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Thanks to Donna Fraser, this is a list of Webinars that are available and have been organized by Christine Woodcock.

As some of you may already be aware, I have taken on the position of programming for the Scottish SIG of the Ontario Genealogical Society. As such, I have scheduled a number of free webinars. The webinars all take place at 10 am eastern. They are free at the time of the live presentation with access to the recordings being a member benefit for SIG members.

There are 4 "Getting Started" webinars. I will be the presenter for this series.

As well, I have arranged a number of more intermediate level webinars. These are being presented by others. Again, the time will be 10 am eastern and will be free at the time of the live presentation. The recordings will become a member benefit for the SIG members.

JUNE 15 Stories from the Asylum presented by Lorna Steele of the Highland Archive Services

SEPT 27 Cataloguing Archives presented by Archivist George MacKenzie

OCT 20 Lothian National Health Archives presented by Archivist Louise Williams

NOV 18 Scottish Marriage: Instantly Buckled for Life presented by Genealogist Chris Paton

DEC 9 Customs, Traditions and Superstitions presented by Christine Woodcock



Hello everyone, a few updates from us here in the Family History Department…

Our opening hours have expanded to seven days per week. Details here: However, time within the branch is still limited to one hour. Hopefully this will change soon.


We’ve recently added several titles to a UK research series we carry. These are specialty books on finding records pertaining to various aspects of your ancestors’ lives, such as occupations, life situations (e.g. bastardy, legal, criminal, poverty), religion, and some focused locations (e.g. East London, Kent, East Anglia). I’ve personally found them very useful in providing context and websites for specialty sources to consult such as associations and smaller archives.

(Note -- we have other books to help you with UK and Ireland research as well; this list represents a focused series by one specialty UK publisher.)


You can still access our library Ancestry account for free from home – if you live in Surrey and have a Surrey card – until June 30. (If that date is extended, I will send another update.) You must access through the link on our webpage here:


A reminder about our new, BC Historical Newspapers, that you can access for free from home – if you live in Surrey and have a Surrey card. We’ve heard great feedback from many of you already about this one. It is keyword searchable and has full coverage for the Vancouver Sun (1912 - present), The Province (1898 - present), and The Times Colonist (1884 - present).

As always, contact us if you have any questions, have a specific reference for which you need a look-up, or want some help to guide your research. Email [email protected], or call 604-598-7328, or stop by the branch!

Carmen Merrells | Information Services Librarian


Cloverdale Branch, Family History Department

5642 – 176A Street, Surrey, BC, Canada V3S 4G9

T 604.598.7447 |

We’re excited to welcome you back to our branches! Check our website for information on hours and available services and what we’re doing to keep everyone safe.

Fraser River and Cheam Peaks;

CPR Bridge from

Mission Waterfront.