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Class Descriptions:
Please note classes are subject to change without notice.

10 Questions to Ask of the Records You Discover
This class explores the strengths and weaknesses of the genealogical sources we use. The principles to keep in mind will have universal application in ancestral research. Examples will be drawn from a variety of sources on both sides of the Atlantic. Beginners will not be overwhelmed but more seasoned family historians will be in for a few surprises too.
Instructor:
Donald Davis
Advanced England: What's In a Name?
What’s in a name, can they give you a link to your past, or can they lead to misinformation? Explore how names evolved through time, and how they may be able to help with your family research.
Instructor:
Susan Snalem
Ancestral Quest:
This class will introduce Ancestral Quest as the follow-on program to PAF. Similarities to PAF and ease of migration will be illustrated. Other topics will include synchronizing with Family Tree, linking to Ancestry.com, getting help and self-education facilities.
Instructor:
Cordell Rolfson
Archivist & Curator:
Take care of your family artifacts. When we assume the role of family historian, often we become custodians of the objects that tell the family story. Explore basic methods and supplies for cataloguing the books, teacups, jewelry and furniture, and learning what they can tell us about ourselves and our ancestors.
Instructor:
Brenda Smith
BCGS: The Joy of Belonging
Whether you’re a complete beginner, a hobby genealogist, or an experienced one, there is something to be gained by belonging to a group with the same goal – that of finding your respective ancestors and discovering their stories. Come and learn about the British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS), and all it has to offer to those who belong to it.
Instructor:
Cathy McGee
Brickwalls: It Was Just Another Brick in the Wall
“My Ancestors were Masons”. Well, they had to be, judging from the brick walls they left behind. Some inheritance! In this class we will discuss ways to dismantle those walls and extend pedigrees by using alternate techniques.
Instructor:
Brian Porter
Cloverdale Library Genealogical Resources:
Take some time to learn about the not-so-usual family history finds at Cloverdale library. From Census returns of old, probate records, land records, church records and more. Geographic focus - Canada. Examples provided.

Instructor:
Jamie Brown
Danish Research on the Internet:
From Census returns of old, probate records, land records, church records and more. They all help uncover your Danish heritage.
Instructor:
Hans Rerup
England: Parish Registers and More
Will look at the vast array of parish records from the 1500s to 1837, when civil registration began in England. The Parish Chest contained distinctive records, including parish registers, Churchwardens' Accounts, tithe records, vestry minutes and agreements and records of Poor-Law administration. Doing any research in England before 1837 - knowing what these records are and where they can be found is essential. Time permitting, a review of manorial records will be included.
Instructor:
Rob Whitlock
Family Tree All Levels:
This will be an in depth course showing how to manage every aspect of your FS Family Tree and use all the features of Family Tree including: How to enter names, sources, photos, documents, histories, use the special research helps, fix data, collaborate and share data with others.
Instructor:
Terry Rogers
Finding the Right Container:
What is the best container for your family story? You have done all the research and want to share the family history with a larger audience. With the vast array of options available we need to remember that we are authors and thus, creators of content. The book, the blog, the article – those are just containers for the content. Learn how to define your audience and package your story for that audience.
Instructor:
Andrea Lister
First Steps on the Ancestral Trail: Beginner
Where do we start? What tools do we need? Where do we look? Are we on the right path? Join Brenda in exploring the methodology for launching a family history research project. Participants receive a starter workbook and other materials to guide their first steps on this popular self-development path.
Instructor:
Brenda Smith
Familysearch: Wiki, Records & So Much More
Most of us only skim the surface of what is available on the Familysearch website. This class will introduce many of the other features and resources. We will explore how navigate and use on the website to full advantage.
Instructor:
Jeannie Vance
Genealogical Proof Standards
An introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standards designed for the family historian. What are they and why do we use them?
Instructor:
Janice Lovelace
Getting Started With United States Genealogy
This introduction to genealogy provides an outline for beginning one’s search beyond easy online records. It includes vital records, land records, historical newspapers, and records at the USA National Archives (including censuses).
Instructor:
Janice Lovelace
How Healthy is Your Family Tree?
Physical and Mental Health Issues - An in-depth look at building a health genogram starting with a traditional genealogical pedigree chart. Also covered are a basic overview of DNA, epigenetics and inheritance of health issues. Several physical and mental health issues are discussed in greater detail.
Instructor:
Janice Lovelace
Ireland: Where Are the Records?
This session will present some of the improvements in Irish research, from new Irish research sites, to records now being digitized. But old records are not to be overlooked. So where are the records?
Instructor:
Eunice Robinson
Just Google It
Have you ever googled the name of an ancestor? Was it a productive search or were you presented with pages of useless information? Come and learn how to craft an effective google query for more relevant results. We will also discuss Google Books, Google Maps, Google Images and Google's extensive Newspaper Archive.
Instructor:
Amy Johnston
LDS Family History Centers:
LDS Family History Centres offer more resources than you think. The center Canges frequently as we get new and updated items and as technology improves. There are variations in the offerings of the 3 lower mainland centres. Come see what might help your family history research.
Instructor:
Sara Herrington
Nova Scotia & New England:
The course will cover what is available both online and in various repositories in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It will include Vital records ( BMD), Wills, Estate and Land records, Church records, Immigration, Census, Cemetery, citizenship, special collections such as Home Children, UEL, Historical, Court, Newspapers and other records of interest. The historical genealogical connection between these areas will be detailed.
Instructor:
Terry Rogers
Planning a Research Trip:
This session is presented to assist researchers in determining which things to consider when planning a research trip. Whether to your local archives or library, or Salt Lake City, or further afield, doing as much preparation beforehand, should result in a more successful visit.
Instructor:
Eunice Robinson
Planning Your Family Reunion:
This class will help you organize your next family reunion whether it be for 50 people or 500. You will learn how to organize the troops, delegate the responsibilities, get ideas on fund raising, planning and executing menus, and invitation ideas.
Instructor:
Sally Haysom
Prison & Court Records:
Prison and court records can tell you a lot about your ancestors and their lives. Whether documenting legal battles or criminal activity these records will provide a wide variety of color and detail. We will look at records on everything from petty theft to illegal poaching to declaring someone’s husband dead.

