Website Updates, June 2012

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Two new indexes have been added to the website now, including

British Columbia Auto Permit Holders, 1904-1905 on the Members’ Projects page.

Victoria, British Columbia Naturalization Index, 1859 on the BCGS Research Projects page.

Both of these indexing projects are on-going, so watch for updates.

and the winners of the BCGS Family History Book Award for 2012 have been announced!

And Brief Guides to Genealogy and Family History for both Vancouver and Victoria, BC, Canada are now available on the website, also at the BCGS Research Projects page. These were originally published in The British Columbia Genealogist and have been updated and revised for the website.

BCGS General Meeting – 13 June 2012 – Burnaby

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2012 marks Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, the 60 year anniversary of her ascent to the throne. At the June general meeting, BCGS members will be celebrating with a strawberry tea and members with connections to her or memories of her reign so far are invited to bring displays. On display will be a photograph of the Queen from the collection of Ford Hill.

The winners of the BCGS Family History Book Award Competition for 2011 will be announced at the meeting, and some of the authors will be present and will have books to sell and sign.

BCGS General Meetings: the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 pm at Edmonds Community Centre, 7282 Kingsway (Kingsway & Edmonds), Burnaby V5E 1G3.

BCGS members are now collecting pennies to contribute to the fund for a Coat of Arms for the Society. Any pennies will be accepted at all general meetings. Volunteers will roll them, if need be.

BCGS Christmas Social Meeting, December 14, 2011, Burnaby, BC

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The next general membership meeting of the BC Genealogical Society is December 14, 2011, 7:30pm at the Edmond Community Centre in Burnaby. This is traditionally a less formal meeting, starting with the incredible book sale, members’ family history displays, goodies, prizes and a whole lot more.

Presentations to the 2011 winners of the BCGS Most Improved Genealogist Awards will be made and the winners of the BCGS first annual Family History Book Awards have been invited as special guests. Some will bring book copies to sign and sell.

Bring a guest and come renew your membership while you are there.  Bring pocket books to donate to the book sale, and some baking too, if you can.

BCGS 2011 Family History Book Awards

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The British Columbia Genealogical Society celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011 with a new annual book award to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia, Canada. Books chosen must be written by a British Columbia author or relate to British Columbia family history.

The BCGS Family History Book Awards for 2010 are:

FIRST – Bruce McIntyre Watson, Lives Lived West of the Divide: A Biographical Dictionary of Fur Traders Working West of the Rockies, 1793-1858, 3 volumes, Centre for Social, Spatial and Economic Justice, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC.

SECOND – Dorothy Faulkner, Elaine Park and Cathy Jenks, with Pat Jobb, Maureen Wright and Karen Dyck, Women of Pender Harbour: Their Voices, Their History, Pender Harbour Living History Heritage Society, Madeira Park, BC.

THIRD – Nancy J. Hughes, Built by Luney Bros. Ltd.: Building a City and a Legacy Brick by Brick. Victoria, B.C., 1885-1962, Wildflower Publishing House, Victoria, BC.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Helen Piddington, Rumble Seat: A Victorian Childhood Remembered, Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, BC.

Ian Macdonald and Betty O’Keefe, Quiet Reformers: The Legacy of Early Victoria’s Bishop Edward and Mary Cridge, Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, BC.

Lynne Stonier-Newman, Peter O’Reilly: The Rise of a Reluctant Immigrant, Touchwood Editions, Victoria, BC.

Mahinder Kaur Doman Manhas, Zhindagee: Selected Stories of our first daughters, Victoria, BC.

Susan Dahlo and Alice Glanville, Schools of the Boundary: early schools in the Boundary area of British Columbia, British Columbia Genealogical Society, Richmond, BC.

To submit publications for the 2011 BCGS Family History Book Award, please contact Alice Marwood, Book Award Chair, at the BCGS by e-mail at: bcgs@bcgs.ca or by mail: P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC, CANADA, V6X 3T6.