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A Beginners' Workshop in 5 Lessons

with Brenda L. Smith

This series of five 3-hour classes, developed by writer and researcher Brenda L. Smith, addresses each beginning family history researcher's need for guidance in embarking on a very personal journey. Working with their own materials, and supporting each other, learners will discover their particular motives and set goals for their research, organize and evaluate their data, and plan the first stage of their individual programs.

Participants must be able to commit to attending all five sessions.

Fall sessions: Mondays 5:30-8:30pm. Sept 21, Oct 5 & 19, Nov 2 & 16

Charge: $100 for the series

Register in person at the Cloverdale Library, call 604-598-7327, or email familyhistory@surrey.ca.
Payment required upon registration.

Lesson 1: Probe the Past - From the Known to the Unknown
Discover your personal motivation for compiling a family history, formulate goals for research, and draft a family tree diagram.

Lesson 2: Organize - The Second Prime Directive
Explore organizational approaches, basic data collection and storage techniques, organize your workbook, and create a family group sheet.

Lesson 3: Can You Prove That? Verify Your Findings
Process documents, discuss evidence and apply standards of proof.

Lesson 4: Right Forest, Wrong Tree: Interpret Your Findings
Build context for your research, and develop techniques for critical analysis of family history data.

Lesson 5: Pack Your Parachute: The Research Plan
Renew your research goals and prepare a plan for continuing research.