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

BC Genealogical Society:
Learn about the worldwide genealogical collections of the BC Genealogical Society's Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC.
Instructor:
Judith Ueland
Beginner Genealogy & Research:
This 80 minute course is intended for real beginners. It will look at free sites as well as a number of commercial sites for which monthly or annual subscriptions are necessary (or not, as some of these are accessible for no cost as well). The focus will be starting with yourself and working backwards in a logical, step-by-step manner. Come prepared with lots of questions.
Instructor:
Rob Whitlock
Canadian Genealogy on the Internet:
Canada has hundreds of websites of prime value to genealogists, but it is important to know which ones will give the most value for the time you invest. Which sites to use? That will depend on which of the 10 provinces and three territories was home to your family. Several sources should be checked by everyone, but some of the best finds will be in the regional or local websites. This session will quickly guide you to the top sites, where it will be possible for you to make good progress on your Canadian lines. Links are on CanGenealogy, the most accessible Canadian link site.
Instructor:
Dave Obee
Cite That! Citation Made Easy:
Who said that? Under what circumstances? Family historians know we need to cite sources, but many of us need training to do it well. Learn why and how to document your family history reports. This presentation demystifies the process, and can be a hands-on experience for a small group or a lecture for more participants.
Instructor:
Brenda Smith
Cloverdale Library:
Join Surrey Library's Jamie Brown as she delves into the genealogical gems you cannot find online or in subscription resources, but that you can find at Cloverdale Library! The focus will be on Canadian record sources and the extensive Genealogy resources held at Cloverdale; also the latest news from the branch plus some exciting program announcements!
Instructor:
Jamie Brown
Dating Old Photographs:
Fashion changes steadily and for the most part our ancestors had their photographs taken in their newest clothes. Using this concept Mr. Whitlock will demonstrate how you can use these changes to roughly date your old photographs. He will use his own collection of photographs as well and direct researchers to useful websites that will assist them to track the changes in both men’s and women’s fashions and date those shown in their ancestors' photographs.
Instructor:
Peter Whitlock
Descendancy Research: Cousins:
Learn how to find more of the descendants of your ancestors. Learn how to use FamilySearch Family Tree and Puzzilla to discover missing cousins. This research may help you find living relatives and to collaborate with each other.
Instructor:
Jeannie Vance
Digital Scrapbooking:
Digital Scrapbooking helps you capture moments, create layouts that transform your moments into memories, and captivate your loved ones with your scrapbooks for generations to come. Learn about using your computer to create scrapbooks--at any level. We will explore design with book services and print your own.
Instructor:
Tiffany Harvey
England Beginner:
Learn how to get started researching Family History in England. Find out what information is available on the internet to help you research between about 1840 to 2005. Find out how to make successful searches in Census, Civil Registration and Parish Records and then how to save your findings.
Instructor:
Peter Claydon
England Advanced: Gazetteers & Directories:
Ever wondered about the places that your ancestors were born or grew up? Where did the historical records eventually end up? Come and discover how to access online Gazetteers. Then use directories to find out more about the streets within a town, the trades practiced by your ancestors, and eventually even phone directories.
Instructor:
Susan Snalem
FamilySearch:
How to use FamilySearch to get the best results and find all that is available from this resource in your search for your ancestors.
Learn how to:
Search the records: How to put in search names and terms that will get you to the person you are looking for.
Find existing family trees: Learn how to find links to the millions of family Trees already available.
Use the Catalog: Find out what records are available in just about every place on earth
Find books: Learn to search books that contain material that will help you from the more than 100,000 digitized and searchable books and the millions of other books that are available both in libraries and online .
Use the WIKI: Take advantage of the WIKI, a huge database of knowledge from experienced genealogists about just about everything there is to know about everything genealogical.

