Salute to a Dedicated Cemetery Recorder – BCGS 1984

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A BCGS Cemetery Recording Adventure

Since we’ve recently been discussing our BC Genealogical Society (BCGS) cemetery recording training and field trip plans for 2015, I wanted to share this amusing 1984 cemetery recorder’s comment I found in the BCGS Newsletter, March/April 1984, Volume 9 Number 2, page 16.

Originally submitted to the BCGS Newsletter by Linda Blackman, B.C. Research Committee, 1984.

“The following excerpt was taken from a letter accompanying an out of town recording I received.

“It took me 2 hrs. to arrive after first a flat tire, had to chase cattle so I could get through, wait for road construction, and finally made it to the farm. The farm is, with no problems, just about 15 mins. away from where I live. A very KIND bull put my long legs to work to get back to the car and that is when my OLD age started to show…I’m really not in shape to run.

Anyway the day was nice and a lot of fun.

Do watch for news about our 2015 cemetery recording trips. They won’t be this strenuous!

 

New members, New resolutions in 2015

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NewYearsDaypostcard-1910sIs one of your New Year’s resolutions to “break down that brick wall that great grandpa is hiding behind”? B.C.G.S. welcomes new members to our group at any time, and when you’ve run out ideas of where to look for those elusive ancestors…well, that’s when our group members can offer up their many years’ worth of experience and expertise to help you solve your most stubborn family conundrums.

Now is the optimum time to join B.C.G.S. as a New Member. Annual memberships run from January to December, and you’ll learn lots at our 12 interesting and informative monthly meetings, or you can ask questions of other members in our Members Only Area – and you’ll receive 4 issues of our journal “The British Columbia Genealogist” as well as meeting and making friends with others who share an interest in recording their families and preserving their history.

Postcard to George H. Smith, Rosedale PO, Chilliwack, BC from his niece, Laura. Unmailed. No date.

The Gold Stripe – post WWI – British Columbia, Canada

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The Gold Stripe, Volume 3, 1919 Title page. Soldier – illustration by Albert Udon.

 

The Gold Stripe, a compilation of articles, stories, illustrations, photographs and poetry, was published in 3 volumes just after World War I as a “tribute to the British Columbia men who have been killed, crippled and wounded in the Great War” and to raise money for the Amputation Club of British Columbia.  Publication years were: Volume 1, 1918; Volume 2, 1919;  Volume 3, 1919.

Most Gold Stripe articles and stories, and a great number of the illustrations were by British Columbians. Some articles are about the war; some are about soldiers and their families and friends trying to reestablish themselves after the war. Continue reading

BCGS Christmas Social – Dec. 10, 2014 in Burnaby BC

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The BCGS Christmas Social is Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:30 pm in Burnaby.
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Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Seasonal refreshments, members’ displays, entertainment and the popular annual BCGS pocket book sale.

Donations of both holiday goodies and of paperback books for the book sale will be appreciated.

Please renew your membership for 2015 right now on-line or at the meeting or by mail.

About the photograph -This shows “Climbers at Mount Resplendent”, British Columbia, Canada in 1913. Byron Harmon postcard. Courtesy Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Mount Resplendent is southeast of the Robson Glacier in Mount Robson Provincial Park and was first climbed by Byron Harmon and Conrad Kain in 1911. Byron Harmon was a well known Western Canadian photographer and Conrad Kain, an accomplished mountaineer and guide.

Learn more about Byron Harmon and see more of his photographs at his grand daughter’s website Byron Harmon Photos and see the Conrad Kain Centennial Society website for a biography of Conrad Kain.

 

Genealogy Seminar with William Dollarhide – South Whidbey Island, USA, April 2015

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The Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island will host its 2015 Seminar at the Dancing Fish Farmhouse,  25th April, 2015.

The seminar speaker will be William W. Dollarhide who has been in pursuit of his family origins since 1971. A well known genealogy speaker and author, Bill Dollarhide’s honors include an Award of Merit from the American Society of Genealogists for the Map Guide book and an Award of Appreciation from the National Genealogical Society. He’s written over ten genealogy books; the latest is Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE.

The 2015 South Whidbey Island Seminar will include four separate genealogical sessions. Included are the four sessions, a morning snack, and tea and coffee all day long in a beautiful and comfortable setting. On-site hot lunch is also available. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

For full details and registration information, read, download or print the South Whidbey Island Genealogy Seminar 2015 brochure here.