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.


Europe – Links

Europe -1815 map

Europe, 1815 map. From The Public Schools Historical Atlas edited by C. Colbeck, published by Longmans, Green, and Co. 1905. Courtesy the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas. Click for larger view.

General links for European genealogy and family history research

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

Tip – Check our list of Genealogy Aids and Tools for translation and pronunciation tools.

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:

Europeana, digitized content includes text, images, video and sound:

CenEuroGenWeb, includes Belgium, Denmark, Greenland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Liechenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland:

MediterraneanGenWeb, includes Andorra, Azores, Cyprus, France, Gibraltar,
Greece, Italy, Madeira, Malta, Monaco, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Holy See
(Vatican City):

Gazetteers, burial registry, many other databases, JewishGen:

Articles and links for research in these countries, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland.  ProGenealogists:

Historical maps of Europe, Perry-Castañeda Library, University of Texas at Austin:

Historical Maps of Europe, ReiseNett AS (TravelWeb AS, Oslo):

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

Euratlas, historical maps of Europe, some free, by Christos Nussli:

Curated links to maps, ebooks, etc. Subscription, Genealogical Research Library:

Toporopa, a fun free site with quizzes about European geography and more, by Sonja Snoek:

Displaced Persons’ (DP) Camps (mostly Europe):