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 General Meeting – July 13, 2016 – BC and Computer Groups meet

1933-Vancouver-Sun-carriers-New-Westminster-BC

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby. Meeting location – printable map and directions

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Group sessions after the meeting will be:

Canadian Interest Group: British Columbia with M. Diane Rogers

Computer Interest Group: with Peter Claydon and Eunice Robinson

Shown in the 1933 photograph above are some Vancouver Sun newspaper boys in New Westminster.

This vintage Stuart Thomson photograph has been digitally colourized by Mark Truelove of Canadian Colour. View both the original and the new version at the Canadian Colour website.

Mark is a family historian from British Columbia who wants to bring the past to life. Learn more about him in this Radio Canada International interview with Wojtek Gwiazda. Like the Canadian Colour Facebook page too to see his newest work.

Original photograph, Vancouver Sun Service Department No. 41 hut and carriers, at 12th and Nanaimo, New Westminster, BC, Canada, 1933, courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives: AM1535-: CVA 99-4378; photographer Stuart Thomson. Colourized version courtesy of Mark Truelove, Canadian Colour

Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Predecessors

Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police History and Genealogy

“What a Year 1920 Was” (RNWNP, Dominion Police, the new RCMP), RCMP Veterans’ Assn.: http://www.rcmpveteransvancouver.com/what-a-year-1920-was-for-the-force/

Federal records, digitized microfilm – Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police, RCMP. Héritage (Canadiana.org): http://heritage.canadiana.ca/

North West Mounted Police – Personnel Records, 1873-1904, database, Library and Archives Canada: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/nwmp-personnel-records/pages/north-west-mounted-police.aspx

Defending the Law: The North-West Mounted Police, 1873-1920, HistoricPlaces.ca: http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/pages/45_rcmp_grc.aspx

“Without Fear, Favour or Affection”: The Men of the North West Mounted Police, archived exhibit, Library and Archives Canada: https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/nwmp-pcno/index-e.html

Sir Sam Steele Collection: http://steele.library.ualberta.ca/explore

RCMP Heritage Centre: http://www.rcmpheritagecentre.com/home/exhibits

RCMP Obituary Index, RCMP Quarterly, 1933-1989, Saskatchewan Genealogical Society: http://saskgenealogy.com/databases/public_databases/RCMP_Obituary_Index.pdf

RCMP Quarterly – a BCGS volunteer is indexing articles of interest from the BCGS Library collection of RCMP Quarterly journals. This index is being published in The British Columbia Genealogist and is available in the Library. The BCGS Library is interested in filling in gaps in the collection. The Quarterly began in 1933. Since 1999, it has been the official magazine of the RCMP Veterans’ Association.

See also The Officer Down Memorial Page for officers killed in the line of duty:(Canada) http://canada.odmp.org/

BCGS Family History Book Awards & Strawberry Tea – June 8, 2016 in Burnaby

Strawberries

The next BCGS general meeting will be Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map

This meeting will feature the Annual BCGS Family History Award presentations and authors’ talks and the annual Strawberry Tea!

All interested are very welcome to attend. Learn more about the BCGS Family History Book Awards here.

Photograph: BC Genealogical Society

DNA Group notes – May 2016 meeting

Watch for news about sessions in July during or near BCGS Library Week, July 17-23. Contact the DNA group facilitator for more info – canadagenealogy@shaw.ca

Here are links to some commercial and non-profit websites mentioned at the BCGS DNA Group meeting, May 11, 2016 and a few new links of interest. And below is the list of articles that were available at the meeting. See our April DNA Group update for links to the free DNA videos from the genetic genealogy talks at WDYTYA Live 2016, sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

AncestryDNA – autosomal DNA testing – Ancestry.com Debbie Kennett has just published an article about the changes at Ancestry at her blog, Cruwys News as has Roberta Estes at her blog, DNAeXplained.

GedMatch – a volunteer project – free – compare your DNA results to others. Accepts data from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA and WeGene. https://www.gedmatch.com

DNALand – free. See your data as compared with reference populations; relative matching. Learn more about your DNA and share with scientists. Currently accepts data from 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, or AncestryDNA. Non-profit research project; run by academics affiliated with Columbia University and the NY Genome Center. https://dna.land/

OpenSNP – free – volunteer project. Publish, share and learn about your DNA data for scientific and genealogical use. Currently accepting DNA data from 23andMe, deCODEme or FamilyTreeDNA. Contact them if you have another company’s test and want to participate. https://opensnp.org/

Promethease – Nominal charge; offers a literature based “personal DNA report based on connecting a file of DNA genotypes to the scientific findings cited in SNPedia.” See the sample reports. https://www.promethease.com/ Judy Russell has an article about Promethease at her blog, The Legal Genealogist. Do make time to read the comments, and the other articles she cites.

The newer books mentioned were:

Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Debbie Parker Wayne and Blaine T. Bettinger (National Genealogical Society, to be published summer 2016).

NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection by David R. Dowell (Libraries Unlimited, 2014).

Endogamy: One Family, One People by Israel Pickholtz (Colonial Roots, 2015).

POTPOURRI OF ARTICLES RELATING TO GENETIC GENEALOGY
Available at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library
(articles without a call # are in cataloguing – available soon)

Three Irish Lambert Immigrants to North America, genetics and genealogy, David Lambert, pp. 54-55. American Ancestors, Summer 2015.
BCGS – 974 NEA V6#31 2015

Cousins, and Overcoming the DNA Language Barrier, DNA & Genealogy, Diahan Southard, p. 31, Your Genealogy Today, March/April 2016.
BCGS – 929 FC/YGT V2#1 2016

Several articles on genetic genealogy, Lifeliner, Genealogical Society of Riverside, California, November 2015.
BCGS – 979.4 LIF V51 #1 Nov’15

Oxfordshire Surnames…DNA Project, pp. 48-53, Oxfordshire Family Historian, April 2014.
BCGS – 942.57 OFHS V28#1 Apr’14

Several articles in Archaeology section, History Scotland, January/February 2016.

Understanding Relationship Predictions Based on Shared DNA by Blaine T. Bettinger, pp. 42-45, APG Quarterly, March 2016.

What is a Haplogroup by Diahan Southard, p 26, Your Genealogy Today, Jan/Feb 2016. BCGS – 929 FC V1#6 2016

Too Few Sources to Solve a Family Mystery? Thomas W. Jones, pp. 85-103, NGS Quarterly, June 2015. *See also Editor’s Corner
BCGS – 929 NGSQ V103 #2 Jun’15

Top 10 Discoveries of 2015, Archaeology, January/February 2016.

Genetic Surprises at Age 77 by Christopher C. Child, pp. 54-59, American Ancestors, Spring 2015.
BCGS – 974 NEA V16#2 2015

An Extraordinary Victory for DNA by Israel Pickholtz, pp. 14-16, Journal of One-Name Studies, April-June 2016.