Family History

Writing and Publishing Your Family History

Sat Nov 23 | 10:00 am - | Community Event

Morning session: Writing Your Family History

Start writing your family history!  Working with your own materials, learn how to develop the skills necessary for writing non-fiction from a family history point of view.  Discover how to move from gathering information to creating a publishable product.  Presented by Brenda L. Smith

Afternoon session: Publishing Your Family History

Do you want to publish your family history but make it more engaging than a list of when people were born and died? Do you want to turn your research into a book but not sure where to start? Who is your audience? What tools and skills do you need? Are there options beyond the book?  Presented by Andrea Lister 

Program day includes light lunch and refreshments.

Program cost:  $15


Brenda L. Smith is a genealogist, historian, writer, educator, and researcher.  She has comprehensive experience in many areas, including journalism, marketing and public relations.  Until recently, she served as Chair of the Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission.  Brenda is a founding member of the Maple Ridge Family History Group and a contributor to its newsletter.  In 2006, Brenda received the Maple Ridge Heritage Commission Sheila Nickols Heritage Achievement Award for Community History and Heritage Teaching.  Brenda is a regular presenter at many family history events in Canada and the US.

Andrea Lister received her BA in History from the University of BC in 1994. Since then, she has enjoyed helping authors tell the untold stories of history.  She is the editor of British Columbia History magazine and works as a writer, researcher, editor, and designer. Andrea is the principal of Absolutely Literate, and the author of the sold-out book Commitment to Caring: Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary’s 100 Years.  She is the editor of Surrey: A City of Stories, a heritage award winner.  As well, she is the book designer and indexer for heritage award winner, Looking Back: Volume One, published by the Maple Ridge Historical Society.  Andrea regularly writes and speaks about researching your family history.



Community Event

Cloverdale Recreation Centre
6188 - 176 Street
V3S 4E7

Room 202




Registration required.  Cost: $15.  Contact City Centre branch to sign up.