Islay Descendents Gather in British Columbia 2004

They gathered in Cloverdale, British Columbia, Canada - the weekend of September 11th & 12th, 2004

Click on any of the small images for a full size view!

Sharon Huber

Barbara Smith

The Whole Gang

Catherine Fryer

Celia Geary

Cheryn Donaldson

Ann Claggett

Diane Klaassen

Don Buie

Evelyn Milne

Harry McGraith

Helen Blair

Lois Moon

Lorna Buie

Lorna Donaldson

Pat McLachlan

Mary McLaughlin

Roy Mutter


Murdo Smith


Cloverdale Public Library, 5642 176A Street, Surrey, B.C. 

Research Morning at the Cloverdale Branch of the Surrey Public Library:

You'll have the morning to research in the library's comprehensive collection of Canadian sources. If you want to use microfilm (census, passenger lists, etc.), you will need to call & book a reader ahead of time as space is limited. ($2. per hour. 604 576 1384 local 6). They are taking September bookings.

Here's a link to the library

or click this second link, then at the top of the "Programs and Services" menu you can click on "Genealogy"...


Islay Gathering:  1:15 - 5:00 pm in the Library Meeting Room:

GUEST SPEAKER: Harry McGrath, Co-ordinator of the Simon Fraser University Centre for Scottish Studies.

He will be discussing the centre's programmes, particularly this year's new oral history project, "Scottish Voices from the West."  For those interested, the Scottish Centre's  St. Andrews and Caledonian lecture will be September 16, 2004 by Professor Chris Smout from St. Andrews University, Scotland on the effects of Union.

BRING YOUR FAMILY RESEARCH TO SHARE, there will be time to discuss all (well, ok, many of ) our family stories.  If you will need any equipment (slide projector, etc.) please contact Diane Rogers as soon as possible.

There'll be afternoon tea/coffee & door prizes, so don't miss this gathering if you're in the West of America.

Dinner together later at Kelly O'Bryan's Restaurant, (no host dinner)

Cost: minimal ($10 & your dinner)

The Cloverdale Library is very accessible by public transit. 

For those folks coming to the gathering in September 11, 2004 at the Cloverdale Library in Surrey. this link offers a very good map of the Vancouver lower mainland and all its districts.

and then use this link to further narrow the hunt down

and / or use this interactive / zoomable street map to help navigate your way from anywhere in the lower mainland of Vancouver to the Cloverdale Library.  (Thanks to Derwyn for these links)

If you are planning to make a weekend of it, please see the Surrey Tourism & Convention Association website for accommodations and ideas.  Surrey has a lot to recommend it---great parks and interesting heritage sites, as well as on September 11/12 the Surrey Music Festival.

I can recommend the Ramada Hotel & Suites on 158th St., or the Sheraton Guildford on 104th, in Surrey, and I know there are interesting bed & breakfast places in Surrey and nearby.


For more information, contact Diane Rogers at