About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

Brick Walls 2 Seminar! Saturday, November 1, 2014 – Surrey BC

Brick Walls Seminar 2 – Sharing Strategies on Tough Genealogy Problems

with M. Diane Rogers, Brenda L. Smith, and Peter Whitlock, plus guest speaker Eunice Robinson.

Co-sponsors: British Columbia Genealogical Society and the Cloverdale Library (Surrey Libraries).

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Saturday, November 1, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Charge: $20 (includes food)
Additional charge of $10 for 1-on-1 meeting with an Expert

 

Another brick in the wall! One of our most successful programs ever is back. Our experts, Diane, Brenda, and Peter, return to share their thoughts on overcoming difficult Family History challenges.

The panel members will then individually meet attendees who have submitted questions in advance for 1-on-1 fifteen minute consultations. While this is happening special guest speaker Eunice Robinson will give a talk on planning a trip to Salt Lake City.

There will be an end-of-the-day wrap-up plus lots of opportunities to ask questions and share experiences!

A delicious light meal and refreshments will be provided. And there are great door prizes for lucky participants, including a year’s subscription to FindMyPast.com and a year’s membership in the BC Genealogical Society!

Contact the BCGS for details and tickets: bcgs@bcgs.ca or call Susan Snalam at 604 273 8209. BCGS tickets available in person at meetings as of August, 2014. Pay at a meeting in person or on-line below with PayPal. We will ask for your phone number and an e-mail address, if applicable. These will only be used in case we need to contact you about this Seminar.

1-on-1 questions need to be paid for and submitted in advance. You will be asked ahead of time for a brief description of your Brick Wall; a form will be provided to you for this purpose.  Contact the BCGS as above for details.


Brick Wall Seminar




On the Brick Walls Seminar day there will be an extended free orientation of the Cloverdale Library Family History Collection, Saturday, November 1 from 10:30 – noon. Please register separately with Cloverdale Library if you are interested in attending the orientation. Cloverdale Library has an extensive collection of Canadian genealogical materials and offers free access to several on-line databases.

BCGS BC Brick Wall #2 above – do you recognize this wall? Hint: you can get a good cup of coffee there.

Canadiana.org – Survey on digitization priorities

Canadiana.org partnered with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) a while ago on a project to digitize 40,000 reels of microfilm from LAC. This project, now known as Héritage, already offers free access to some of these digitized reels.

There is more information at Canadiana’s Héritage portal. You can browse the already digitized collections (not indexed) and you can check the listing of what’s likely coming next. Collections include films of

  • Genealogy Records
  • Aboriginal Records
  • Government Records
  • Military & War Records
  • Papers of Prominent Canadians
  • Miscellaneous – currently including select copies of Ukrainian language newspapers and periodicals.

Canadiana is asking genealogists to choose which collections to prioritize – and is offering this will involve “partially transcribing select collections“.

Click on this link to go to Canadiana.org and fill out the survey.

BCGS August 13 – General Meeting Reminder

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
Directions and map (.pdf).

World War I research session – Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand with George Caldwell, M. Diane Rogers and Susan Snalam.

 

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Canadian journalists speaking with members of the 42nd Battalion Scots (Royal Highlanders of Canada) at the reserve line, July 1918. Photographer unknown; Library and Archives Canada (LAC), Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada/ MIKAN no.3522202/1964-114 NPC.

For more World War I photographs of the 42nd Battalion, see “Black Watch 42nd Battalion in WWI” by David O’Keefe at YouTube.

BCGS Harvest Supper – 10 September 2014

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BCGS Harvest Supper, September 10, 2014

There will be a BC Genealogical Society Harvest Supper before the September 10th, 2014 general meeting from 6-7 pm.

Featuring a chicken dinner, salads, a special dessert and entertainment.

Tickets $10, available at the August meeting or reserve and pay at the door. For more information, call Lynne at 604 942 3663. Harvest Supper poster (.pdf)