Genealogy experts to share tips on family research

Hit a dead end in digging up your family’s story? Help is at hand at the Cloverdale Library Oct. 29

Little Mary ran for help for her mother, Mary Morrison. Help arrived too late. Found in a ditch with knife wounds, Mary died just after their arrival. It was June 1908. Mother and daughter had been walking home through the trails around Hall’s Prairie (Surrey) when they were approached by a stranger who asked if they’d seen a coach pass by recently. Mary barely had a chance to answer when the fatal attack began.

Shock, outrage, and a hunt for the killer followed. Eventually one man was convicted of the crime. In December 1908, James Jenkins was hanged in New Westminster, alongside two others, in B.C.’s only triple hanging.

But did they hang the wrong man?

On Saturday, Oct. 29, join our special guest,

Cloverdale Library’s manager Laurie Cooke, who will discuss this fascinating piece of Surrey history.

At Brick Walls: Sharing Strategies on Tough Genealogy Problems, Laurie will share her research, what records she examined, and the conclusions she’s arrived at.

The Brick Walls event opens with panelists

M. Diane Rogers, Brenda L. Smith, and Peter Whitlock. Our three distinguished experts will discuss what to do when the inevitable happens – running into a brick wall.  In other words, what does a family historian do when their research hits an apparent dead end somewhere along the line?

Cloverdale Library presents Brick Walls: Sharing Strategies on Tough Genealogy Problems from 1-5 p.m. The cost is $20 (including food). Additional $10 if you opt for a one-on-one, 15-minute appointment with an expert.

Door prizes include a free, one-year World subscription to Find My Past.


• 1-2 p.m. Expert Panellists talk (20 minutes each)

• 2-2:30 p.m. Panel takes audience questions

• 2:30-3 p.m. Break – sandwiches and refreshments

• 3-4:15 p.m. Experts meet individuals for one-on-one consultations ($10 for 15 minutes)

• 3-4:15 p.m. Main group of attendees addressed by Guest Speaker Laurie Cooke who discusses a 1908 Surrey murder case

•4:15-4:45 p.m. Entire group reconvenes for final thoughts from the panellists


To register call or visit Cloverdale Library

5642 176A St., Surrey, B.C.


Questions? Email

– Paul MacDonell, Information Services Librarian

Just Posted

Cloverdale town hall adresses climate change and loss of biodiversity

Meeting co-hosted by Cloverdale-Langley City MP John Aldag, Camp We Empower draws about 70 people

PHOTOS: Surrey designer uses toilet paper to make a dress for annual Toronto show

‘The dress is very experimental and avante garde,’ says Guildford-based Alex S. Yu

Police issue warning after four overdoses in North Delta

Police and emergency health services use naloxone to revive four overdose victims Thursday morning

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Surrey reacts to policing plan getting the green light

Former mayor, councillors and residents weigh in on the Public Safety Minister approving the transition

Trudeau vows to stand firm against ‘increasingly assertive’ China

China has accused Canada of meddling in its affairs

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

North Van music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

B.C. man on trial for daughters’ murders says an intruder broke in

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

‘Plenty of time for a deal’: Teachers’ union expects kids back in school on Sept. 3

BCTF says class size, composition at the heart of the issue

Most Read