World War I Walking Tours – Vancouver BC

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The Heritage Vancouver Society is offering World War I walking tours this month and in October.

Tickets are on sale now. Click the links below or go to the Society’s website:http://www.heritagevancouver.org/index.htm

Remembering WW1: The Vancouver Homefront

September 14: WW1: Walking Tour: A Soldier’s Journey, Home Front to Front Line

October 5: WW1: The Homefront – Our Town, WW1 Activities in South Hill

October 8: WW1: Behind the Scenes at Beatty Street Drill Hall

BCGS Harvest Supper & General Meeting – 10 September 2014

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BCGS_Harvest_Supper-poster-2014BCGS Harvest Supper & General Meeting, September 10, 2014

There will be a BC Genealogical Society Harvest Supper before the September 10th, 2014 BCGS general meeting. The dinner is from 6-7 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Street in Burnaby. Directions and map (.pdf).

The dinner features a chicken dinner, salads, a special dessert and entertainment. Please call Lynne to reserve tickets: 604 942 3663.

Tickets $10, available at the August meeting or reserve and pay at the door. Reserve your ticket now – call Lynne at 604 942 3663.  Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 9th – 12:00 noon.     Harvest Supper poster (.pdf)

The general meeting begins at 7:30.

There will be two group sessions after the meeting:

Genealogy 101 – Libraries

Irish Interest Group

Barry Kirk from the Family History Library will be available for questions about Ukrainian and Canadian Research.

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.