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 Research Tip – June 2014

This month’s British Columbia Genealogical Society’s research tip is:

Don’t always search ‘the same old way’ on every genealogical website.

Both speakers at the BCGS seminar last month had specific tips for searching some of the websites they discussed. For example, don’t always use that attractive ‘just enter your name’ search box. Check to see if there is an advanced search facility which will let you focus your search in certain collections, or on certain media, for instance, only in digitized documents or images.

And if you see search terms you’re not familar with, don’t hesitate to look for help. For example, the use of ‘Boolean’ search operators may be mentioned or recommended. Here’s a look at these – “What Does Boolean Search Mean” by Wendy Boswell, About.com.

BCGS Legacy Family Tree software Group

BCGS Legacy Group – Notes for the 27 May 2014 meeting

The next Legacy Family Tree – Virtual User’s Group Meeting is Friday, 11 July, 2014. Register here: http://www.familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=233

The first one was 2 May and a panel from Legacy (Millennia) staff presented favourite features. Both the video and handout are available free on-line.

Many tips were shared during that meeting, including a new feature in Legacy 8 – the ‘Who Was Alive On…’ tool –  Continue reading

Tonight’s Editor’s Chat cancelled

I’m very sorry, but tonight’s Editor’s Chat has had to be cancelled due to technical difficulties. Later I will post some of the news I had to share here. If you have genealogy news about events, website, recent issues – anything genealogical – you can include it in a comment here by replying to this posting.

See you here next month, 23 June 2014 at 7 pm.

Victoria becames British Columbia’s capital, 1868

News of the Queen’s Birthday from Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, 1868.

“The annual races which are held on the 24th came off on Monday the 25th, in consequence of the Queen’s birthday falling on Sunday. The races on Beacon Hill were the most largely and generally attended of any which have hitherto taken place on Vancouver Island, over 1,5000 persons being present. The day was fine and pleasant….”

The same issue of the British Colonist reporting on the holiday horse races included the text of the Proclamation declaring Victoria the Capital of the United Colony of British Columbia. “There was no official ceremony used on the occasion, the Proclamation being posted at the High Sheriff’s office and othe public places in the city.”

The British Colonist, Tuesday morning, 26 May, 1868, page 2.