BCGS General Meeting – April 12th, 2017 – 7:30 pm in Burnaby

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“Europe in 1648.-Peace of Westphalia, published 1884. See below for a description. Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

There will be a short business meeting, then groups will meet, including

European Group – discuss tips and tools for navigating research in unfamiliar areas and languages. Bring info on a favourite website for European research!
English group – Erica Williams will present England – Beyond BMDs and Censuses. She will look at a variety of records, including those from Wales, and discuss the use of maps to add context.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

Tickets for our 2017 Seminar “Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors”, June 9-11 in Burnaby and Coquitlam, are now available at meetings, by e-mail, phone, or on-line with PayPal. See all the Seminar and registration details with payment options here.

If you have not already renewed, or would like to join the BCGS, please see the Membership Committee at the meeting, or you may renew or join and pay on-line at the BCGS Membership page.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Group meetings and chats coming up in April at the BCGS Library unless otherwise stated

April 8, 2017, Saturday – Quebec, 10 am to noon.
April 9, 2017, Sunday – POSTPONED – DNA – looking at Mitochondrial DNA, 1 to 3 pm. Contact Diane Rogers diane_rogers@shaw.ca re dates.
April 11, 2017, Tuesday – Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group, 1pm – 3pm at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia, Vancouver.
April 15, 2017, Saturday – European Research Day, 10 am to 3 pm. Meet from 1-3 pm in the Board Room.
April 15, 2017, Saturday – Scandinavian Group, 1pm – 3pm at the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas St., Burn­aby.
April 15, 2017, Saturday – Scotland, note* in the Board Room 10am-noon.
April 22, 2017, Saturday – BCGS Library closed due to all day street closures for parade.
April 29, 2017, Saturday – (POSTPONED from April 22) – Ireland, 1 to 3 pm.
April 29, 2017, Saturday – Ask Us” session, 10 am to noon.

The map above depicts “Europe in 1648.-Peace of Westphalia; showing especially

  • (a,) The Possessions of the two branches of the house of Habsburg at the end of the Thirty Years War (purple).
  • (b,) The possessions of the house of Hohenzollern, (union of Prussia with Brandeburg [blue.]).
  • (c,) The Swedish Empire on both shores of the Baltic and in Northern Germany.
  • (d,) The Danish Monarchy, Denmark, Norway, and Schonen.
  • (e,) The British isles, with the battle-fields of the civil wars.
  • (f,) France, with the battle-fields of the civil wars [red].
  • (g,) Germany with the battle-fields of the Thirty Years War.
  • (h,) The republic of Poland in its greatest extent.
  • (i,) The Western Boundary of Russia.

From “An Historical Atlas Containing a Chronological Series of One Hundred and Four Maps, at Successive Periods, from the Dawn of History to the Present Day.” by Robert H. Labberton. Sixth Edition. 1884.” Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.

BCGS Mailed Renewals – please check the postal code

Some may have received BCGS Application or Renewal forms with an incorrect BCGS postal code.

The mailing address of the Society is:

P.O. Box 88054,
Lansdowne Mall,
Richmond, BC, CANADA
V6X 3T6

If you’d like to pay on-line instead of mailing your renewal or application, please go to our Membership page to pay with PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account.

If you have any questions, please e-mail the BCGS at webmaster@bcgs.ca

BCGS Christmas Social – Dec. 9, 2016 in Burnaby, BC

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The BCGS Christmas Social is Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 7:30 pm in Burnaby, BC.

Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a printable map of the meeting location.

Seasonal refreshments, entertainment and the popular annual BCGS pocket book sale.

Donations of both holiday goodies and of paperback books for the book sale will be appreciated.

Please renew your BCGS membership for 2016 right now on-line or at the meeting or by mail. Don’t forget to enter our BCGS Bring-A-Friend Contest too. Bring your friend to the Christmas Social!

BCGS PLANNING PROCESS 2015/2016 – CONSULTATION November 2015

You are invited to add your member’s voice to the re-imagining of the BCGS Mission and Vision. The board appointed a planning sub-committee to distill our organization’s previous goals and expressions of purpose, combined with recent brainstorming products.

Mission Statement—What The BCGS Does: 
(A statement describing the reason an organization or program exists and used to help guide decisions about priorities, actions, and responsibilities.)

The British Columbia Genealogical Society Mission is to serve and grow best practices and is dedicated to discovery, collection, preservation and access to family history research.

Vision Statement—Where the BCGS wants to go:
(A statement describing the clear and inspirational long-term desired change resulting from an organization’s or program’s work.)

The British Columbia Genealogical Society with collaborative leadership will provide a sustainable environment for meaningful learning opportunities for all.

See The British Columbia Genealogist (September 2015 issue) for more information.

Consultations will be held at the BCGS Library –

November 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm followed by a presentation by M. Diane Rogers on “Keeping Up In Genealogy – News You Can Really Use”.

The previous session was September 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm followed by “Casting the Net: Seeking Ancestors on the Internet” by Brenda Smith.

At the November Board meeting the statements will be presented for inclusion in the 2016 AGM notification package.

Please contact us to comment about the proposed Mission and Vision.

Email: bcgs@bcgs.ca

Postal Mail: BCGS Mission-Vision Sub-Committee, P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC, CANADA, V6X 3T6

Happy British Columbia Day!

Today it’s British Columbia Day! Most around the province will be relaxing or otherwise enjoying our great summer weather.

Some may feel sad that archives and libraries are closed today, as is our own BCGS Walter Draycott Library, but there’s plenty to do on-line here if you have your device at the beach or elsewhere and need to get some research done.

On our own BC Genealogical Society website, among many other things, for free you can

  1. Check to see if one of our members shares your surnames.
  2. Search our BC Pioneer registry for your British Columbia families here before 1900.
  3. Use our database of on-line BC newspapers to find an obituary.
  4. Locate an article in our journal index for The British Columbia Genealogist.
  5. Copy a postcard image from our international Postcard Galleries for your personal use

And if you’re a BCGS member, sign-in to the BCGS Members’ Area for more indexes and information.

Not already a BC Genealogical Society member? Join on-line today – learn about our BCGS Membership Benefits.