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Genealogy – Israel

Israel Genealogical Society, guides and aids to research, and a list of archives in Israel:

Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA), free articles, databases:

Israel GenWeb:

Israel’s Documented Story, English-language blog of the Israel State Archives (ISA):

Israel State Archives:

Scottish Voices From the West – oral history project launch, April 4, 2012, Vancouver

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On April 4, 2012, in time for Tartan Day (6 April), Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Scottish Studies will launch the first part of the on-line oral history project, “Scottish Voices From the West.”

Join the the launch and demonstration which will coincide with SFU’s Tartan Day Celebration, including piping and fabulous entertainment by the Gaelic Choir and the Vancouver Branch of the Royal Scottish Dance Society, and a short presentation by Dr. Alison Sheridan on the brand new Museum of Scotland.

The launch and celebration will take place Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm in Room 1420 at SFU at Harbour Centre, 515 East Hastings St., Vancouver, BC.

John Oliver High School, 100th Anniversary, Vancouver, BC, 2012

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John Oliver High School (JO) in Vancouver BC celebrates its 100th Anniversary on Friday evening, September 21 and Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the school at 41st and Fraser.

John Oliver High School Band and Orchestra members with instruments, 1932, Vancouver BC CanadaJohn Oliver High School Band and Orchestra members with instruments, 1932, Vancouver BC Canada. No photographer’s name. Private collection.

Among the activities:

Friday night – Meet & Greet and a concert.
Saturday – Boy Scout breakfast, Time Capsule, Guiness Book of Records aerial photo, multicultural lunch, decade rooms, and a homecoming basketball game complete with cheerleaders from the past – and more.

And the Class of ’62 John Oliver, is holding its 50 year reunion on Thursday, September 20.

The new book, The Story of South Vancouver and John Oliver High School will be available.

Arrangements for registration and accommodation, etc. are being worked out. For more information, visit the John Oliver 100th Anniversary Facebook page, see the John Oliver PAC website and the John Oliver Historical Society site.

BCGS 2013 Seminar PayPal Ticket Payments

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Please choose your ticket, make your payment and fill out the BCGS 2013 Seminar on-line registration form below. Thank you.

2013 BCGS Seminar Tickets

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Registration - BCGS April 27, 2013 Seminar with Glenn T. Wright and Lesley Anderson.

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Upcoming Genealogy Courses

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M. Diane Rogers is teaching two courses at Burnaby’s Community Centred College for the Retired – Genealogy 202 – for those beginning or returning to their family history research and – Internet Genealogy – with intensive use of Ancestry Library Edition. Classes begin the week of January 9th, 2012; 8 classes for each course. $45.

See the CCCR website for registration information or call 604 517 8732.


Brenda Smith will be teaching her popular course “Start Searching Your Family History: A Beginners’ Workshop in Five Lessons” at Maple Ridge Library on Sunday afternoons from late January to March. Dates:  Sundays, 1:00 to 4:00pm, January 22, February 5 and 19, March 4 and 18. Location:  Maple Ridge Library, upper floor,  Alouette Room. Cost:  $100.

To register or for more information, call 604-463-5311 or e-mail:


M. Diane Rogers will teach Intro to Genealogy: Who Are You? – a one day genealogy course for beginners and those returning to their family history research at New Westminster Secondary School, Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 9am to 3:30pm. $47 (Please bring your lunch.)

To register, see the New Westminster School Board’s Continuing Education website: or call 604 517 6345.

Please let the BCGS webmaster know of other genealogy and family history related courses, seminars and talks around the province.