Surrey British Columbia Family History Centre

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Centre, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

Centre Contacts and Hours

Location and Map 

  • 6270 126th Street Surrey BC south side of building. There is a buzzer just to the left of the main doors to be buzzed.
  • Parking is free for our patrons.
  • Location on Map

Contact Information

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Phone: 604 597 9695




2018 - 2019 Regular hours - in effect Sep 11 - June 13 2019 - except for statutory holidays and holiday closures

Current hours

***During inclement weather call ahead to be sure the center is open.

• Tuesdays 10 am to 9 pm
• Wednesdays 11 am to 3 pm
• Thursdays 2 pm to 9 pm
Hope to see you there.

Holiday Closures 2018 - 2019

Closed all Statutory Holidays

Christmas closure Dec 14th 2018 through Jan 7th 2019

Summer closure TBA

Please contact our centre to get up to date closures, to check our hours, or to arrange group visits or arrange special help.

NEW Exciting changes and new services
  • Make an appointment for your family: We have various family history exploration activities for children of all ages or for families to do together. Topics of the tubs are a toy exploration, a photo exploration, records exploration, migration exploration, and a temple exploration.We have a special family friendly area.
  • We have upgraded equipment and furnishings.
  • Live in the Surrey BC area? Come get help with your genealogy.

Calendar and Events

All classes will be held at the Surrey Family History Center or in a room in the same building.

6270 126 Street

Surrey BC

Watch here for upcoming classes

All classes will be held at the Surrey Family History Center or in a room in the same building.

6270 126 Street

Surrey BC

Scotland: Introduction - George Caldwell

April 15th Monday at 10 am – Noon

Or April 17th at 7 —9 pm

At the Surrey Family History Center

6270 126 Street Surrey BC

Pre-register:—walk-ins welcome

¨ This talk will focus on starting your genealogical research in Scotland.

¨ Record collections – Old Parish Registers, Civil Registration, Census, and more.

¨ Typical information contained on the records and how this information can be used to trace your Scottish ancestors.

¨ Where these records can be found for research, including indexes, transcriptions, and original images.

¨ Internet sources such as ScotlandsPeople, Ancestry, Find my Past, and FamilySearch.

¨ Emphasis on the digitized material available on the FamilySearch website

George Caldwell bio - George Caldwell , was born in Bellshill Scotland and emigrated to Canada in the mid 1950’s as a young lad. He has been researching his Scottish roots for the past 20 years. He is a member of the British Columbia Genealogical Society and the facilitator for the Scottish Special Interest Group for the Society.


Finding Your Roots Conference - an annual event

Saturday October 19th 2019 - pre-registration is required but there is no charge for the all day event.

Those who do not pre-register may attend classes but will not have access to handouts which are posted online for those who register.

A list of classes will appear hear in August 2019 - we usually offer about 36 classes and there is an exhibit hall.

Registration will open on September 1st 2019 at

Details to follow.


  • FamilySearch Catalog Films: We have many films and fiche on extended loan. So even though film ordering has ended you can still access these resources at our center.
  • Index of all the extended films/fiche in our center is available on our computers.
  • Thousands of books dealing with research from all parts of the world. An index of these books is available on our computers.
  • Film indexes for Ontario.
  • Icelandic Census books

New Book Acquisitions

September 2017

Cite Your Sources 1980 Lackey, Richard S. 929
The Baby Name Book 1984 Lansky, Bruce 929
Ganbaru the Murakami Family 1992 Murakami, Rose 971.1
Gold Creeks and Ghost Towns 1984 Barlee, N.L. 971.1
Grassroots of Lumby 1877 - 1927 Duke, N.R. Pat 971.1
1871 Census Index of Elgin. Ontario 1989
1871 Census Index of Hastings, Prince Edward, Ontario 1991 OGS 971.3
1871 Census Index of Kingsrton, Frontenac, Lennox, Addington, Ontario 1988 OGS 971.3
1871 Census Index of Lambton, Ontario 1986 OGS 971.3
1871 Census Index of Northumberland, Ontario 1990 OGS 971.3
1871 Census Index of Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario 1988 OGS 971.3
1871 Census Index of Renfrew and the North, Ontario 1992 OGS 971.3
1871 Census Index of Storemont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell, Ontario 1987 OGS 971.3
Yesterday's Dreams, Today's Memories 1985 Copyright Norsudal Cultural Group 971.3
Compendiumof Historical Sources 1997 Bremer, Ronald A. 973
Finding Indiana Ancestors 2007 Indiana Historical Society 973
Maryland Records Volume 1 1915 Brumbaugh, Gains Marcus 973
Maryland Records Volume 2 1928 Brumbaugh, Gains Marcus 973
Genealogical Research Directory Australia 1998 Johnson, Keith A. , Sainty, Malcolm R. 994

Previous Acquisitions from the past two years:

BC Genealogist Vol 43 # 2 June 2014
BC Genealogist Vol 44 # 2 June 2015
BC Genealogist Vol 44 # 2 Sept 2015

