilm, book, or database you are welcome to use our document delivery service: https://www.surreylibraries.ca/services/family-history#D  

 

Access from your (Surrey) home to our Surrey Libraries Ancestry account has been extended to December 31, 2020!  (This is generously provided to us through ProQuest and their partner Ancestry).  Please remember that in order to access our account from your home you will need to (a) live in Surrey; (b) have a Surrey Libraries card; and (c) access through our website here:

https://www.surreylibraries.ca/services/family-history (scroll down until you see the Ancestry login button).

 

And a reminder that we have our online FUN FAMILY HISTORY FRIDAYS program, this Friday from 2:30 to 4:00pm.  Because it is online, you would need to register so that we can send you an invite with an access link. Registration and program information is here: https://www.surreylibraries.ca/events/fun-family-history-fridays?eventdate=%20%20%20%20%20%20Fri%20Sep%2025%20|%202:30%20pm.  We hope your can join us!

 

The family history department is open for your visits.  Please note our current hours and covid protocols here:  https://www.surreylibraries.ca/locations/cloverdale-branch.  We do hope to see you in the branch soon!


If you have any questions, please contact us at familyhistory@surrey.ca or call 604-598-7328.



Just a few updates from our department:

 

Hello everyone

 

Genealogy Orientation & Consultation Sessions


These are in-person, one-one-one, in-branch sessions (with full covid safety protocols in place) for anyone new to genealogy OR needing a new direction in their research.  A session will include a tour of our department and the resources, databases, and services we offer, as well as some personal consultation to discuss your specific research needs and create a new research plan.  Pre-registration is required -- 604-598-7328 or familyhistory@surrey.ca

 


 

Ancestry from Home – Extended to March 31, 2021!

(This is generously provided to us through ProQuest and their partner Ancestry).  Please remember that in order to access our account from your home you will need to (a) live in Surrey; (b) have a Surrey Libraries card; and (c) access through our website here:

https://www.surreylibraries.ca/services/family-history (scroll down until you see the Ancestry login button).

 

New Program:  Unlock Your Family Story:  writing and publishing your family’s history

Is your family story locked in your accumulated documents and trees?  Does your family ask for the stories?  Then it’s time to pull it all together and publish that story!  Join Brenda L. Smith and Andrea Lister for this five-part online program to guide you through putting your research on the page and packaging it to share with your family.  Topics include:  preparing to write, editing, legal necessities, choosing the right format, and an assignment to get you started.

 

Series registration is requested (each session will have different content). Please register for each session individually using the links below:


January 27 -- 6:30-7:30 – Register here

February 10 -- 6:30-7:30 – Register here

February 24 -- 6:30-7:30 – Register here

March 10 – 6:30-7:30 – Register here

March 24 – 6:30-7:30 – Register here

 

We will be using Microsoft Teams for this online program, a free and secure downloadable app available here.  You will need a computer with a webcam and microphone (or headphones), or your smartphone, or iPad/tablet.

 

Fun Family History Friday

Join us for some lively, open family history discussions.  All levels welcome.  For this online program we will be using Microsoft Teams.  You will need a computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone, or iPad/tablet.  Preregistration is required. 

 

To register for the next program (December 18), please use the “Register Here” button on this page HERE.

 

Upcoming dates:


Friday, December 18; 2:30-3:30pm

Friday, January 22; 2:30-3:30pm

Friday, February 26; 2:30-3:30pm

Friday March 26; 2:30-3:30pm

 

Genealogy Orientation & Consultation

These are in-person, one-on-one sessions (with full covid safety protocols in place) for anyone new to genealogy OR needing a new direction in their research.  A session will include a tour of our department and the resources, databases, and services we offer, as well as some personal consultation to discuss your specific research needs and create a new research plan with you. Please call or email us to make an appointment – 604-598-7328 or familyhistory@surrey.ca. 

 

Remember:  We are open for in-person visits and research.  Time in the library is limited to one hour, with 45 minutes on the computer.  We are hoping this will be extended soon.  Library and Family History Department hours are here:  https://www.surreylibraries.ca/locations/cloverdale-branch

 

 

As always, if you have any questions, please email us at familyhistory@surrey.ca, or call us at 604-598-7328.


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The Qualicum Beach Family History Society is excited to announce that Chris Paton will be our guest speaker on Saturday, January 23, 2021.  He will be speaking via Zoom format from Scotland.  Chris is a well-known Genealogist who has presented at many genealogy conferences around the world.
     Chris is originally from Northern Ireland and has both Scottish and Irish roots.  He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies and works as a professional genealogist, running the Scotland’s Greatest Story research service.  As well as teaching Scottish based courses, he has also tutored for the University of Strathclyde’s Genealogical Studies Postgraduate Programme.  He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Times & Topics
10 am:          British and Irish Newspapers
11:30 am:    Using the internet and PRONI for Northern Irish Research.
                       (PRONI is Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.)

These talks will be FREE to all members of the Qualicum Beach Family History Society (QBFHS). 
If you are not already a member of the Society, you may join by going to our web page: QBFHS.ca.  Instructions to join are easy.  For an annual fee of $25.00 per person, or $40.00 for a family / associate membership, you will be able to access all of our speakers for 2021.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

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

 

 

http://nanaimofamilyhistory.ca

“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. 

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