Reminder – BCGS General Meeting, Sept. 11, 2013 in Burnaby

West End School class 1897 Vancouver BCThe next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 11 September, 2013, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Group Sessions after the general meeting will be:

Scottish Group -with George Caldwell

Computer Group -What comes now after PAF, or not? Join us for a discussion on genealogy software choices.

See a printable map of the Danish Church area with directions here.

The photograph above shows an 1897 school class in front of the West End School at the corner of Burrard Street and Barclay Streets in Vancouver, BC.

The people were identified as principal Robert Fraser and students: Robert Gilmour, T.S. Dixon, Walter B. Ellis, William Stark, Robert Arnett, Pennie Gibb, Maud Curry, Jennie Anstie, Percy Barnett, Arthur Lett, Ernest Dickie, George Wilson, Gordon Harris, Ponsford, Claude Thieke, Bessie Menzies, Elsie Knowles, Maud Munro (Mrs. Robert Telford), Margartet Muir, , Edith Godfrey, Olive Preston, Elsie Curry, Margaret Muir, Edith Godfrey, Olive Preston, Elsie Curry, Ethel Burns, Fanny McQueen, Helen Peck, Pearl Musgrove, Maggie Knowles, Elsie Carr, Hattie Mackay, Edna Cook and others.  William Stark, one of these students, donated the photograph to the City Archives in 1939.

Photograph courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives, AM54-S4-: Sch P37.

According to the Brief History of Schools in Vancouver by Val Hamilton, West End School operated from 1897 to 1907 and was also called Old Burrard Street School and Dawson Primary. It was replaced by Aberdeen.

BCGS Library Week and Open House – July 14-20, 2013

Only 2 days to go!

Volunteers at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, 2011

Attend the BCGS Open House Sunday, July 14 from 2-4 pm at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC. Refreshments. All interested are welcome to attend. A feature this year will be a look at the new Members’ Only area of this website.

BCGS Volunteers welcome you!

The annual BCGS free Library Week is Monday, July 15 to Saturday, July 20, open 10 am to 3 pm. Different geographic areas and talks featured each day, but drop in and ask for assistance with your particular search any of the days.

See all the details and a schedule of the talks here.

The Library has over 14,000 worldwide books and CDs, and much more including journals and magazines, microfilm and fiche, and unique indexes and collections. Subscription databases available free to visitors now include Ancestry Library Edition, Genealogical Research Library and American Ancestors – and new this month is access to Geni.com. Come and check these sites out.

Our thanks to HomeLife Select Realty which is allowing us extra parking spots for Library Week this year. Look for parking spots numbered 211 and 212.  A library volunteer will give you a pass to place on your dashboard.

BCGS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND’ MEMBERSHIP CONTEST – deadline June 1, 2013

BCGS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND’ MEMBERSHIP CONTEST – the deadline is coming up – June 1, 2013.

All current BCGS members are eligible for one entry for each full membership (not associate memberships) they sign up from August 2012 to June 1, 2013.  See the BCGS Bring-A-Friend Membership contest details and on-line application form here.

Three Prize Baskets will be awarded at the June 12, 2013 meeting by draw.

Questions? Contact the BCGS Membership Committee now – membership@bcgs.ca or call the BCGS Walter Draycott Library: 604 502 9119.

Reminder – BCGS General Meeting – April 10, 2013 – New Meeting location

A reminder that the meeting this Wednesday has a new location:

BCGS General Meeting

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. (map)
Group topics:
DNA – which test is best for your genealogical quest?
English – Apprencticeships
For the April to June, 2013 general meetings we wll be at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.  Download a BCGS- Meeting Location Poster with a map of the Danish Church’s location.

The BCGS Offspring E-newsletter is back

The BCGS quarterly e-newsletter, The Offspring, is back. Look for the latest issue on the BCGS Publication Archives page.

The BCGS Offspring Vol 4 No 1 Spring 2013

Thank you to Rob Whitlock for his assistance with the new Offspring.

We hope that members and others will send in their research tips, short stories or news for future issues. Please contact the BCGS Editor: editor@bcgs.ca or by mail, c/o the Society’s address below.

BCGS Bring A Friend Deadline Extended

BCGS BRING-A-FRIEND MEMBERSHIP CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 1, 2013

All current BCGS members are eligible for one entry for each full membership (not associate memberships) they sign up from August 2012 to June 1, 2013.

New memberships taken out now will run from September 2012 to December 2013.

Three Prize Baskets will be awarded at the June 12, 2013 meeting by draw. These will include concert tickets, wine, a restaurant gift card, genealogical supplies and a bonus gift.

Please go to the Contest Page to sign up a friend or relative for a BCGS membership!