About.com Genealogy 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards Voting has begun!

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Voting for the About.com 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 About.com Genealogy Blog on March 27th, 2013.


Europe – Links

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General links for European genealogy and family history research

(see also lists for Eastern Europe and for individual countries)

Note that commercial/$ websites mentioned here usually offer some free information or services.

The European Library, searchable digital collections and catalogues of 48 national libraries in Europe, and links to other libraries and collections: http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org

Europeana, digitized content includes text, images, video and sound: http://www.europeana.eu/portal

CenEuroGenWeb, includes Belgium, Denmark, Greenland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Liechenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ceneurgw

MediterraneanGenWeb, includes Andorra, Azores, Cyprus, France, Gibraltar,
Greece, Italy, Madeira, Malta, Monaco, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Holy See
(Vatican City): https://sites.google.com/site/mediterraneangenweb

Gazetteers, burial registry, many other databases, JewishGen: http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/

Articles and links for research in these countries, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland.  ProGenealogists: http://www.progenealogists.com/specialtysites.htm

Historical maps of Europe, Perry-Castañeda Library, University of Texas at Austin: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/history_europe.html

Historical Maps of Europe, ReiseNett AS (TravelWeb AS, Oslo): http://www.reisenett.no/map_collection/historical/history_europe.html

The Map as History, includes Europe 1815-1914, 1918-1942, 1945 on. Animated maps of the world, some free, most by subscription: http://www.the-map-as-history.com/

Euratlas, historical maps of Europe, some free, by Christos Nussli: http://www.euratlas.com

Curated links to maps, ebooks, etc. Subscription, Genealogical Research Library: http://www.GRLresearch.com

Toporopa, a fun free site with quizzes about European geography and more, by Sonja Snoek: http://www.toporopa.eu

Displaced Persons’ (DP) Camps (mostly Europe): http://www.dpcamps.org

Remembrance Day, 2012

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War Memorial, Victoria, BC. Postcard.War Memorial, Victoria, British Columbia, Parliament grounds. Postcard; private collection.

Patriotic World War I Postcard, illustrating Allies' flags. Private collection.Patriotic World War I Postcard, illustrating Allies’ flags. Private collection.

For information, including locations and photographs, on British Columbia War Memorials, search the Canadian National Defense Department’s War Memorials database.

The British Columbia War Memorial‘s website has photographs and transcriptions of names from many of BC’s war memorials.

Private Researchers

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A number of British Columbia Genealogical Society members will undertake research for a fee, on terms and conditions to be individually arranged. Please note that any arrangements you make with them are entirely your responsibility and the BCGS. does not in any way warrant the quality or correctness of their work.

 Alice Marwood

211 – 14981 – 101A Avenue
Surrey, B C
V3R 0T1

Phone: 604.582.1548

E-mail: amarwood@shaw.ca

British Columbia Sources, Indians, Ship’s Lists


David Jackson

306-225 E. 13th Street
North Vancouver, B.C. V7L 2L6

E-mail: wittedj@hotmail.com

Research in Greater Vancouver area.


Betty Allen

E-mail: allenbb@shaw.ca

Research in Langley and Chilliwack area.


J. Amy Newman

PO Box 54604,
7155 Kingsway,
Burnaby, BC Canada V5E 4J6

Phone: 604.521.3463 (604.521.FIND)

fax: 604.521.3460

toll free: 1.877.521.3463 for callers outside the Vancouver area

E-mail: info@nrsfind.com

Research in Vancouver area; professional heir-tracer. Locate heirs all over North America.


Barbara Jones

2929 West 6th Avenue,
Vancouver, BC V6K 1X4

604. 731.4975

E-mail: barbcjones@gmail.com

15 Years experience in Genealogy; Researching for probate and family

History in BC, Great Britain.


Celia A. Lewis

2075 W. 48th Avenue,
Vancouver BC V6M 2P4

Phone: 604.996.7335

Email: calewis@telus.net

Research interests: England, Scotland

Page updated September 2013