Upcoming Genealogy Programmes – January to June 2014, Cloverdale Library, BC


Surrey Libraries, BC

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 604-598-7328,

drop in, or email familyhistory@surrey.ca

 Cloverdale Branch website

Ongoing: Start Searching Your Family History

A beginner’s workshop in five lessons with Brenda L. Smith

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22 and March 8

This series of five 3-hour classes, developed by writer and researcher Brenda Smith, addresses each beginning family history researcher’s need for guidance in embarking on a very personal journey.  Working with their own materials, and supporting each other, learners will discover their particular motives and set goals for their research, organize and evaluate their data, and plan the first stage of their individual programs.  Participants must be able to commit to attendance at all five sessions.

Lesson 1: Probe the Past – From the Known to the Unknown
Lesson 2: Organize – The Second Prime Directive
Lesson 3: Can You Prove That? Verify Your Findings
Lesson 4: Right Forest, Wrong Tree: Interpret Your Findings
Lesson 5: Pack Your Parachute: The Research Plan
Charge: $100 for the series

Ongoing: Start Writing Your Family History

A communications workshop in five lessons with Brenda L. Smith

Saturdays, 1:30 am – 4:30 pm: Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22 and March 8

This series of five 3-hour classes, developed by writer and researcher Brenda L. Smith, addresses the beginning family history researcher’s need to report and publish research findings. Working with their own materials, and supporting each other, learners discover how to move from the gathering of information to creating a publishable product. Learners will set goals for their research, organize and evaluate their data, and practice writing basic history research reports. Participants must be willing to commit to attending all five sessions. Participants must have email/attachment capacity and be willing to share their writing samples with classmates and share oral evaluation of each other’s work.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Start Searching your Family History or approval from the Instructor

Lesson 1: The Research Cycle
Lesson 2: Organize to Write 
Lesson 3: Get it on Paper
Lesson 4: Edit 
Lesson 5: Publish
Charge: $100 for the series


Using Wills to Link the Generations with Peter Whitlock

Wills are an invaluable source of information for genealogists: offering clues to a person’s origin, listing their worldly possessions, and sometimes containing unexpected surprises! Join Peter Whitlock who has over 45 years of genealogy research experience to discover how researching Wills can provide links between generations and reveal family connections that may be impossible to find elsewhere.

Saturday, February 1, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Charge: $10

Finding your Scandinavian Roots with M. Diane Rogers

Join presenter M. Diane Rogers on a genealogical journey through Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. Learn resources, techniques and tools to locate your Nordic ancestors and effective ways to overcome barriers like language and name changes.

Saturday March 1, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Charge: $10

Cemeteries with Lorraine Irving

Are you having trouble locating the burial places of your ancestors? Wondering how to locate burial records? What do the symbols mean on the monuments? Cemetery etiquette? Funeral home records? Don’t overlook this part of your research. These records may provide clues you won’t find elsewhere!

Saturday April 12, 10:30 am – noon
Charge: $10

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

No Charge, donations welcome, but please register – dates may change over holiday weekends, and orientations may not be held in July and August

Jamaica – Links

Jamaican Genealogy & Family History Links

Jamaica, FamilySearch wiki: https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Jamaica
Jamaican genealogical records on FamilySearch currently include Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 and Civil Registration records, 1880-1999.

Jamaica Family Search, Patricia Jackson, now a free website: http://jamaicanfamilysearch.com

Jamaica Archives and Records Search Dept.: http://archives.jard.gov.jm/genealogy.html

Jamaica GenWeb, Madeline Mitchell: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jamwgw

Jamaica Genealogy: http://jamaicagenealogy.org

Caribbean Genealogy, including CarSurdex Caribbean Surname Index: http://www.candoo.com/genresources

Genealogy Plus, Bringing Jamaican History to Life, wills index, information. Dianne T. Golding Frankson ( pay researcher): http://www.genealogyplusjamaica.com/The-Researcher-s-Collection.html

Pieces of the Past, Jamaican history series, The Gleaner: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/pages/history/story007.html

Historical Maps of Jamaica, University of Alabama: http://alabamamaps.ua.edu/historicalmaps/middle_america/caribbean/jamaica/jamaica.html

BCGS Research Links

We continually update our BCGS Research Links for useful Internet websites and information about genealogy and family history.

One of the recently updated articles is below – on Jamaican research. To suggest new or updated links, please e-mail webmaster@bcgs.ca To view the BCGS Research Links, go to the Research tab on the menu bar above and click WorldWide Links or click here for our main WorldWide Research Links page.

BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group Meets 10 Dec.2013

Reminder: The December Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meeting is Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, in the 7th Floor Board Breakout Room, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

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A snowy day on Melville Street, Vancouver, BC, about 1917. Photographer Charles Bradbury. Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives AM54-S4-: SGN 1572.


Anyone interested is welcome to attend. We discuss genealogy questions and news and help each other with our family history research.

You can learn more about our Vancouver Genealogy group on Meetup.com

Using Facebook or Twitter for Genealogy – Jan/Feb 2014

Would you like to learn about using Facebook and Twitter in your genealogy and family history reseach?

Each will help you search for family, let others know about your genealogy interests, and alert you to new or recommended genealogy and family history resources. Have questions about posting images, chatting, sharing, privacy or about the lingo? (What’s a hashtag? a timeline, a tweet, #FF,  Surname Saturday)

Attend the upcoming sessions at the BCGS Library in the Boardroom with M. Diane Rogers.

These are limited to 15 people, so to register for these 4 sessions, contact Eunice Robinson eunice @ dccnet.com.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile devices (phones, IPads, netbooks, tablets, laptops) – WiFi is available at the library. Bring a lunch if you like; light refreshments available.

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- Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 – How to Use Facebook – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Saturday, January 25th, 2014 – How to Use Facebook – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Like the BC Genealogical Society’s Facebook page.


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- Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 – How to Use Twitter – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 – How to Use Twitter – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Follow the BCGS on Twitter @bcgs_ca


BCGS Research Tip – December 2013

The BCGS Members’ Tip for December 1st is: Do genealogy with the family during the holidays.

Christmas Tree CookiesMaureen Taylor in “Photographs and the Holidays” at Genealogy.com has some great tips on hosting a fun family photo identification party with games and prizes too. Or you could host a scanning party and ask people to bring their family photos and albums along as one BCGS member did recently. Don’t forget the cookies and other treats; just don’t have them near the photographs please.

Be prepared to take genealogical advantage of impromptu get togethers too. Have some interesting or puzzling photographs ready to show on your phone or IPad and be ready to get down all the details on the new in-laws by having a few blank pedigree charts and family group sheets handy in your backpack. You might even have stamped self-addressed envelopes prepared in case they’ll need to get more details once back at home.