Iceland 1703 Census The 1703 Census of the whole of Iceland continued in a second binder.
Iceland 1703 , 1729 Census The 1703 Census of the whole of Iceland continued. The 1729 Census of the whole of Iceland.
Iceland 1762 Census Index Index to the 1762 Census for Iceland
Iceland 1801 Census Index Index to the 1801 Census for Iceland
Iceland 1801 Census Index with Family Groups Index to the 1801 Census for Iceland with Family Groups
Iceland 1816 Census Index Iceland 1816 Census Index - Last name Index
Iceland 1845 Census Index Binder 1 Iceland 1845 Census Index Binder 1 / Book 1 Surnames Abela - Gudlaug
Iceland 1845 Census Index Binder 2 Iceland 1845 Census Index Binder 2 / Book 2 Surnames Gudlaugur - Hoskuldur
Iceland 1845 Census Index Binder 3 Iceland 1845 Census Index Binder 3 / Book 3 Surnames Idbjorg - Kristin
Iceland 1845 Census Index Binder 4 Iceland 1845 Census Index Binder 4 / Book 4 Surnames Kristjana - Sigridur
Iceland 1845 Census Index Binder 5 Iceland 1845 Census Index Binder 5 / Book 5 Surnames Sigrun - Ossur
Iceland Guide to 1703, 1729, 1801 Volume 1, Volume 2, 1816, 1845 Guide to the complete Census for Iceland for 1703, 1729, 1801 Volume 1 Volume 2, 1816, 1845

Planters and Pioneers, Limited Revised Edition 2006 - Dr. Esther Clark Wright - Justin Wentzell publisher - early New Brunswick settlers.

Ukraine Ukrainian Research 2013 State Archives 947.7 Villages within Parishes. Languages for months of the year translation. Ukrainian American Collection. Manuscript collections. Other resources Ukraine ( internet ) Ukrainians in North America by Professor Bohdan P. Procko 20-Sep-13

Canada Canadian National Censuses 1871,1881,1891,1901 2002 Family Search 971 How to navigate census giving Family History Library film number. 20-Sep-13

Canada Ontario Land Records 2003 Family Search 971 How to search Ontario Land records. Steps 1 by surname, Step 2 by land by description, Step 3 by probate records, Step 4 other types. Book referenced 'Genealogy in Ontario, Searching the Records', Brenda D. Merreman is in our Surrey FHC Library. 20-Sep-13

CanadaThis is Alberta 1963 The Albertan 971.2 This is Alberta is a compilation of newpaper articles from ' The Albertan ' Articles include - this is Alberta p 91, day of the fur traders p 93 - 8, Grain - Keystone of our Economy and Canada's stock in trade. Look back at pioneer life, pioneer past. Railway, planes, oil, tar sands, gas, banks, nature, agriculture. History of Alberta. 20-Sep-13

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal: This centre has access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access in the centre to subscription websites.
  • Premium Databases Include the following
  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  • Alexander Street Press• The American Civil War: Research Database, Letters and Diaries, Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera, Social and Cultural History, Women and Social Movements in the United States
  • - Institution version
  • Archive Digital
  • Findmypast - Institution version
  • Kinpoint - Premium
  • MyHeritage - Library Edition
  • Paper Trail
  • ProQuest Obituary Listings
  • - Premium Services
  • World Vital Records- All content has been added to (They purchased WVR)
  • We also have database programs for information storing of your genealogical work such as PAF (Personal Ancestral File), Legacy, Roots Magic, and Ancestral Quest to name a few. We have the deluxe paid versions at our centre. You may download the basic free version for use at home.

Hardware and Equipment

Our centre has 12 computers, 2 printers, 3 fiche readers, 5 film readers including 2 high magnification readers, 1 digital film/fiche reader and a multi functional digital copier/scanner/printer.

Center Services

Group Visits - youth groups, adult groups, children's groups and family groups.

Email: or call the centre at 604-597-9695 for information on booking and on what types of instruction are available, etc.

NEW SERVICE: One on One Assistance - to book this email and you will be contacted with times available. Often individual assistance is available from regular staff without an appointment. However, if you wish to be sure there is a knowledgeable staff member available you can book an appointment.

  1. • Patrons can scan photos to memory sticks and upload them to the FamilySearch Family Tree site.
    • Patrons at the center have free access to 12 premium databases including Ancestry and Find My Past. We can help you get the most out of these.
    • Our friendly staff can assist with uploading images and doing research using FamilySearch and the Premium Databases.
    • We offer monthly seminars during the winter months to help patrons learn new skills and these are free and open to the community.
  2. • We teach individuals and groups how to do FamilySearch Indexing, how to research using FamilySearch, how to complete the My Family booklet and enter data in Family Tree.
  3. • We can help you create fan charts, photo pedigrees, etc. using Treeseek
  4. • We can help you use the Premium versions of Puzzilla to find more cousins.

Executive Committee:
Director: Jeannie Vance
Assistant Director: Sara Herrington
Patron Services Coordinator: Jeannie Vance
Technical Coordinator: George Caldwell

Training Coordinator: Jeannie Vance
Scheduling Coordinator: Barbara McMullin

Associate Administrator: Jacquie Jarvis

Specialists: (other consultants may also have knowledge for researching in these areas)

Scotland - George Caldwell

England - Marilyn Ponting, Jeannie Vance

Ontario: Jeannie Vance, Sharon Russell or Terry Rogers

New England: Terry Rogers