BCGS Family History Book Awards – 2016 Winners

The BC Genealogical Society announced the winners of the 2016 Family History Book Awards tonight at the annual Book Award Presentation and Strawberry Tea evening held June 14, 2017 in Burnaby.

First Prize – Tom’s Gray Creek Part II: Years of Change, 1946 to 1980 by Tom Lymbery with Frances Roback (Gray Creek Publishing, 2016). Learn more about Tom and his book in this Nelson Star article

Second Prize – Isolated Burials in the Central Okanagan with Genealogies and Local History by Susan D. Campbell and Robert Michael Hayes (Kelowna and District Genealogical Society, 2016). Read about this project at the Kelowna Daily Courier

Third Prize – Ootsa Lake Odyssey: George and Else Seel – A Pioneer Life on the Headwaters of the Nechako Watershed by Jay Sherwood (Caitlin Press, 2016). See more about the book at BC BookLook – review by Sage Birchwater

BCGS Family History Book Awards & Strawberry Tea – June 14, 2017 in Burnaby


The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, features the Annual Family History Award presentations, authors’ talks and the annual Strawberry Tea! Authors from around British Columbia will be speaking about their books and their own writing experiences.

Time: starting at 7:30 pm
Location: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.
Click for Directions and Map (printable)

All interested are very welcome to attend.
Learn more about the BCGS Family History Book Awards here.

Tickets for our “Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors” Seminar, June 9-11 in Burnaby and Coquitlam, are now available at meetings, by e-mail, phone, or on-line with PayPal. You do NOT need to be a PayPal customer to use a credit card to pay with PayPal.
See all the Seminar and registration details with payment options here.

Group meetings and chats coming up in June – at the BCGS Library unless otherwise stated. Check back for updates.

Coffee Chats

June 4 – Quebec Questers – 10-noon change from normal date due to BCGS Seminar.
June 24 – English Group – 10-noon – topic: British Home Children.
June 27 – DNA Group, 1-3 pm.

June 13 – Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group, 1-3 pm, 2nd Tues. each month, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia, 3rd floor meeting room.
June 14 – Mac/Reunion Group, 2nd Wed. before the BCGS Member Meeting at the Danish Church.
June 21 – New Welsh Group, 3rd Wed. each month, 10:30-noon at the Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue, Vancouver, BC – downstairs, enter from the back of the building.

June 9-11 – BCGS Annual Seminar, Friday June 9 to Sunday June 11.

Other Events. See the BCGS at these events – or volunteer to help. See our Events page and the BCGS Calendar page for more details and links.

June 17 – Highland Games and Scottish Festival, Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam. George Caldwell, BCGS Scottish Group Facilitator will be speaking at 1:45 pm in the Cultural Tent. Visit the BCGS in the Clan area.

June 17-18 – Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Scandinavian Centre, Burnaby. Get genealogy help, shop at the BCGS Boutique or share your family history with the BCGS-Scandinavian Cultural Society Genealogy Group in the Icelandic Room in the Centre.

Photograph courtesy of pixel2013 at Pixabay

BCGS – Family History Book Awards – 2014

The following books were awarded First, Second and Third prizes in the British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Book Awards for 2014 at a special Awards evening in Burnaby, June 13, 2015:




First – A Dempster History: From England to Canada Through India 1796-2014 by Eleanore Dempster.


Second – The Deanshaven Story: How to Float a Grand Piano and Other Necessities of Invention by Pauline Butling.






Third – My Hometown, My Furusato: Family History of Greenwood-Midway by Chuck Tasaka.

See the main BCGS Family History Award page for event photos.

BCGS General Meeting – June 10, 2015 – BCGS Book Awards & Strawberry Tea

BCGS Strawberry TeaThe next BCGS general meeting will be Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map.

Annual BCGS Family History Award presentations and authors’ talks.

Strawberry Tea!

All interested are very welcome to attend.