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

World War I – BCGS-VPL session, July 7, 2014 – handouts

Over the next few days, the handouts and some additional resources will be posted here from the BCGS – VPL session on researching the British Empire’s World War I military held at Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch, 7 July 2014.  Watch for more here soon.

WWI British Empire Military – Genealogy & Family History – BCGS-VPL- July 2014-handout by M. Diane Rogers (.pdf)

World War I – UK Genealogy Research by Susan Snalam (.pdf)

And you can see the VPL-Bibliocommons lists here- with direct links to the VPL books and some of the websites cited at the session. (Many of these books are at the BCGS Library too.)  Continue reading

BCGS July 9, 2014 – General Meeting Reminder

July 9, 2014 BCGS General Meeting

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 9 July 2014, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
Directions and map

Two Group Sessions -
Genealogy 101 – Cemeteries with Lorraine Irving
Scottish Group

Upcoming Events -

BCGS Library Week – Free access to the BCGS Library in Surrey, BC. Bring family, friends and neighbours. Telephone: 604 502 9119 Address: Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue, Surrey, BC.

BCGS Walter Draycott Library Open House, Sunday, July 13th, 2 to 4 pm. Refreshments.

BCGS Walter Draycott Library Week – Monday, July 14 to Saturday, July 19, 10 am to 3 pm each day. More details on daily talks, etc.on this BCGS Annual Library Week page.

BCGS Research Tip – July 2014

Happy Canada Day from the British Columbia Genealogical Society!

This month’s British Columbia Genealogical Society’s research tip is:

Learn how names were (and are) pronounced ‘correctly’; say them out loud (or find a native speaker to do that), then use the sound to help you locate indexed variations. (Works with place names too.)

This can be a helpful idea no matter where your family is from. To give you an idea, here’s a list of English surname pronunciations from a little book called Everybody’s Pocket Companion, Fifth Edition, compiled by A Mercer, M.R.S.T. (Page 50, no date, private collection).

Two of these surnames will be familiar to news hounds and mystery watchers,  but do you have one of these names in your tree?  Continue reading

Researching the British Empire’s WWI Military – BCGS – VPL talk – July 7, 2014, Vancouver

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 Indian Troops for France. C.W. Faulkener and Sons Co., Ltd. World War I postcard, mailed 1914 to Cowichan Station, British Columbia, Canada.

Researching the British Empire’s WWI Military – at Vancouver Public Library (VPL), Central Branch. Free. A BC Genealogical Society presentation given in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library.

Monday, 7 July, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Did someone in your family have ties to the British Empire’s military during WW I?

Join BC Genealogical Society members and find out how to research British Empire military records.

Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level
Central Library, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street

For more information please contact: VPL Programming and Learning Services at info@vpl.ca at 604 331-3603 or see the event listing at the VPL website: www.vpl.ca

Scotties_clean_up-WWWI-postcardScotties Have A Clean Up After A Spell In the Trenches, World War i,                      Y.M.C.A. Hut Fund postcard.

BCGS Free Library Week – July 13-19, 2014

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The annual BCGS free Walter Draycott Library Week begins Sunday, July 13th with an Open House from 2-4 pm. Refreshments, including cake, door prizes. All interested are welcome.

From Monday, July 14 to Saturday, July 19, the BCS Walter Draycott Library is open free to all interested from 10 am to 3 pm each day. Talks and activities are scheduled for each day – check the .pdf schedule below – and you may research any day. See the BCGS Annual Library Week page for details.

BCGS 2014 Library Week activities schedule (.pdf)

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