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 Feb 12, 2014 General Meeting Reminder

Reminder: The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The group sessions after the general meeting will be:

Canada – Maps & Land Records, Ontario – Judith Ueland

DNA Special Interest Group – Introduction to using charts & an update on what’s new (BigY test, prices, news from RootsTech) – Diane Rogers

UPCOMING EVENTS

Learn about Twitter for Genealogy at the free sessions to be held at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC on:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and/or,

Saturday, February 22, 2014 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Free, but you do need to register ahead of time as space is limited, e-mail Eunice at eunice@dccnet.com till Feb. 14th, or Lorraine, lorraine.irving42@gmail.com after Feb 14th.

And Early Bird priced tickets are for sale now for the May 31st BCGS seminar with Audrey Collins from the National Archives of the UK and Geoff Doherty from Australia. See the details on our BCGS 2014 Seminar page and download the brochure which has more information on the speakers and their topics.

Keep an eye on the BCGS website Calendar as we post information there on all upcoming events as soon as we have details. March 12, 2014 will be the BCGS Annual General Meeting. Speaker: Peter Whitlock on Using Wills to Link the Generations.

BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group meets 11 Feb., 2014

The BCGS Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group meets Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Time: 1:00 PM.

Note a slight change in location for this meeting only.

Location: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver, in the Morris J. Wosk Board Room (not in the Board Breakout Room this time) on the 7th Floor.

Bring your ideas, questions and latest discoveries. We are a friendly, helpful group. Diane R will be just home from the RootsTech 2014 conference and no doubt will have some genealogy news.

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

RootsTech 2014 – free live streaming sessions

The RootsTech 2014 Family History and Technology Conference is Thursday, February 6 to Saturday, February 8th in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

RootsTech 2013 - GeneabloggersTen thousand people will be there, but you can participate from home. Fifteen of the RootsTech sessions will be live streamed – anyone can watch these beginning on Thursday, February 8th, 2014 at RootsTech.org. These sessions are listed below.
The Handouts for the RootsTech sessions are already free to download.

If you are on Facebook or Twitter, watch for the hashtag #RootsTech and #RootsTechFR [French]. Even if you aren’t on Twitter, follow along and/or comment in the BCGS article just below here at bcgs.ca.

BCGS Editor M. Diane Rogers will be at the Conference. She’ll be posting information and updates from the Conference on both Facebook and Twitter [as: mdiane_rogers] and at her own blog, CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane’s Your Aunt.

RootsTech 2014 on Facebook
RootsTech 2014 on Twitter

RootsTech 2013-2Many people will be in Salt Lake City early next week researching at the Family History Library. For example, DearMYRTLE will be broadcasting her regular Mondays with Myrt session from the Family History Library at 8 am Pacific Time..You can watch live or later on Google + or on YouTube.

Here’s the official RootsTech announcement about the streaming sessions and below is the list of sessions being offered to all.

Thursday, February 6

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family from My Couch by Tammy Hepps

1 p.m. to 2 p.m., FamilySearch Family Tree: What’s New and What’s Next by Ron Tanner

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Intro to DNA for Genealogists by James Rader

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Genealogy in the Cloud by Randy Hoffman

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sharing Your Family with Multimedia by Michael LeClerc

Friday, February 7

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Storytelling Super Powers: How to Come Off as Your Family’s Genealogy Hero by David Adelman

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tweets, Links, Pins, and Posts: Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls with Social Media by Lisa Alzo

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.comby Crista Cowen

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Finding Family and Ancestors Outside the USA with New Technologies by Daniel Horowitz

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Do It Yourself Photo Restoration by Ancestry Insider

Saturday, February 8

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Become an iPad Power User by Lisa Louise Cooke

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results by D. Josh Taylor

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., A Beginner’s Guide to Going Paperless by Randy Whited

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History by Tom Taylor

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Five Ways to Do Genealogy in Your Sleep by Deborah Gamble

The photographs above are from RootsTech 2013 GeneaBloggers tour, courtesy of M. Diane Rogers.

RootsTech 2014 on Twitter – follow along right here

Read and comment here on the RootsTech 2014 conversations at Twitter.

Hashtags #RootsTech and #RootsTechFR


BCGS Research Tip – February 2014

The BCGS Members’ Tip for 1st February 2014 is: Scan yourself!

Experienced researchers always tell beginners in genealogy and family history to ‘start with yourself’; work carefully backward so as to ensure you knit each of your families’ generations together’. But starting with yourself means more than collecting a few certificates. Be sure to collect and share your favourite photographs of yourself and your friends and family too. And do let the family know which one(s) are your very favourites.

At Flip Pal’s 52 Suggestions blog this week is a moving video.by Mary V. Danielsen and her article, “The case for photo scanning in estate planning”, pointing out how vital it is to see that the favourite family photos, including those of ourselves, are preserved and easily accessible. As she warns, “A few things happen in the hunt for funeral photos.”

Mary V. Danielsen’s own website is: Documented Legacy

In 2014 Flip Pal.com is hosting a series of “52 Suggestions” for safeguarding documents and photographs. You can catch them all here.