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

Welcome to BCGS Library Week – 2016



Anyone interested is invited to come to the library this week, bring your family history information and questions – the volunteers will attempt to assist you.

SUNDAY, July 17th – OPEN HOUSE – 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Refreshments.

MONDAY TO SATURDAY, July 18th to 23rd – Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM each day.

1:00 pm – EUROPEAN RESEARCH -Brenda Smith; M. Diane Rogers & other members





1:00 PM – DNA AND GENEALOGY – M. Diane Rogers

Special databases available free, MyHeritage and Quebec Genealogy and PRDH, in addition to Ancestry Library Edition and American Ancestors.

For more information about Library Week, see the BCGS Library Week page.

Address: BCGS Walter Draycott Library – 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC
Telephone: 604 502 9119

For more information about the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, and a map, see the main Library page.

We will be posting information daily about Library resources during the week.

The fun Wordsift above which reflects some of the BCGS Library’s holdings is courtesy of Wordsift 2.

BCGS Canada Group – British Columbia Research

Here are the links to newer and useful British Columbia websites and news mentioned at the Canada Group’s July meeting.



In partnership with the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, the Museum sponsored consultations in June, 2016 in Abbotsford and Prince George with members of BC’s Punjabi communities – a “first step in the creation of a provincial Punjabi legacy project that preserves and shares community history”.

Latest version of the Museum’s e-newsletter, Curious, is on Chinese Legacy Initiatives.

If you are or might be related to Captain James Cook – his wife Elizabeth Batt’s dessert china set was recently acquired from the City of Victoria.

The Museum’s Transcribe web project launched in 2015 – http://transcribe.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

And the Museum’s (rotating) 100 Objects of Interest website. From John Lennon’s limousine, a yellow bellied sea snake, Vancouver Island treaties, a Harlequin romance, a flapper dress, a Kwagu’ł ceremonial curtain by Mungo Martin, to Yukon Joe’s diary (1946-1961).

About the Royal BC Museum
The Royal BC Museum explores the province’s human history and natural history, advances new knowledge and understanding of BC, and provides a dynamic forum for discussion and a place for reflection. The museum and archives celebrate culture and history, telling the stories of BC in ways that enlighten, stimulate and inspire. Looking to the future, the Royal BC Museum will be a refreshed, modern museum, extending its reach far beyond Victoria as a world-class cultural venue and repository of digital treasures.


Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project, University of Victoria and the BC Museums Ass’n.: https://ccap.uvic.ca/index.php/

See also The West Beyond the West: http://westbeyondthewest.ca/ and Memory BC: http://www.memorybc.ca/


British Columbia History, 1923-2007 – issues of this BC Historical Federation publication are on-line free: http://www.bchistory.ca/british-columbia-history/

Open Collections, University of BC. Historical books, photographs, BC newspapers: https://open.library.ubc.ca/ See also UBC Circle for publications of UBC personnel and partners. Includes theses and dissertations: http://www.uvic.ca/library/featured/collections/index.php

Facebook Genealogy Groups:

Genealogical and Historical Groups / Pages on Facebook (in English). This is a “267-page PDF List of 9,000+ Genealogy Links on Facebook”, updated May 2016, by Katherine R. Willson: https://socialmediagenealogy.com/resources/

BCGS General Meeting – July 13, 2016 – BC and Computer Groups meet


The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby. Meeting location – printable map and directions

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Group sessions after the meeting will be:

Canadian Interest Group: British Columbia with M. Diane Rogers

Computer Interest Group: with Peter Claydon and Eunice Robinson

Shown in the 1933 photograph above are some Vancouver Sun newspaper boys in New Westminster.

This vintage Stuart Thomson photograph has been digitally colourized by Mark Truelove of Canadian Colour. View both the original and the new version at the Canadian Colour website.

Mark is a family historian from British Columbia who wants to bring the past to life. Learn more about him in this Radio Canada International interview with Wojtek Gwiazda. Like the Canadian Colour Facebook page too to see his newest work.

Original photograph, Vancouver Sun Service Department No. 41 hut and carriers, at 12th and Nanaimo, New Westminster, BC, Canada, 1933, courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives: AM1535-: CVA 99-4378; photographer Stuart Thomson. Colourized version courtesy of Mark Truelove, Canadian Colour

Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Predecessors

Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police History and Genealogy

“What a Year 1920 Was” (RNWNP, Dominion Police, the new RCMP), RCMP Veterans’ Assn.: http://www.rcmpveteransvancouver.com/what-a-year-1920-was-for-the-force/

Federal records, digitized microfilm – Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police, RCMP. Héritage (Canadiana.org): http://heritage.canadiana.ca/

North West Mounted Police – Personnel Records, 1873-1904, database, Library and Archives Canada: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/nwmp-personnel-records/pages/north-west-mounted-police.aspx

Defending the Law: The North-West Mounted Police, 1873-1920, HistoricPlaces.ca: http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/pages/45_rcmp_grc.aspx

“Without Fear, Favour or Affection”: The Men of the North West Mounted Police, archived exhibit, Library and Archives Canada: https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/nwmp-pcno/index-e.html

Sir Sam Steele Collection: http://steele.library.ualberta.ca/explore

RCMP Heritage Centre: http://www.rcmpheritagecentre.com/home/exhibits

RCMP Obituary Index, RCMP Quarterly, 1933-1989, Saskatchewan Genealogical Society: http://saskgenealogy.com/databases/public_databases/RCMP_Obituary_Index.pdf

RCMP Quarterly – a BCGS volunteer is indexing articles of interest from the BCGS Library collection of RCMP Quarterly journals. This index is being published in The British Columbia Genealogist and is available in the Library. The BCGS Library is interested in filling in gaps in the collection. The Quarterly began in 1933. Since 1999, it has been the official magazine of the RCMP Veterans’ Association.

See also The Officer Down Memorial Page for officers killed in the line of duty:(Canada) http://canada.odmp.org/