Canadiana.org – Survey on digitization priorities

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Canadiana.org partnered with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) a while ago on a project to digitize 40,000 reels of microfilm from LAC. This project, now known as Héritage, already offers free access to some of these digitized reels.

There is more information at Canadiana’s Héritage portal. You can browse the already digitized collections (not indexed) and you can check the listing of what’s likely coming next. Collections include films of

  • Genealogy Records
  • Aboriginal Records
  • Government Records
  • Military & War Records
  • Papers of Prominent Canadians
  • Miscellaneous – currently including select copies of Ukrainian language newspapers and periodicals.

Canadiana is asking genealogists to choose which collections to prioritize – and is offering this will involve “partially transcribing select collections“.

Click on this link to go to Canadiana.org and fill out the survey.

BCGS August 13 – General Meeting Reminder

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The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
Directions and map (.pdf).

World War I research session – Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand with George Caldwell, M. Diane Rogers and Susan Snalam.

 

Canadian_Journalists_at_the_front-WWI

Canadian journalists speaking with members of the 42nd Battalion Scots (Royal Highlanders of Canada) at the reserve line, July 1918. Photographer unknown; Library and Archives Canada (LAC), Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada/ MIKAN no.3522202/1964-114 NPC.

For more World War I photographs of the 42nd Battalion, see “Black Watch 42nd Battalion in WWI” by David O’Keefe at YouTube.

BCGS Sept 2014 journal – World War I issue – deadline August 11, 2014

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French_class-Vernon_military_Camp-1916-BC_CanadaYMCA French class, Vernon military camp, 1916, British Columbia, Canada. Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives, AM54-S4-: Mil P192.2, Major Matthews collection.

The fall 2014 issue of The British Columbia Genealogist will feature articles about World War I.

Just a reminder that the deadline is 11 August 2014. If enough articles are received, the December journal will also be about World War I. Click this link for more about The British Columbia Genealogist, including queries and advertising.

Topics do not need to be about the military or about British Columbia or Canada either, but they must relate to World War I.

Please e-mail the BCGS Editor if any questions or suggestions: editor @bcgs.ca or call the BCGS Library and leave a message for the Editor: 604 502 9119.

World War I – BCGS-VPL session, July 7, 2014 – handouts

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Over the next few days, the handouts and some additional resources will be posted here from the BCGS – VPL session on researching the British Empire’s World War I military held at Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch, 7 July 2014.  Watch for more here soon.

WWI British Empire Military – Genealogy & Family History – BCGS-VPL- July 2014-handout by M. Diane Rogers (.pdf)

World War I – UK Genealogy Research by Susan Snalam (.pdf)

And you can see the VPL-Bibliocommons lists here- with direct links to the VPL books and some of the websites cited at the session. (Many of these books are at the BCGS Library too.)  Continue reading