Instructor:
Andrea Lister
Problem Solving: It's not Always the Records:
Sometimes we create the problems we have in genealogy. How do we get past these blocks? We’ll look at assumptions, organization, analysis, and research focus; time lines, the FAN club, and record keeping among other techniques used for problem solving.
Instructor:
Gayel Knott
Rootstech Video: 30 Pieces of Technology I Couldn't Do Without:
From online subscriptions to the smallest accessories - come explore thirty essential gadgets and gizmos genealogists should always have up their sleeve.
Instructor:
Josh Taylor
Rootstech Video: Building a Genealogy Toolbox
Participants will learn not only some of the most important online resources for genealogical research, but also how to organize these resources into an easy-toaccess and portable virtual toolbox.
Instructor:
T. MacEntee
Rootstech Video: Familysearch Family Tree Now & In the Future:
This class will give an update on the current status of Family Tree and its latest features. Additionally, this session will discuss the new features planned for Family Tree. Come and help FamilySearch know what new features you want.

Instructor:
Ron Tanner
Rootstech Video: Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy:
It is all the rage, this DNA testing for genealogy. But what can it tell you? Even more importantly, what CAN’T it tell you? Learn the basics of DNA testing and walk away with confidence in this area of research.

Instructor:
Diahan Southard
Rootstech Video: Getting the Most Out of Ancestry:
Are you getting the most out of your Ancestry.com subscription? We'll show the five major areas of Ancestry.com and our favorite tools for advancing your family history research.
Instructor:
Crista Cowan
Scotland
Instructor:
Lorraine Irving
England: Searching Census Records:
Looks at the information available in English Census Records and the processes that aid in locating records that are hard to find or have been incorrectly transcribed. Tips & tricks when using Ancestry & other sources and validating the information that you have found.
Instructor:
Peter Claydon
Social Media & Family History
Family history research connects generations past and present. And so does Facebook. Many popular social media websites can be invaluable tools in discovering your ancestors and connecting with your children and grandchildren, cousins and kin. Learn how to use these sites as beneficial crowdsourcing research tools.
Instructor:
Amy Johnstonl
Talk to Me: Techniques for Conducting a Successful Oral History Interview
Interviewing relatives and strangers can be a rewarding way to gather genealogical clues and make your family history come alive. Avoid frustration and pitfalls by knowing which tools to use, how to prepare in advance, which questions to ask (or avoid), and how to share the interview with others. This hands-on session will help give you the tools and confidence to conduct your own oral history interview.
Instructor:
Karen Inkster Vance
Using Maps in Family History
Explore how maps can aid the researcher to locate, track and record our ancestors’ paths of migration. Follow the case study maps to see how Brenda’s grandparents and great grandparents trekked across the world to arrive in the Peace River Country of northern British Columbia in 1930.
Instructor:
Brenda Smith
What are You Going to Do with Your Genealogy?
Doing your family research is fun, but those notes, photographs and charts do pile up if they aren’t filed and stored. Have you made plans for the preserving of all your hard work? What are you going to do with it all? This session discusses options so that your research doesn’t end up being thrown out.
Instructor:
Eunice Robinson
Where Are the Women in Your Family Tree:
Researching women can be frustrating as womens' names and activities are often missing from widely known sources, for instance, land and voting records. Two strategies useful together to overcome this will be illustrated - cluster genealogy, and locating and decoding less commonly used records relating to womens' relationships and lives.
Instructor:
M. Diane Rogers
WW II Airman Father: A Case Study
A case history: Helping locate the father he never knew. The the class will be useful in providing contact information for your WW2 soldiers both the UK and in Canada.
Instructor:
Marlene Dance
Write Now! How to Write and Share a Compelling Family History
One of the best ways to share your research and create a lasting family treasure is to write the story of your ancestor’s life. Learn how to transform basic facts into an interesting narrative that the whole family will want to read. This session includes practical ideas on getting organized, accessing creative sources, writing methods, and publishing options.
Instructor:
Karen Inkster Vance

Call the center for any questions regarding the classes. Phone 604-597-9695