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

Was a relative on the Hector to Nova Scotia in 1773?

“BBC Scotland is on the lookout for Scottish-Canadians and Scottish-Americans descended from those on the ship the Hector. On September 15th 1773, the vessel landed at Brown’s Point in Pictou in Nova Scotia. The tired three-masted cargo vessel had almost not made it, overcoming terrible sickness and epic sea storms. But when the 189 Highlanders disembarked, it would change Canada forever. The Hector was the first ship to directly transport passengers from Scotland to Nova Scotia. The historic voyage marked the beginning of a massive wave of immigration that would shape the future of North America.”

Contact the BBC’s programme’s researcher, Nadine Lee, directly by e-mail: nadine.lee02@bbc.co.uk or by phone +0044 1224 384 816.

This information via Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University.

BCGS General Meeting, Wed., August 10, 2016 in Burnaby.

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 10 August 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The Bylaws Committee will review their work and group discussion on some proposed changes will follow.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

After the business portion, George Caldwell will host a Scottish Group session.

Update, August 8: If you had a relative on the Hector in 1773, see today’s note at bcgs.ca

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Fall 2016 Events include:

Sat., Sept. 10th – English Group Coffee Chat; 1-3 pm, BCGS Library.

Wed., Sept. 14th – BCGS Harvest Supper and General Meeting.

Fri./Sat., Sept. 16th and 17th – UEL Dedication and Open House, BCGS Library.

Sat. Oct. 15th – Finding Your Roots Seminar, all day.

Sat. Oct. 29th – BCGS-Cloverdale Library Brickwalls 3 Seminar and Consultations. Tickets available soon from BCGS.

Oct. – BCGS Salt Lake City research trips.

BC Day! Remember those long ago road trips?

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One of the many hidden gems in the BCGS Library is this booklet celebrating the opening of the Hope-Princeton Highway in 1949. I think we often forget how hard transportation to and from BC’s interior was not so long ago and how much of a difference some of these early projects made to towns along the routes.

“British Columbia Presents the Hope-Princeton Highway, November 2nd, 1949” includes messages from the Premier, Byron Johnson, and Minister of Finance, Herbert Anscomb,and the Minister of Public Works, Ernest Carson, but also photos of BC’s Chief Engineer, the various project engineers, and the main construction and paving contractors, as well as these maps, a bit of history of the area, and statistics about the project which include the Princeton to Kaleden Highway. (asphalt – 2,720,000 gal.!)

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Hope-Princeton Highway at opening, 1949

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British Columbia Highways in lower BC, 1949

“British Columbia Presents the Hope-Princeton Highway, November 2nd, 1949” published by the British Columbia Government Travel Bureau, Department of Trade and Industry [1949]. BCGS Library Call # 971.14 B.C. Gov.

Have a look at this Royal BC Museum video for more history about the Highway, “This Week In History Season 3 Episode 9 – Hope Princeton Highway”.

United States research – Library Week 2016

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Early USA genealogy books, including “The Great Migration” series.

The United States combined handout by Judith Ueland is available here. (.pdf)

The United States book display today illustrated the variety of books and journals available at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library. Many visitors are surprised how much there is for the USA.

Some areas, like New England, are particularly well covered as are topics like immigration, land records, and certain populations, for instance, Palatines and Swedes.

One visitor just said she will “camp out” in the New England aisle on her next all day visit. Do check the BCGS Library catalogues to see what is here for your areas of interest.

Did you know? – if you are a BCGS member most of our books can be borrowed by mail. Contact the BCGS Library by e-mail via bcgs@bcgs.ca or call 604 502 9119 to arrange loans.

The Library subscribes to both Ancestry Library Edition and American Ancestors on-line databases which are strong for US records. And the Library also holds journals and newsletters for both the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the National Genealogical Society. These are both filled with great US research articles.

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North Dakota books, BCGS Library

Ireland – Library Week 2016

In Tuesday’s Irish research session, we shared the names and places associated with our Irish families and discussed a number of possible strategies. Ireland is often a ‘problem area’. Collecting as much information, even faint clues, to Irish locations is vital. This sometimes means back tracking your research or re-analyzing the records you’ve found previously.

One person in the group had lots of information as a relative has done a book on her Irish family. We were envious! But in a good way, of course.

Another is searching for information on a relative who was said to have attended university in Ireland. So far no records have been found, but a new idea was to search newspapers, for instance, the Irish newspaper collection on-line at in Find My Past.

The BCGS Library has a very good Irish research collection. This includes publications from Irish societies and researchers. As well, as many publications as possible on Irish emigrants and emigration are part of the Library. And we have a dedicated Irish resource – the Irish Lending Library too. Search our Library’s catalogues to see what we have.

We had a good look at the BCGS website’s Research Links for Ireland. Don’t forget to check the links in the UK and Northern Ireland sections too. The National Archives of the UK has good research advice and records too.

Ireland Reaching Out is certainly a favourite site. You really need to know the Irish parish your family lived in, and once you post a specific post in the parish forum area, you will likely get some help.

And we will be expanding the Links for specific places in Ireland. Cork, Past and Present, for example, was highly recommended. One BCGS member found information there in the “Places” section that clinched a relationship – providing a definitive link between Ireland and Canada. Nice! Exploring this whole site is a must if your family lived in this area.

By the way, we did discover one website had moved. The new address, once found, will be added. If you find broken links on bcgs.ca please report them to webmaster@bcgs.ca We are happy to hear from readers!

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Mary Jane Moffatt and James Irwin, both born County Cavan, Ireland