Instructor:
Terry Rogers
FamilySearch Family Tree: A Collaborative Tree:
Family Tree is an updated approach to organizing and preserving your genealogy online. It is free, available to everyone, and provides free tools to help you preserve and share information, compare research, and go further faster by working together. In Family Tree you can: See what the system already contains about your ancestors; • Work with others to fill in missing information and correct errors; • Add sources and explanations to show that information is accurate; • Find and merge records that are about the same person; • Print pedigree charts and group records; • Upload and attach photos, documents or stories of ancestors.
Instructor:
Shauna Easthope
French Canadian Roots: Where Do I Search?
Where and how to search. A discussion of the various resources available and how to use them. We will consider both online and more traditional sources.
Instructor:
Lil Heselton
Indexing:
In 30 minutes, from home you can help people find their ancestors. Learn how to get started in indexing, understand the project instructions, use the different tabs to help you index, find helpful resources and understand the importance of indexing.
Instructor:
Delva Priest
Interesting Youth in Family History: Who's Your Granddaddy?
Family history is fun! However sometimes kids need a little convincing to help them discover the joys of genealogy. Come learn some creative ways to teach your children and grandchildren how to connect to their past.
Instructor:
Amy Johnston
Intro to Eastern European Family History:
Boundary changes and unfamiliar languages can make research in countries such as Ukraine and Poland difficult, but there are ways to get past the hurdles. Using geographic tools will make it easier for you to discover which records might be available, and where they are held. With more material being placed online every year, it is possible to make progress that would have seemed impossible not that long ago. Includes a list of Web sites to use.
Instructor:
Dave Obee
Ireland:
This session is for anyone with Irish ancestors and questions about what records exist and where are they stored. Not all the records were burned, not all the remaining records are digitized.
Instructor:
Eunice Robinson
Now What? The Family Research Cycle:
Explore the recursive nature of family history research. Learn to build on background knowledge and proven evidence. Use context and collateral evidence to extend your search.
Instructor:
Brenda Smith
Old Newspapers in the Digital Age:
Researching in old newspapers no longer means sitting at a microfilm reader for hours on end, winding through a seemingly endless string of news stories and advertisements. Today, the results we seek could be a matter of minutes away, thanks to the many digitization projects that have placed millions of newspaper pages on the Internet. But what are the pitfalls? This presentation takes you through the digitization process, from hard copy to your computer screen. It is designed to help you achieve the best results from your work.

Instructor:
Dave Obee
Ontario:
The course will cover what is available both on line and in various repositories in Ontario and elsewhere. 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.
Instructor:
Terry Rogers
Organizing a Research Trip:
At some time, every family historian wants to travel to at least one or more places where their ancestors came from. This session will address some of the points that researchers should consider when planning their trip, including contacting various genealogical societies and record offices.
Instructor:
Eunice Robinson
Researching Women:
Women can be tricky to research. Mrs. Husband’s Name does not give you much to work with. Together we look at resources, some obvious, some less so, to find the documents that will help you learn more about the women in your families and the roles they played in their communities. .
Instructor:
Andrea Lister
Resources at LDS Family History Centers:
offers a discussion on what is available at the centres in terms of training, costs, location, websites, software and staff expertise.
Instructor:
Dave & Pat Burns
Right Forest, Wrong Tree: Interpret Findings:
What does it mean? How do you know that? Where do you look for more evidence? It is not enough for the family historian to accumulate and organize information. Analysis and interpretation of documentation are the tools that move research forward.
Instructor:
Brenda Smith
RootsTech Video: Autosomal DNA:
This presentation will describe innovative techniques to analyze your autosomal DNA test results. Concepts such as phasing and triangulation will be introduced. Examples of challenging genealogical research questions that have been solved using autosomal DNA will be given.
Instructor:
Tim Janzen
RootsTech Video: Effective Database Searches:
Your research success depends on knowing the best way to search each different collection. Boolean, truncation, keyword, fielded data, proximity, phrase, wild cards and wild words are not foreign terms, but rather your keys to genealogical success! .
