BCGS European Group – Library Week 2016

BCGS Library Week – the Library is open all week, July 18-23, 2016 free. For more information, see Today, we celebrated Scotland and Europe and did more successful research in Newfoundland, BC and Nova Scotia. Tomorrow we will be looking at Ireland.

The BCGS European Group Library Week Session, 18 July 2016

*Breaking News* A free webinar “Researching European Archives from Your Easy Chair” with Lisa A. Alzo is being sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, Thursday, July 21, 2016 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM PDT. Limited space: register here now.

Our Group will be meeting in September at a general meeting and at the Library later. Watch for an update about this soon.

Brenda Smith presented “Eastern Europe in Time and Space” – an illustrated atlas and timeline of events and influences that affected our ancestors’ lives. This sparked discussion!

Among the websites shared were:

The Lost Shoebox, online Polish records with a map showing which areas they cover:

The European Library, access to 48 European national and research libraries:

Polish Origins, great forum!:

BCGS Library resources:

Many books – a selection displayed, including atlases and gazetteers for Europe, and also exchange journals including those from the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria and more. Available was the latest issue of Your Genealogy Today, May-June 2016, at the BCGS Library (929 FC/YGT V2#2 2016} which features an article by Leland Meitzler on German surname mapping websites.

Genealogical dictionaries are often essential. Two recommended are the Swedish Genealogical Dictionary by Phyllis J. Pladsen (BCGS Library 948.5 PLA DIC} and the German-English Genealogical Dictionary by Ernest Thode (BCGS Library 943 THO). And FamilySearch has free Word Lists for many geographic areas, most expanded now and available as .pdf files to keep handy on personal devices.

Click to check both the main BCGS Library catalogue here and the BCGS catalogue for journals, newsletters and magazines.

Recommended books:

The series of Map Guides to German Parish Registers by Kevan Hansen, published by Family Roots Publishing, for example, a recent one for Silesia Province, Regierungsbezirk Oppeln, Kingdom of Prussia (Volume 55 2016). The most recent is the Map Guide to Luxembourg Parish Registers. A BCGS Library acquisition request may be submitted for these.

The free FamilySearch Learning Center has well over 100 European research classes – 3 on German script and on on using the Hansen Map Guides.

And many European genealogical societies were demonstrated and discussed, mainly:

The Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe:

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia:

Germans from Russia Heritage Society:

East European Genealogical Society:

One handout available:

Download “First Steps in European Research – or for a European Do-Over” by M. Diane Rogers (.docx file. For other formats, contact the BCGS webmaster.)

Welcome to BCGS Library Week – 2016



Anyone interested is invited to come to the library this week, bring your family history information and questions – the volunteers will attempt to assist you.

SUNDAY, July 17th – OPEN HOUSE – 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Refreshments.

MONDAY TO SATURDAY, July 18th to 23rd – Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM each day.

1:00 pm – EUROPEAN RESEARCH -Brenda Smith; M. Diane Rogers & other members





1:00 PM – DNA AND GENEALOGY – M. Diane Rogers

Special databases available free, MyHeritage and Quebec Genealogy and PRDH, in addition to Ancestry Library Edition and American Ancestors.

For more information about Library Week, see the BCGS Library Week page.

Address: BCGS Walter Draycott Library – 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC
Telephone: 604 502 9119

For more information about the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, and a map, see the main Library page.

We will be posting information daily about Library resources during the week.

The fun Wordsift above which reflects some of the BCGS Library’s holdings is courtesy of Wordsift 2.

BCGS Canada Group – British Columbia Research

Here are the links to newer and useful British Columbia websites and news mentioned at the Canada Group’s July meeting.



In partnership with the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, the Museum sponsored consultations in June, 2016 in Abbotsford and Prince George with members of BC’s Punjabi communities – a “first step in the creation of a provincial Punjabi legacy project that preserves and shares community history”.

Latest version of the Museum’s e-newsletter, Curious, is on Chinese Legacy Initiatives.

If you are or might be related to Captain James Cook – his wife Elizabeth Batt’s dessert china set was recently acquired from the City of Victoria.

The Museum’s Transcribe web project launched in 2015 –

And the Museum’s (rotating) 100 Objects of Interest website. From John Lennon’s limousine, a yellow bellied sea snake, Vancouver Island treaties, a Harlequin romance, a flapper dress, a Kwagu’ł ceremonial curtain by Mungo Martin, to Yukon Joe’s diary (1946-1961).

About the Royal BC Museum
The Royal BC Museum explores the province’s human history and natural history, advances new knowledge and understanding of BC, and provides a dynamic forum for discussion and a place for reflection. The museum and archives celebrate culture and history, telling the stories of BC in ways that enlighten, stimulate and inspire. Looking to the future, the Royal BC Museum will be a refreshed, modern museum, extending its reach far beyond Victoria as a world-class cultural venue and repository of digital treasures.


Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project, University of Victoria and the BC Museums Ass’n.:

See also The West Beyond the West: and Memory BC:


British Columbia History, 1923-2007 – issues of this BC Historical Federation publication are on-line free:

Open Collections, University of BC. Historical books, photographs, BC newspapers: See also UBC Circle for publications of UBC personnel and partners. Includes theses and dissertations:

Facebook Genealogy Groups:

Genealogical and Historical Groups / Pages on Facebook (in English). This is a “267-page PDF List of 9,000+ Genealogy Links on Facebook”, updated May 2016, by Katherine R. Willson:

Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Predecessors

Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police History and Genealogy

“What a Year 1920 Was” (RNWNP, Dominion Police, the new RCMP), RCMP Veterans’ Assn.:

Federal records, digitized microfilm – Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police, RCMP. Héritage (

North West Mounted Police – Personnel Records, 1873-1904, database, Library and Archives Canada:

Defending the Law: The North-West Mounted Police, 1873-1920,

“Without Fear, Favour or Affection”: The Men of the North West Mounted Police, archived exhibit, Library and Archives Canada:

Sir Sam Steele Collection:

RCMP Heritage Centre:

RCMP Obituary Index, RCMP Quarterly, 1933-1989, Saskatchewan Genealogical Society:

RCMP Quarterly – a BCGS volunteer is indexing articles of interest from the BCGS Library collection of RCMP Quarterly journals. This index is being published in The British Columbia Genealogist and is available in the Library. The BCGS Library is interested in filling in gaps in the collection. The Quarterly began in 1933. Since 1999, it has been the official magazine of the RCMP Veterans’ Association.

See also The Officer Down Memorial Page for officers killed in the line of duty:(Canada)