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

Descendancy Research session – Jan. 19, 2015 – Surrey BC

Note: NEW time and day – Monday, January 19th, 2015  10 – 11:30 AM

Topic: Descendancy Research with Jeannie Vance

Learn how to find more of the descendants of your ancestors using Familysearch Family Tree Puzzilla. This is a good course for people who already have several generations of ancestors in FS Family Tree.

Location: Surrey Family History Center, 6270 – 126th St., Surrey, BC. Access to the Family History Center is at the south entrance of the Surrey Stake LDS Church building. Please press the Door Bell located to the left of the double door to gain access.

Pre-registration is not required but is preferred. E-mail: surreyfhc@gmail.com or call the Center at 604-597-9695 and leave your name and number.

Surrey Family History Center website: http://www.findingyourroots.ca

BCGS Walter Draycott Library – Holiday and Snow Closures

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will close for the holidays from 3 pm, Saturday December 20th, 2014, and reopens at 10 am Saturday, January 3, 2015.

BCGS members may take home circulating books and journals to read so come in this week with your holiday genealogy and family history reading list or browse the shelves for new items.

 

And please remember, if it snows any time, the Library is closed. Call to confirm if in doubt – 604 502 9119.

The Gold Stripe – post WWI – British Columbia, Canada

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The Gold Stripe, Volume 3, 1919 Title page. Soldier – illustration by Albert Udon.

 

The Gold Stripe, a compilation of articles, stories, illustrations, photographs and poetry, was published in 3 volumes just after World War I as a “tribute to the British Columbia men who have been killed, crippled and wounded in the Great War” and to raise money for the Amputation Club of British Columbia.  Publication years were: Volume 1, 1918; Volume 2, 1919;  Volume 3, 1919.

Most Gold Stripe articles and stories, and a great number of the illustrations were by British Columbians. Some articles are about the war; some are about soldiers and their families and friends trying to reestablish themselves after the war. Continue reading

BCGS Christmas Social – Dec. 10, 2014 in Burnaby BC

The BCGS Christmas Social is Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:30 pm in Burnaby.
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Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Seasonal refreshments, members’ displays, entertainment and the popular annual BCGS pocket book sale.

Donations of both holiday goodies and of paperback books for the book sale will be appreciated.

Please renew your membership for 2015 right now on-line or at the meeting or by mail.

About the photograph -This shows “Climbers at Mount Resplendent”, British Columbia, Canada in 1913. Byron Harmon postcard. Courtesy Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Mount Resplendent is southeast of the Robson Glacier in Mount Robson Provincial Park and was first climbed by Byron Harmon and Conrad Kain in 1911. Byron Harmon was a well known Western Canadian photographer and Conrad Kain, an accomplished mountaineer and guide.

Learn more about Byron Harmon and see more of his photographs at his grand daughter’s website Byron Harmon Photos and see the Conrad Kain Centennial Society website for a biography of Conrad Kain.