Instructor:
Kory Meyerink
RootsTech Video: Information Overload:
When using a search engine pressing Search often yields an large amount of search results. Discover ways to manage online searches and read between the lines" of your results. This presentation includes search engines and popular family history websites.
Instructor:
Josh Taylor
RootsTech Video (En español) : Spanish Research, Essential Sources:
Through Google Hangout, we will connect with genealogists from Spain and Latin America who share five valuable resources in the research of ancestors with Hispanic roots. A través de Google Hangout genealogistas de España y Latinoamérica compartirán recursos hispanos imprescindibles"
Instructor:
Sonia Mesa
RootsTech Video: Chaos to Calm, Organize Photos:
Do you have photos spilling out of shoe boxes? A computer full of photos with names such as DSC_00067899? We will show you a foolproof method for taming the chaos and organizing digital photos to enjoy, share, and preserve.
Instructor:
Alison Taylor
Saving Time & Energy in Cyberspace:
Free tools and strategies for managing, sharing and preserving your genealogy and family history digital files, e-mail, social media messages and more. Cloud, offline and mobile solutions will be discussed.
Instructor:
Diane Rogers
Scotland Beginner:
What basic records are available on the internet and how to search them from home? Scotland People website, Family Search, etc. You will be pleasant surprised.
Instructor:
Lorraine Irving
Scottish Maps & Beyond:
The National Library of Scotland’s map collection is one of the biggest in the world. With over 86,000 digitized maps available on-line dating from the 16th century through the 20th century, this site provides a gateway to Scotland’s geographic and topographic past. This seminar will cover: • The history of early Scottish mapping – from Pont to the Ordinance Survey • Descriptions of the various series of maps available with search and viewing options • Geo-referenced maps, including overlaying with current satellite or hybrid maps • An explanation of the National Grid Reference system and how to use it • It is not just Scotland – Some maps series from England and Wales are available
Instructor:
George Caldwell
Seafaring Ancestors:
Do you have captains, crew, ship-owners, insurers, bread-makers or pirates in your family tree? You might have an ancestor involved in the shipping industry and not realize it. Learn where to look to discover your seafaring ancestors. This talk provides a basic overview of where to look for seafaring ancestors tailored for primarily English and Canadian research with a smattering of United States resources.
Instructor:
Andrea Lister
Seeing the UK Census with New Eyes:
What the recently discovered householders’ schedules tell us about the Victorian (1841-1901) census records we all use. This session will be of interest to the advanced researcher because it is based on important new findings. However it will not be ‘over the head’ of anyone using the UK censuses. I had a trial run with a British audience in March which proved to be of interest to all levels. This talk will be presented to the Society of Genealogists in London in September and is the focus of an article I have prepared for the September issue of Family Tree magazine. The householders’ schedules are a delicious discovery because they offer the first opportunity ever to compare what our ancestors actually said to what the enumerators subsequently recorded.
Instructor:
Donald Davis
US Combined Census & Land Records:
The US Census provides a foundation for US Genealogy, but needs to be supported by other sources, many of which are suggested by the census itself. This session will review US Census records and how to use them most effectively, pitfalls to avoid, and finding suggestion for other sources. It will also provide a brief introduction to US land records. US land records are arguably the single most valuable resource available to US genealogists and one of the most under used. Examples and case studies will suggest some of the ways they can be used.
Instructor:
Lil Heselton
Using Ancestry & Findmypast Websites Effectively:
Get the most out of these two websites for family history research. Learn what's available, what's new, and how to focus your searches to bring success.
Instructor:
Diane Rogers
Where Did I Put It? Organizing Materials:
This session will address the piles of paper, documents and photographs that family historians habitually collect, and suggestions on how to organize and file them for easy retrieval.
Instructor:
Brenda Smith
World War 1 & Your Family Tree:
The talk will consist of a brief overview of World War I; resources available to genealogists; the kind of records can one expect to find; understanding military records and dealing with military souvenirs.
Instructor:
Colin Stevens

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