Family history conference hosts free workshops

More than 20 free workshops offered on Saturday, May 2

The Abbotsford Family History Centre (AFHC) is hosting more than 20 free workshops on Saturday, May 2.

Organizer Theo van Gogh said beginners and experts alike can learn tools and techniques to help fortify and foster their family history through many generations.

“Never before in the history of mankind has there been a more exciting time to find our ancestors and discover the histories of those that have gone on before,” van Gogh said.

Van Gogh said through modern technology and the internet, research has become available for almost anyone who wants to find their roots.

The objective of the Abbotsford Family History conference is to help people discover ways to use this technology and find their ancestors.

The conference includes a full day of classes open to those 12 years and older.

Topics include: connecting the past, present and future; family search for beginners; and getting the most from

The event takes place at the AFHC, located at 30635 Blueridge Dr.

For more information or to register, visit

The AFHC is staffed by volunteers and provides free access to many subscription genealogy websites, including

The centre is open from September to June. For hours of operation, visit the website or call 604-852-8043.