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 Tours – Fall 2015

BCGS-Library-BuildingThe BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey is offering tours of the Library with Alice Marwood on the following dates.

All interested are welcome.

Visitors to the BCGS Library have access to over 16,000 worldwide publication titles, as well as records on microfilm and fiche, tapes and CDs, on-line databases and unique genealogical research resources for British Columbia and other areas.

Tour Dates

September 8, 2015, Tuesday – from 10 am to noon.

October 8, 2015, Thursday – from 1 to 3 pm.

November 21, 2015, Saturday – from 10 am to noon.

December 8, 2015, Tuesday – from 10 am to noon.

Telephone: 604 502 9119
Library Location: Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Regular hours -Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 10am – 3pm year round. Closed holiday weekends.

For more BCGS Library information, see these web pages:
BCGS Walter Draycott Library
BCGS Library Catalogues

BCGS Editor’s Chat, Sept 30, 2015

News and views on genealogy, especially in British Columbia. The chat is coming up Wednesday, 30 September, at 7 pm, Pacific time, right here at www.bcgs.ca

Ooops! Somehow I gave the wrong date for the Genealogy Do-Over start – it is this Friday as I said, but Friday 2 Oct. 2015 (not Oct. 9 as I said). Here’s a weblink with all the info: http://ow.ly/SRo7j

BCGS Boutique Maps available as of September 2015

As of September 2015, the BCGS Boutique has the maps in the chart below available. These are all now $5.00 each. Contact the Boutique or ask at a BCGS meeting or event.

There are several different types and series included.

Caledonian Books map series show land masses, contours, landmarks, bodies of water, towns, etc.
David & Charles maps
Discovery Series contour maps show roads, rivers, coasts, etc. Legend in English and 3 other languages.
Godfrey maps show property lines and owners, streets, rails, elevation, buildings.
Landranger maps
Phoenix maps show coasts, rivers, lakes, land cover, roads, railways, canals, large buildings and clustered settlements, counties, baronies, and parishes.
Survey maps show property boundaries and owners, roads, railways, buildings, rivers, coasts, some land use, some shaded contours.

BCGS Boutique - Maps available as of Sept. 2015

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2 Caledonian Books Scotland Dumfries & Galloway 3.0000 Stranraer, including Cairn Ryan, Drummore, Kirkcolm, Kirkmaiden, Mull of Galloway, New Luce, Port Logan, Port Patrick, Sandhead, Stoneykirk 1st ed'n revised to 1896
3 Caledonian Books Scotland Dumfries & Galloway 4.0000 Wigtown, including Creetown, Garliestown, Glunluce, Kirkcowan, Kirinner, Newton Stewart, Port William, Sorbie 1st ed'n revised to 1896
4 Caledonian Books Scotland South Ayrshire 8.0000 Carrick, including Barr, Barrhill, Carsphiarn, Garroch, Glen Trool, Loch Doon, Loch Ochiltree, Penkill 1st ed'n revised to 1896
5 Caledonian Books Scotland Dumfries & Galloway 9.0000 Maxwelltown & Thornhill including Balmaclellan, Carron Bridge, Closeburn, Dalry, Duncow, Glenlee, Loch Ken, Moniave, New Galloway, Springholm 1st ed'n revised to 1896
6 Caledonian Books Scotland Dumfries & Galloway 11.0000 Langholm including Canonbie, Glencartholm, Kirstile, New Castleton 1st ed'n revised to 1896
7 Caledonian Books Scotland Argyll & Bute 12.0000 Campbeltown including Kilkenzie, Mull of Kintyre, Sanda Island, Sgreadan Hill, Southend 1st ed'n revised to 1896
8 Caledonian Books Scotland North Ayrshire 13.0000 Island of Arran including Brodick, Lamlash, Lochranza, Whiting Bay 1st ed'n revised to 1896
9 Caledonian Books Scotland South Lanarkshire 15.0000 Leadhills including Abington, Afton Water, Crawfordjohn, Durisdeer, Kello Water, Kirkconnel, Muirkirk, New Cumnock, Sanquhar, Wanlockhead 1st ed'n revised to 1896
10 Caledonian Books Scotland Argyll & Bute 20.0000 Killean including Ardtalla, Carradale, Clachan, Gigha Island, Glenbarr, Grgport, Saddell 1st ed'n revised to 1896

BCGS Journal Theme – December 2015 – “My Relative Was A ____________”

Our December 2015 theme offers writers a great deal of latitude. Want to write about someone who was a blacksmith or a milliner? Or a suffragette or an orator, a British Home Child, or even a forger or a bigamist?

