Genealogy workshop will help people find family history

Searching for one’s roots can be a long and tedious process, but an upcoming workshop being hosted by the South Cariboo Genealogy Group (SCGG) should be a big help for those who attend.

The informative workshop takes place on May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 100 Mile House Library Branch.

Guest speakers Lorraine Irving and Eunice Robinson from the British Columbia Genealogy Society will speak on researching parish registers, civil registration, cemeteries and military records.

“These are useful sources of information. Lots of our members are looking for ways to find their family history other than just using Ancestry.com,” says SCGG president Deanna Stokes.

She explains that information offered at the workshop will be a great asset for those just starting out, as well as people who are experienced in researching family history.

Attendees will receive free handouts and also have the option to purchase other resource information.

People are advised to bring along a notebook and pen and the cost for the workshop is $40, which includes lunch.

As to why people have a fascination about their family history, Stokes says it’s varied.

“There are people searching for their roots, and I don’t know if some are maybe searching for a skeleton in the closet.”

In the six years Stokes has been researching her own family history, she has followed her and her husband’s roots back to the 1700s. Among the interesting things she has found is her husband’s lineage includes Brigham Young who, from 1847 to 1877, was the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

SCGG has 13 members and they meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. in the library. Annual membership fees are $10, which gives people access to club resources, such as books, tapes and a film reader.

To register for the one day workshop, contact Stokes at 250-456-2332.