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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 – January 11th, 2017 – 7:30 pm Burnaby


Vintage New Year’s postcard, courtesy of Dave, riptheskull, at Flickr. (CC BY-ND 2.0).

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The speaker will be Peter Claydon.

Peter’s topic will be the newly released GRO (United Kingdom – England and Wales) database searches that include mother’s surnames prior to 1911 and ages of death prior to 1878. He will include how to search as well as problems in searching and database errors. Peter will make use of internet access for this talk and he will take us through the actual online database.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

If you have not already renewed, or would like to join the BCGS, please see the Membership Committee at the meeting, or you may renew or join and pay on-line at the BCGS Membership page.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Coming up this month at the BCGS Library

Tuesday, 24 Jan. 2017, the Legacy Family Tree software group meets from 1-3 pm.

Saturday, 28 Jan 2017, The First Nations group meets from 1-3 pm. Please let Alice Marwood know if you plan to attend – 604 582-1548.

BCGS Library – 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

BCGS Mailed Renewals – please check the postal code

Some may have received BCGS Application or Renewal forms with an incorrect BCGS postal code.

The mailing address of the Society is:

P.O. Box 88054,
Lansdowne Mall,
Richmond, BC, CANADA
V6X 3T6

If you’d like to pay on-line instead of mailing your renewal or application, please go to our Membership page to pay with PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account.

If you have any questions, please e-mail the BCGS at webmaster@bcgs.ca

BCGS Christmas Social – Dec. 14, 2016 in Burnaby


The BCGS Christmas Social is December 14th, 2016, 7:30 pm – merriment and holiday treats! Pick up your winter reading at the paperback book sale and this year, participate in our first BCGS Silent Auction. Have fun, pickup a present for someone (or yourself) and help raise some money for our Society.

The BCGS’s Most Improved Genealogist(s) for 2016 will be announced too!

Our speaker will be Kim Burkhardt, co-author of Rising from Obscurity: Harriet Susannah Ellis.

All interested are welcome to come. Free. Refreshments.

Donations of treats for the refreshment table and books for the paperback sale are welcome.

Location: Danish Lutheran Church, Lower Hall, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

“…as Difficult to Forget the War as to Forget Life Itself” by Beatrice S. Nasmyth, 1915

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit-London-1914

The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit at the Tower of London, which consisted of 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British and colonial deaths. Photographer Andrew Davidson (English Wikipedia) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

“Proximity of Zeppelins, Hospitals, Red Cross Trains, Wounded Canadians and Funerals of Fallen Heroes Make It as Difficult to Forget the War as to Forget Life Itself” by Beatrice S. Nasmyth, The Daily Province, Vancouver, BC, Saturday, 4 September 1915, page 14.

London, Aug. 29 [1915]—“Just to prove it can be done,” said I to myself yesterday, “I am going to forget for a whole day that there is such a thing as a war. I’ll buy no papers, read no posters, talk only about the weather and the flower show, think only about the happy side of life.”

A beautiful thought with which to sally forth on a bright morning. So I wended my way towards Victoria street thinking how blue was the sky and distaining to analyze the numerous unheavenly odors that greeted me from the street stalls opening up for the day’s business.

It requires concentration, of course,” I reminded myself, struck suddenly by the smell of decaying fish, “but one can always rise above sordid circumstances.” And as I looked up with this thought like a serene refutation there floated across my vision of sky a big black dirigible, very high up and pointing westward. Everybody else on the street was “looking up” too, many anxiously, and I heard the word “Zeppelin” on several lips and on others the ridiculing laugh. But not to be inveigled into thinking of war by this monster warscout I lowered my eyes battling against curiosity, although aircraft are a frequent enough sight here and hastened around the corner.
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BCGS General Meeting – Nov 9, 2016 in Burnaby – Remembrance

Canadian-Korean-War-Memorial-Burnaby-BC. Photographer, Marvin Millis

The Canadian Korean War Memorial, Central Park, Burnaby, BC. Photographer, Marvin Millis.

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Our guest speaker will be Fred Hazell whose presentation will feature
military memorabilia.

Remember this is the last day to enter the BCGS ‘Most Improved Genealogist’ competition.

The BCGS Boutique will be there too with genealogy books, aids and novelties. Shop for Christmas now.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Fall 2016 Events include:

November 15th – Geoff Doherty and Marg Doherty from Brisbane, Australia will speak on Australian Research, 1 to 3 p.m. at the LDS Surrey Stake Location, 6270 – 126th Street, Surrey, BC. Co-sponsored by the BC Genealogical Society and The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. Free. Please pre-register; space is limited. Contact Jeannie Vance at surreyfhc@gmail.com or phone 604-597-9695 and leave your name and #.

November 18th – Genealogy Fair. Free; 2-4 pm. In partnership with the British Columbia Genealogical Society, the Jewish Genealogical Society of British Columbia and Klahanie Research Ltd.
West Vancouver Library, 1950 Marine Dr., West Vancouver, B.C. V7V 1J8
Website: https://westvanlibrary.ca/events/genealogy-fair#sthash.t6MvmHhF.dpuf

November 26th – Family History Show & Tell in the morning 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Free. bring in your own creations or historic items – anything that tells a story: quilts, scrapbooks, digital collages, historic home movie clips or unusual family artifacts. Visit, display your family treasures, or show and tell the story (ten minutes maximum).

Also November 26th – in the afternoon, Collectors’ Show & Tell, 1:00-2:00 PM. Free. Display what you collect (register now), or just come by to view.

Both events at Cloverdale Library. Register in person at the Library, or call 604-598-7327, or email familyhistory@surrey.ca 5642 – 176A St., Surrey, BC V3S 4G9
Website: http://www.surreylibraries.ca/programs-services/4815.aspx

December 3rd – from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., an informal BCGS Library Open House to socialize with BCGS members. Free.

December 14th – BCGS Christmas Social – merriment and holiday treats! Meet the BCGS’s Most Improved Genealogist for 2017!
The speaker will be Kim Burkhardt, co-author of Rising from Obscurity: Harriet Susannah Ellis.
All interested are welcome to come. Free.
The evening will also include the ever popular paperback book sale and our first ever BCGS Silent Auction. Donations for the auction are welcome. Please contact the President, Rob Whitlock, as soon as possible.

Check the BCGS Calendar for other events.