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 at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 2014

Here’s a look at the BC Genealogical Society St. Patrick’s Day Parade group. Lots of music and dancing and bagpipes. We were very lucky really with the weather for CelticFest Vancouver this year – never too cold, only a little bit of drizzle (and no snow!).

BCGS CelticFest Group - 2014

BCGS Group Marching - CelticFest 2014Here we are marching on Howe Street about midway.

BCGS & UELAC groupWe marched right behind our friends, the Vancouver Branch of the United Empire Loyalists of Canada. Here’s a group photo of most parade members from both groups. And yes, as you can see, a good time was had by all!

I know the British Isles Family HIstory Society of Greater Ottawa was in Ottawa’s parade. John D. Reid has photos of the BIFHSGO group on his Anglo-Celtic Connections blog.  Which other Canadian genealogical groups took part in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Please do comment.

BCGS in CelticFest Parade, Vancouver, March 16, 2014

CelticFest 2014

Watch for the British Columbia Genealogical Society in Vancouver’s 10th CelticFest Parade, Sunday, 16 March 2014. The parade starts at 11 am, beginning at Howe and Davie, and following along Howe to Georgia, finishing up at Granville and Georgia. (BCGS marchers will meet at Howe and Drake at 10 am.)

Catch the free entertainment at the Celtic Village & Street Market on Granville Street and Robson Square in downtown Vancouver all weekend. For full details of CelticFest events, many of them free, see the CelticFest Vancouver website.

Federation of Family History Societies – Celebrating 40th Anniversary

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The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year.  The FFHS now serves 180 national, regional, local genealogical and family history and one-name study societies around the world, including the BC Genealogical Society, a long time member.

The FFHS has recently published the 2014 version of its free “Really Useful Information Leaflet” which, as this year is the Centennial of the start of World War I, features an article on “Researching Your [British] World War One Ancestors” by Simon Fowler and a list of useful websites for WW I research.

The leaflet also gives information about all the FFHS’ members with contact details.

There is also an “Australasian Really Useful Information Leaflet”.

BCGS AGM & Wills Research presentation – March 12, 2014

BCGS Annual General Meeting & Wills Research Presentation – March 12, 2014, Burnaby, BC

The BC Genealogical Society Annual General Meeting is Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a location map with directions.

After the AGM, Peter Whitlock will present Using Wills to Link the Generations, demonstrating how you can use Wills to bring together data from other sources, linking the generations together as a family – even between generations that moved many miles from their original ancestral home.

Peter Whitlock has forty-five years of experience with genealogical research. His area of expertise is his Whitlock Family One Name Study and Association.  Peter is a long time BC Genealogical Society member and a Past President.

Refreshments. All interested in genealogy and family history are welcome to attend.

Upcoming event – BCGS Seminar with Audrey Collins from England and Geoff Doherty from Australia, Saturday, 31 May,  2014, in Richmond, BC. See the BCGS 2014 Seminar information here. Tickets available at the BCGS meeting, or through the 2014 BCGS Seminar webpage, or by telephone or mail.

BCGS General Monthly Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church.

BCGS Vancouver Genealogy Group meets March 11, 2014

Vancouver Theatre Row 1951

The BCGS Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group meets Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM.

Location: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver, in the Board Breakout Room on the 7th Floor.

Bring your ideas, questions and latest discoveries. We are a friendly, helpful group.

Anyone interested in genealogy and family history is welcome. Learn more about our group at Vancouver Genealogy group

The photograph above shows a rainy evening image of part of ‘Theatre Row’ on Granville Street in Vancouver, BC in 1951. (North from Nelson Street.) Courtesy of Vancouver Public LIbrary Special Collections, Artray Ltd. photograph, # 81525. Accessed 8 March 2014 on The Commons at Flickr.com.

For more about Artray Ltd. photographs of post World War II Vancouver, see the VPL Artray Photograph Collection: https://www.vpl.ca/artray/index.html

For more about VPL’s historical photograph collections, go to: www.vpl.ca/historicalphotos