BCGS 2013 Family History Book Awards

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The British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Book Awards for 2013 were awarded on June 11th, 2014 in Burnaby, BC. The three winning authors were:

First – Evelyn Sangster Benson for A Century In A Small Town: One Family’s Stories (Westminster Publishing).

Second – Mack Bryson for A Cowboy’s Life: Memories of a Western Cowboy in an Empire of Grass (Friesen Press).

Third – Tom Lymbery for Tom’s Gray Creek, A Kootenay Lake Memoir, Part I: Early Years to 1945 (Gray Creek Publishing).

Nine books were submitted for consideration. Three of the authors were present; each gave a short reading from their book. Those present were all very impressed with the presentations, and the authors had an opportunity to sell their books. The authors present were Evelyn Sangster Benson, Mack Bryson and Ruth Derksen Siemens.

The evening ended with time to talk to each of the authors. All enjoyed strawberry shortcake, a feature of the evening.

Evelyn_Sangster_Benson-June2014-BCGS_Book_AwardsEvelyn Sangster Benson, June 2014, BCGS Family History Book Awards evening.

Ruth_Derksen_Siemens-June2013-BCGS_Book_AwardsRuth Derksen Siemens, June 2014, BCGS Family History Book Award evening.

Mack_Bryson-June2014-BCGS_Book_AwardsMack Bryson, June 2014, BCGS Family History Book Award evening.

The British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Book Award is awarded annually to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia families. For more information, see the BCGS Family History Award page or contact the Award Chair, Alice Marwood – Phone: 604 582 1548  E-mail: amarwood @ shaw.ca

Photographs courtesy Elizabeth Christie.

Mitochondrial DNA test on sale – only to April 1, 2014

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FamilyTree DNA will have its Full Sequence Mitochondrial (MtDNA) Test (or upgrades) on sale for a few days only, starting 28 March 2014.

Genetic genealogist CeCe Moore has an article today about this which includes some thoughts on benefits of MtDNA testing for genealogists.  Continue reading

BCGS Research Tip – February 2014

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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.

BCGS Research Tip – January 2014

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The BCGS Members’ Tip for January 1st, 2014 is:  Automate many of your searches.

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What better time than New Year’s to add more Internet search power to your genealogy tool kit. For years, many have entered their key surnames and place names into Google Alerts and kept an eye out for incoming e-mails with links to mentions of these on the web. Google Alerts still functions, but not as well as it did, so I’m now also trying out Talkwalker Alerts – another free service, although not perhaps quite as comprehensive.

If you haven’t used a service like this before for your genealogy searches, it’s easy. You will need to give an e-mail address. (I use a more private one for this type of service.)  Choose some of your more unique surnames and enter each as alert key words. I do not suggest entering very common surnames unless you can also enter a less common place name along with the surname. I’d get far too few useful results entering just ADAMS, for instance, but “ADAMS” and “Shipham Somerset” gets me results.

Editor’s Chat – 25 Nov 2013

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Join the monthly BCGS Editor’s Chat Monday, November 25th, at 7 pm PST.

Ask a question about Canadian genealogy, the BCGS journal or website, one of our BCGS projects, or about BC genealogy, or comment on worldwide genealogy news or a find. During the chats, it’s easy to add links and photos for others to see.

This is a text chat right here on the main BCGS.ca home page; no software or headphones are needed. You will be able to type your own message without registering, but if you RSVP / register ahead of time, you will be identified clearly (and you can use an avatar/image to identify yourself).

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Comment on New Genealogy Roadshow Program

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Very light on substance – more or less provides conclusions to research that takes place off-show. In several cases conclusion as simple as “you are not related to this person”. Participants pre-submit information and it is generally presented at location of televised show. Show format seems to drive level of information provided. Not much opportunity for learning about genealogical research, even for beginners.