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

Happy New Year to all genealogists!

Vintage-New-Year-Countdown There are many opportunities for genealogists coming up in 2016 in British Columbia, including participating in the BC Genealogical Society regular General Meetings, the first for 2016 on January 13th, writing for and reading our quarterly journal, hearing BCGS speakers and sharing research in special interest group sessions, furthering personal research at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, and attending the annual BCGS Seminar, April 30th with Chris Paton, and enjoying the annual Book Awards and Strawberry Tea, and the Harvest Supper in September. We look forward to hearing from BCGS members and friends and meeting them at activities and events throughout the year.

May your 2016 be filled with ancestors – and the sounds of those family history brick walls breaking down.

BC Genealogical Society receives LAC DHCP grant – The BCGS Pedigree Chart project

The British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) is pleased, indeed excited, to announce to members and friends of the Society that we were successful in our application for a Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Documentary Heritage Community Programme (DHCP) grant for 2015-2016 – Funded by the Government of Canada / Financé par le gouvernement du Canada.

This grant programme is a new on-going (5 year) initiative meant for organizations and institutions without government funding, and those eligible included “archives, privately funded libraries, historical societies, genealogical organizations/societies, professional associations and museums with an archival component”.

We were pleased to see genealogical societies listed among the eligible groups. Sixty-five DHCP projects received grants, including one from the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society.

The DHCP grants are intended to:

“Increase access to, and awareness of Canada’s local documentary heritage institutions and their holdings; and
– Increase the capacity of local documentary heritage institutions to better sustain and preserve Canada’s documentary heritage.”

Since our beginnings in 1971, British Columbia Genealogical Society members and others have contributed their family history research to the Society to ensure both its preservation and access to all interested researchers.

The oldest parts of this unique collection, known as the BCGS Pedigree Chart collection, consists of pedigree charts, trees and family information sheets which are held in the BCGS Library. Many of the documents were handwritten in pen or pencil; various sizes and types of paper were used; some are now fading or otherwise deteriorating. Interestingly, the worst are often those printed on early computer printers.

These charts have never been copied, although volunteers have indexed all the family names on the documents.

With this DHCP grant to the BC Genealogical Society these documents are being scanned professionally. The original documents then will be stored for preservation purposes, and the scans will be available to researchers at the BCGS Library and on the BCGS website.

At the first BC Genealogical Society meeting of 2016, Wednesday, January 13, there will be a presentation outlining the project and inviting members and others to add their family information to this overall collection for future researchers use, but now electronically.

The January 13, 2016 BCGS General Meeting will start at 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby, BC. See a printable map of the meeting location.

Watch for more news about this project.
BCGS printable blank Pedigree Chart (.pdf)

The British Columbia Genealogist – December 2015 issue

Thank you to those commenting on the journal at last night’s meeting. Glad you read and enjoy it!

Thank you to all our authors who participated in our recent article challenge – “My Ancestor Was A __________” I loved the articles, each with such a different take on the theme. As promised, there will be a prize draw – watch for that in January.

As a followup to some of the December 2015 journal articles

Home Children – Library and Archives Canada just today published a “Guide to Sending Organizations and Receiving Homes”, but apparently it’s still not public. Instead follow this link Home Children: 1869-1930 to LAC’s many resources for Home Child research. The Guide should be linked there very soon.
Check out Library and Archives Canada’s Blog too.

And this BCGS website section: British Home Children; British Child Migrants

Vancouver Province long term subscribers, 1929 – Follow the link to this new index on the BCGS website – over 2700 names from around British Columbia.

Australian marriages 1850’s/1860s – This index A-Z will be available in the Members’ Only area by next week.

And remember those Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions

As, President Rob said – Back up, Back up! Here is our Backup Your Genealogy! – and Cloud Storage resource section.

And think seriously about what will happen to your genealogy ‘when you’re gone’. Here’s our section of links to articles and templates you can use for Genealogical Legacies, Codicils, and Related Resources

And links to a few Upcoming BCGS Events and Activities

The BCGS 2016 Seminar with Chris Paton, 30 April, [Location now Richmond – 1/2016], BC. Tickets would make great Christmas presents!

Bring A Friend Membership Contest

BCGS Christmas Social – Dec. 9, 2016 in Burnaby, BC

Christmas-cookies

The BCGS Christmas Social is Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 7:30 pm in Burnaby, BC.

Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a printable map of the meeting location.

Seasonal refreshments, 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 BCGS membership for 2016 right now on-line or at the meeting or by mail. Don’t forget to enter our BCGS Bring-A-Friend Contest too. Bring your friend to the Christmas Social!