Any length is acceptable. Journal deadline is November 9, 2015. Please contact the Editor if you have questions or ideas to discuss. editor @ bcgs.ca

The BCGS Research links on this website include Occupations. (If you have new links to suggest for this section, please e-mail webmaster @ bcgs.ca )

To start you off with some ideas, here is Marianne Soltau’s index to a series on ‘Old Occupations’ in the Family Tree Magazine (UK). These magazines are all available in our Library, as are many other related books and articles.

Old Occupations Article Index - Family Tree Magazine (UK)

1 Maltster 01/03/1989
2 Potter 01/04/1989
3 Toll-Gate Keeper 01/05/1989
4 Fisherman 01/06/1989
5 Customs Officer 01/08/1989
6 Strawplaiter 01/10/1989
7 Pugilist 01/12/1989
8 Weaver 01/01/1990
9 Frame Work Knitter (FWK) 01/02/1990
10 Frame Work Knitter (FWK) 01/03/1990

Descendancy and related searches

Selected sources for descendancy research, mainly related to British Columbia.

Genealogical descendancy research is often useful in legal cases, tracing heirs, for example, in genealogical cousin quests, in finding relatives who emigrated to Canada, or in adoption or related searches.

Initial sources could include older birth, marriage and death registrations and censuses, obituaries, certainly cemetery information, city directories, and voters’ lists, and perhaps probate records or land records.

The BC Genealogical Society (BCGS)’s BC Research Committee does offer lookup services for many types of BC records and for BCGS’s unique resources.
For BC Newspapers on-line, see the BCGS Newspaper and Obituaries page
For BC Cemeteries, see the BCGS Cemetery Committee page

Easy Steps to Descendancy Research, 4 min. video/handout, FamilySearch Learning Center lesson: https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/easy-steps-to-descendancy-research/877

Descendancy Research, 40 min. video, FamilySearch Learning Center lesson: https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/descendancy-research/568

BC Vital Statistics Agency.

Historical birth, marriage and death registration records are indexed and available on-line at both the BC Archives and FamilySearch websites. Neither website has all the records, so you may need to search both.
BC Archives, Genealogy: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/basicSearch
FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1929958?region=Canada&englishRegion=Canada
Contact the BC Vital Statistics Agency for information on obtaining more recent documents and for adoption records: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/vital-statistics
Adoption Records: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/vital-statistics/births-adoptions/adoptions/adoption-records

BC Adoption Reunion Registry: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/adoption/reunion/
Adoption Reunion Registry Stories: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/adoption/reunion/reunion_stories.htm

BC Directories to 1955, free at Vancouver Public Library in Online Resources, Local History: http://www.vpl.ca/find/cat/C1000/ The BCGS Library has directories and telephone books – see the BCGS on-line directory catalogue. Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch and other libraries may have directories and telephone books which are not yet on-line. For BC local libraries, see the BCGS BC Public Libraries page

1921 Canadian Census, indexed. Free at Ancestry.ca: http://www.ancestry.ca/1921census

1901/1911 Canada census, also 1906 Canadian prairies census, Indexed; free, Automated Genealogy: http://www.automatedgenealogy.com/

Canadian national voters’ lists, 1936-1980. $ Ancestry.com. The BCGS Library and some local libraries may offer free access to Ancestry Library Edition: www.ancestry.ca Regional and local archives may have provincial and civic voters’ lists. See MemoryBC for contact details for archival repositories in BC and to search for record descriptions.

Forget Me Not Society: www.adoptioncircles.net

Adoptive Families Association of BC:

Parent Finders: www.parentfindersottawa.ca

DNA and adoption research, Richard Hill. Richard Hill is the author of Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA (2012) and Guide to DNA Testing: How to Identify Ancestors, Confirm Relationships, and Measure Ethnic Ancestry through DNA Testing (2014): www.DNA-testing-advisor.com

DNAAdoption – “A team of knowledgeable genealogists, citizen scientists, geneticists and IT professionals” offering information, advice and on-line classes to anyone looking for “unknown ancestors”: http://www.dnaadoption.com/

Yukon man obtains citizenship despite no birth certificate, May 22, 2015, City News: http://www.citynews.ca/2015/05/22/decades-long-citizenship-battle-ends-for-yukon-man-whos-now-officially-canadian/