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 Library – microfilm scanner temporarily unavailable

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library’s microfilm scanner has been temporarily moved pending some roof work. If you are coming to read and scan a film or fiche, please call the Library ahead of your visit to confirm the scanner is available. As soon as it is again hooked up, we will post a new note.

There is still a film reader available.

BCGS Library – open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 to 3 pm.

Call the Library: 604 502 9119

BCGS 2015 Seminar – early bird prices only available till April 15th

It’s now just 45 days till the BCGS 2015 Seminar with speaker Jill Morelli, 9 May, 2015 in Richmond, BC.

Order your tickets now at the early bird price – until April 15, 2015, tickets are $44.00 each for BCGS & Affiliate Society Members; $55.00 for non-members.

After April 15th, the prices increase to $55.00 each for BCGS & Affiliate Society Members; $65.00 for non-members.

Tickets include refreshments and lunch.

See all the details on the BCGS 2015 Seminar page. You may order your tickets on-line with PayPal or by phone or e-mail, or by mail or at BCGS meetings.

Speaker Jill Morelli currently is writing a series of articles about Jens Dahl, a Norwegian born immigrant to the USA who enlisted in the Union Army in 1862. Here is her first article from A Year in the Life of Jens Dahl

Here is a link to her other articles on Jens Dahl’s Civil War experiences.

 

BCGS AGM & Cemetery Research presentation – March 11, 2015

The BC Genealogical Society Annual General Meeting is Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a location map with directions.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Speaker: Lindsay McArthur

Topic: Cemetery Research and Transcribing – how to properly clean headstones.

LIndsay McArthur has worked on cemetery projects in both Maple Ridge and Fort Langley. While working at the Langley Centennial Museum she organized “Down to Earth”, a provincial cemetery symposium attended by people from around British Columbia. Lindsay is currently the Visual Arts programmer at the Surrey Art Gallery.

The BC Genealogical Society’s Cemetery Committee is planning field trips and photography projects for 2015. If you are interested in working on a cemetery project with the Committee, please contact Betty Allen by e-mail: bcgs@bcgs.ca or leave a message at the BCGS Library 604 502 9119.

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The BCGS Cemetery Committee’s latest publication is on Nelson Memorial Cemetery in Nelson, British Columbia.

Abraham Lincoln’s Legacy in British Columbia

The Government of British Columbia has invited citizens to collaborate on the preparation of a letter to mark the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death.  “The letter will be paired with a previous letter of condolences sent by the Governor and Legislature of the Colony of Vancouver Island to the United States in 1865 following President Lincoln’s assassination.”

“Comments and stories from British Columbians, especially those whose heritage is connected to Lincoln and the legacy he created” are welcome. The submission deadline date is February 28, 2015. See more details and comment on the new website: Abraham Lincoln – His Legacy in British Columbia