Comment on New Genealogy Roadshow Program

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.

BCGS Editor’s Chat – Aug 26, 2013 – 7 pm at

Join the BCGS Editor’s Chat tonight, August 26th, at 7 pm PDT.

Ask a question about the BCGS journal or website, one of our BCGS projects, or about BC genealogy, or you can comment on 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 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).


BCGS Editor’s Chat 7 pm May 27, 2013


Update: May 27, 2013 8:04 pm. Our first chat has just finished. There was a glitch or two – I am sorry – but next time we will know better how this works. You can still click the chat box above to read the comments from tonight. Mdr
This will be our first BCGS Editor’s Chat – Monday, May 27th, 7 pm, right here. (We will open a bit early to make sure all is working.)Join us to chat about the British Columbia Genealogical Society, the BC Pioneers or the BC War Memorials projects, or how to submit an article for the BCGS journal or website, or to ask a question about BC research in general.

This is our first chat experiment, so please do bear with us!

We hope it’s a simple process for you – it’s a text chat, so you should be able to just type into the box above. This year, we will be trying out a number of ‘new to us’ communication tools – via live chat, Skype, Google Hangout, maybe even a Facebook or Twitter text chat.

Rootstech 2013 – Join in from home – March 21-23, 2013

As requested, there is now a Rootstech 2013 Twitter box on the right hand of this page so those not on Twitter can follow along. Our BCGS Editor is at Rootstech (mdianerogers) and she is tweeting from this 3 day genealogy event as are hundreds of others – some 7,000 people are attending.

As last year, a number of events will be streamed, so go to the website to see schedule and view live sessions. (All times given are Mountain time.)

If you are on Twitter, do join in with comments and questions. The Rootstech hashtag is #rootstech.

Rootstech 2013 banner Genealogy 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards Voting has begun!

Voting for the Genealogy 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards has begun and continues to March 19, 2013. There are 11 categories of Awards ranging from genealogy software to genealogy education to the best subscription and the best free genealogy websites.

Some interesting choices; each of us may find something new to try. For the Best Online Genealogy Tool or Mobile App, for example, most nominated are mobile apps, a sign of the times, for sure – Ancestry (iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad), Families (iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad), Family ChArtist, Steve Morse Search Tools, and RootsMagic (iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad).

The Quebec Family History Society is in the running for the Best State/Provincial Genealogical Society. If you do Canadian research, have a look at their website – and do think about giving them your vote. The British Columbia Genealogical Society was nominated, but didn’t make the finals this year (maybe next).

Other societies running are the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the North Carolina Genealogical Society, the Southern California Genealogical Society, and the Utah Genealogical Association.

And vote often! “You may vote once per award category per day (each 24-hour period) between February 19 and March 19, 2013.”  The winners will be announced on Kimberly Powell’s Genealogy Blog on March 27th, 2013.