The BCGS Members’ Tip for December 1st is: Do genealogy with the family during the holidays.
Maureen Taylor in “Photographs and the Holidays” at Genealogy.com has some great tips on hosting a fun family photo identification party with games and prizes too. Or you could host a scanning party and ask people to bring their family photos and albums along as one BCGS member did recently. Don’t forget the cookies and other treats; just don’t have them near the photographs please.
Be prepared to take genealogical advantage of impromptu get togethers too. Have some interesting or puzzling photographs ready to show on your phone or IPad and be ready to get down all the details on the new in-laws by having a few blank pedigree charts and family group sheets handy in your backpack. You might even have stamped self-addressed envelopes prepared in case they’ll need to get more details once back at home.
The BCGS Members’ Tip for October 1st is: Sometimes there IS just too much genealogy news!
It’s true – sometimes it isn’t easy to keep up with all the genealogy news.
Better to choose a few trusted on-line genealogy news sites to check regularly.
The BCGS website always has the latest from these five websites (on your lower right side of the main page). If you start with these, you will usually have most, if not all, the genealogy news that matters and you will see a variety of topics covered and a variety of opinions expressed.
Genealogy Insider, Diane Haddad, Family Tree Magazine
FamilySearch Genealogy and Family History Blog
Your Genetic Genealogist, CeCe Moore
GeneaBloggers, Thomas MacEntee
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, Dick Eastman
Check out the news they offer today including details and comments on Ancestry’s acquisition of FindAGrave, another Geno 2.0 chat coming up, the Italian Ancestors project and the TV show, Genealogy Roadshow, ( And you’ll see it’s Backup Day! Don’t forget to backup! )
This photograph shows newspaper carriers at the Vancouver Sun Carrier Services No 41 hut at 12th Avenue and Nanaimo in New Westminster, 1933. Photographer, Stuart Thomson. City of Vancouver photo, City of Vancouver BC Archives 99-4378.
The BCGS Members’ Tip for September 1st is: Stop; Go Back in Time!
When you come up against a genealogical brickwall, or see there seems to be a problem in a family line you’ve researched, stop. Take the time to go back and review your past work and the documents and other sources you relied on.
Sometimes a clue will be found in the details of documents you’ve already looked at, perhaps a surname that could be a married daughter’s husband’s, or a place name that might be a birthplace. When you first looked at the documents, other details may have seemed more important, or the names unfamilar.
Stopping to review your research can be very rewarding.
For smaller, locally named ‘unofficially named’ places,if not included in these sites, you may find directories or local histories or historical newspapers useful. Watch for an article on British Columbia place names and maps soon.
Have you found yourself with a thorny genealogical research problem?
Often working up a detailed timeline on your relative’s life will help you not only to see contradictions, but also to identify gaps in your research, a census you haven’t looked at, for instance. These gaps may lead you to think of new records you might search.
You can use simply a sheet of paper to write out a chronoloogical list of all known events in the individual’s life, including the dates and places. Add the names and any relevant brief details about other people who were involved in each event with your relative, for example, the age of the mother at the birth of any children, or the occupation of a father.
2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and already a number of research and display projects are underway.
Take the time now to review the World War I participants in your family tree and to enhance your research or understanding of their roles whether at home or in service.
Consider submitting an article to a genealogical or historical journal or a photograph to a website. If you have Canadian relatives who died in service during World War I, check to see if you have digital photographs or other memorabilia to add to the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, sponsored by Veterans Affairs Canada.