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.

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:

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

Federation of Family History Societies

Did you know?  The BCGS is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies, along with over 180 family history and genealogical societies and related organizations from around the world.

The latest to join is WISE, the Wales-Ireland-Scotland-England (W.I.S.E.) Family History Society from Denver, Colorado, USA. Do have a look at their website.

The Federation has website and contact information on-line for all its members. And the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) has a free news E-zine every few months. You can read this free on the Federation‘s website or subscribe to receive it by e-mail.

BCGS General Meeting – May 13th, 2015 – Irish, Scottish & Genealogy 101 Groups meet

Vancouver-City-Hall-Veterans-1939-CVA_PhotoVancouver City Hall veterans of the Great War, honour guards for the Royal Visit, 1939.

The next BCGS general meeting will be Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map.

There will be three group sessions after the general meeting:

Scottish Interest Group
Irish Interest Group
Genealogy 101 – Civil Registration Records.

See you there!

This photograph above shows the group of Vancouver City Hall Great War veterans who acted as honour guards for the Royal Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, May 29, 1939. The City of Vancouver Archives has their names listed as:

(back row) J. Tarbuck, H. Preston, R.T. Blair, A.A. Copping, W.G. Johnston, J.H. Davenport, J. McGill, A. Hall, R.T. Richardson, H.A. Black, S. Huntington, W.F. Rodbourne, W. Strang, A.G. Bennett, B. Keogh, B. Corlett, F.J. Hearn, F. Carlisle;

(middle row) W.C. Browne, B. Warden, Dr. J.H. White, J.A. McCrindle, H.R.T. Mason, G. Markle, C.R. McTaggart, A. Patterson, J.W. Barker, G.H. Clay, W. Inglis, W.C. Anthony, L. Westcott, T.J. Corley, J. Stevenson, J. McGregor, J. Smith;

(front row) A. Johnston, H.G. Stone, J.R. Chamberlain, J. Gibbs, S. Travis, E. Humphreys, W.B. Murray, C. Grantham, C.J. Biddiss, N.V. davis, H.A.E. Browne, G.L. Tooker, L.R. Edge, A.J. Addy, R. Vernon, E.H. Cooke, A. Churchouse, G.H. Ubbink and

(front) T. Calloway

Photograph creator: Major James Skitt Matthews. Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives:- AM54-S4-: Mil P170.2