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

BCGS Walter Draycott Library – Holiday and Snow Closures

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will close for the holidays from 3 pm, Saturday December 20th, 2014, and reopens at 10 am Saturday, January 3, 2015.

BCGS members may take home circulating books and journals to read so come in this week with your holiday genealogy and family history reading list or browse the shelves for new items.

 

And please remember, if it snows any time, the Library is closed. Call to confirm if in doubt – 604 502 9119.

The Gold Stripe – post WWI – British Columbia, Canada

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The Gold Stripe, Volume 3, 1919 Title page. Soldier – illustration by Albert Udon.

 

The Gold Stripe, a compilation of articles, stories, illustrations, photographs and poetry, was published in 3 volumes just after World War I as a “tribute to the British Columbia men who have been killed, crippled and wounded in the Great War” and to raise money for the Amputation Club of British Columbia.  Publication years were: Volume 1, 1918; Volume 2, 1919;  Volume 3, 1919.

Most Gold Stripe articles and stories, and a great number of the illustrations were by British Columbians. Some articles are about the war; some are about soldiers and their families and friends trying to reestablish themselves after the war. Continue reading

BCGS Christmas Social – Dec. 10, 2014 in Burnaby BC

The BCGS Christmas Social is Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:30 pm in Burnaby.
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Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Seasonal refreshments, members’ displays, entertainment and the popular annual BCGS pocket book sale.

Donations of both holiday goodies and of paperback books for the book sale will be appreciated.

Please renew your membership for 2015 right now on-line or at the meeting or by mail.

About the photograph -This shows “Climbers at Mount Resplendent”, British Columbia, Canada in 1913. Byron Harmon postcard. Courtesy Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Mount Resplendent is southeast of the Robson Glacier in Mount Robson Provincial Park and was first climbed by Byron Harmon and Conrad Kain in 1911. Byron Harmon was a well known Western Canadian photographer and Conrad Kain, an accomplished mountaineer and guide.

Learn more about Byron Harmon and see more of his photographs at his grand daughter’s website Byron Harmon Photos and see the Conrad Kain Centennial Society website for a biography of Conrad Kain.

 

Genealogy Seminar with William Dollarhide – South Whidbey Island, USA, April 2015

The Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island will host its 2015 Seminar at the Dancing Fish Farmhouse,  25th April, 2015.

The seminar speaker will be William W. Dollarhide who has been in pursuit of his family origins since 1971. A well known genealogy speaker and author, Bill Dollarhide’s honors include an Award of Merit from the American Society of Genealogists for the Map Guide book and an Award of Appreciation from the National Genealogical Society. He’s written over ten genealogy books; the latest is Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE.

The 2015 South Whidbey Island Seminar will include four separate genealogical sessions. Included are the four sessions, a morning snack, and tea and coffee all day long in a beautiful and comfortable setting. On-site hot lunch is also available. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

For full details and registration information, read, download or print the South Whidbey Island Genealogy Seminar 2015 brochure here.