BCGS General Meeting – Oct. 14, 2015 – October Classes – Scottish & Canadian Prairies

The Scottish Group, with George Caldwell, will be meeting at the October 14, 2015 General Meeting, so bring your research questions or answers and share.

For our Canadian researchers, we will focus on the Prairies – Judith Ueland and Brenda Smith will facilitate this session.  Brenda will be sharing her summer research in Saskatchewan.

BCGS General Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

BCGS Editor’s Chat, Sept 30, 2015

News and views on genealogy, especially in British Columbia. The chat is coming up Wednesday, 30 September, at 7 pm, Pacific time, right here at

Ooops! Somehow I gave the wrong date for the Genealogy Do-Over start – it is this Friday as I said, but Friday 2 Oct. 2015 (not Oct. 9 as I said). Here’s a weblink with all the info:

BCGS Journal Theme – December 2015 – “My Relative Was A ____________”

Our December 2015 theme offers writers a great deal of latitude. Want to write about someone who was a blacksmith or a milliner? Or a suffragette or an orator, a British Home Child, or even a forger or a bigamist?

Any length is acceptable. Journal deadline is November 9, 2015. Please contact the Editor if you have questions or ideas to discuss. editor @

The BCGS Research links on this website include Occupations. (If you have new links to suggest for this section, please e-mail webmaster @ )

To start you off with some ideas, here is Marianne Soltau’s index to a series on ‘Old Occupations’ in the Family Tree Magazine (UK). These magazines are all available in our Library, as are many other related books and articles.

Old Occupations Article Index - Family Tree Magazine (UK)

1 Maltster 01/03/1989
2 Potter 01/04/1989
3 Toll-Gate Keeper 01/05/1989
4 Fisherman 01/06/1989
5 Customs Officer 01/08/1989
6 Strawplaiter 01/10/1989
7 Pugilist 01/12/1989
8 Weaver 01/01/1990
9 Frame Work Knitter (FWK) 01/02/1990
10 Frame Work Knitter (FWK) 01/03/1990

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.