Cloverdale Library launches family history programs

Get help with your genealogy projects by drawing on the expertise and resources at the Cloverdale Library

Are you interested in delving deeper into your family’s history?

The Cloverdale Library hosts a series of upcoming genealogy workshops designed to help you trace your family history by making use of its extensive resources, programs and expertise.

Genetic Genealogy – Now it’s for Everyone, is presented Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m. (Cost $10). Learn how DNA testing can hep with family history research. DNA testing allows you to learn more about you biological heritage, connect with previously unknown cousins, and confirm familiar relationships Find out how DNA testing works, and how it can aid your own family history research.

You may register by calling 604-598-7327 or email

Start Searching Your Family History, a beginner’s workshop in five lessons, starts Saturday, Jan. 16 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and continues to March 12.

This is a series of five, three hour classes developed by writer and researcher Brenda Smith.

Participants will work with their own materials, supporting each other, and will learn how to set goals for the research, organize and evaluate their data, and plan the first stage of their individual research programs. Participants must be able to commit to all five sessions. The cost is $100 for the series.

You may register by calling 604-598-7327 or email

Start Writing Your Family History – A Beginners’ Workshop in Five Lessons also starts on Jan. 16 (1:30-4:30 p.m.) and runs to March 12. This series also consists of five 3-hour classes, and addresses the researcher’s need to report and publish 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. Participants must be able to commit to attending all five sessions. The cost is $100. Register at 604-598-7327, or email

The Genealogy Road Show is Saturday, Feb. 20 from 1-4 p.m. Volunteers from the B.C. Genealogy Society will offer advice to individuals and family members researching their family history.

Bring your research details to date, and beginners will get help on where to start their research, based on their knowledge and family documents.

The session includes guided tours and hands-on help on how to use the new ViewScan technology enabling you to make digital copies of microfilm. Find out how it works by registering at 604-598-7327 or by emailing

The Cloverdale Library is located at 5642 176A St.

– Cloverdale Reporter