Happy Canada Day from the British Columbia Genealogical Society!
This month’s British Columbia Genealogical Society’s research tip is:
Learn how names were (and are) pronounced ‘correctly'; say them out loud (or find a native speaker to do that), then use the sound to help you locate indexed variations. (Works with place names too.)
This can be a helpful idea no matter where your family is from. To give you an idea, here’s a list of English surname pronunciations from a little book called Everybody’s Pocket Companion, Fifth Edition, compiled by A Mercer, M.R.S.T. (Page 50, no date, private collection).
Two of these surnames will be familiar to news hounds and mystery watchers, but do you have one of these names in your tree? Continue reading
Indian Troops for France. C.W. Faulkener and Sons Co., Ltd. World War I postcard, mailed 1914 to Cowichan Station, British Columbia, Canada.
Researching the British Empire’s WWI Military – at Vancouver Public Library (VPL), Central Branch. Free. A BC Genealogical Society presentation given in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library.
Monday, 7 July, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Did someone in your family have ties to the British Empire’s military during WW I?
Join BC Genealogical Society members and find out how to research British Empire military records.
Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level
Central Library, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street
For more information please contact: VPL Programming and Learning Services at email@example.com at 604 331-3603 or see the event listing at the VPL website: www.vpl.ca
Scotties Have A Clean Up After A Spell In the Trenches, World War i, Y.M.C.A. Hut Fund postcard.
The annual BCGS free Walter Draycott Library Week begins Sunday, July 13th with an Open House from 2-4 pm. Refreshments, including cake, door prizes. All interested are welcome.
From Monday, July 14 to Saturday, July 19, the BCS Walter Draycott Library is open free to all interested from 10 am to 3 pm each day. Talks and activities are scheduled for each day – check the .pdf schedule below – and you may research any day. See the BCGS Annual Library Week page for details.
BCGS 2014 Library Week activities schedule (.pdf)
Kelowna & District Genealogical Society. Currently the society has over 11575 obituaries indexed and available, as well as transcriptions, photographs and publications of Central Okanagan cemeteries. The Society publishes a newsletter, “Okanagan Researcher” quarterly and has partnered with the Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library where the genealogical library collection is now located. See the Society’s website for indexes and details on these and other projects.: http://www.kdgs.ca
Video about the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and the Kelowna Public Library, ShawTV Okanagan, 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ3E2EM63iE Continue reading
Join the BCGS Editor’s Chat right here. Beforehand, you can RSVP in the Chat area below, if you like. And you may read the chat here afterwards, if you can’t join at the time.
The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting will be Wednesday, June 11, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, in Burnaby, 6010 Kincaid Street.
See the Google map or download a printable map of the Danish Church’s location with directions.
This will be Announcement Night for the BCGS Family History Book Awards. Authors will be speaking about their books and books will be available to buy. Learn more about the BCGS annual Family History Book Awards here. Continue reading