BCGS General Meeting – April 9, 2014, Burnaby, BC

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Reminder: The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Talk by M. Diane Rogers  - “Only £8 worth of things left” — the case of Henry Parker’s bankruptcy – how his financial woes helped my family history research.

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane’s Your Aunt. She’s been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and even further afield.

Upcoming BCGS Event:  Early Bird priced tickets are still available for the May 31st BCGS seminar with Audrey Collins from The National Archives of the UK and Geoff Doherty from Australia. The April meeting will be the last chance to buy tickets in person before the price goes up! Tickets are also available by phone or on-line. See all the details on the BCGS 2014 Seminar page and download the brochure.

BACKUP Your Data today! It’s World Backup Day

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A bonus genealogy tip today – it’s World Backup Day, March 31st, so if you don’t already, arrange to backup your files automatically and regularly! No genealogist or family historian can afford to lose their hard won research or their pictures or other family files.

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If you are wondering how to do this, here’s an article one of my favourite techy people, Bob Rankin, just posted that gives advice and some free alternatives for backup - Free Online Backup and Software Options (at AskBobRankin.com – many more useful articles there.)   Continue reading

Federation of Family History Societies – Celebrating 40th Anniversary

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The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year.  The FFHS now serves 180 national, regional, local genealogical and family history and one-name study societies around the world, including the BC Genealogical Society, a long time member.

The FFHS has recently published the 2014 version of its free “Really Useful Information Leaflet” which, as this year is the Centennial of the start of World War I, features an article on “Researching Your [British] World War One Ancestors” by Simon Fowler and a list of useful websites for WW I research.

The leaflet also gives information about all the FFHS’ members with contact details.

There is also an “Australasian Really Useful Information Leaflet”.

BCGS AGM & Wills Research presentation – March 12, 2014

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BCGS Annual General Meeting & Wills Research Presentation – March 12, 2014, Burnaby, BC

The BC Genealogical Society Annual General Meeting is Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a location map with directions.

After the AGM, Peter Whitlock will present Using Wills to Link the Generations, demonstrating how you can use Wills to bring together data from other sources, linking the generations together as a family – even between generations that moved many miles from their original ancestral home.

Peter Whitlock has forty-five years of experience with genealogical research. His area of expertise is his Whitlock Family One Name Study and Association.  Peter is a long time BC Genealogical Society member and a Past President.

Refreshments. All interested in genealogy and family history are welcome to attend.

Upcoming event – BCGS Seminar with Audrey Collins from England and Geoff Doherty from Australia, Saturday, 31 May,  2014, in Richmond, BC. See the BCGS 2014 Seminar information here. Tickets available at the BCGS meeting, or through the 2014 BCGS Seminar webpage, or by telephone or mail.

BCGS General Monthly Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church.

BCGS Vancouver Genealogy Group meets March 11, 2014

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Vancouver Theatre Row 1951

The BCGS Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group meets Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM.

Location: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver, in the Board Breakout Room on the 7th Floor.

Bring your ideas, questions and latest discoveries. We are a friendly, helpful group.

Anyone interested in genealogy and family history is welcome. Learn more about our group at Vancouver Genealogy group

The photograph above shows a rainy evening image of part of ‘Theatre Row’ on Granville Street in Vancouver, BC in 1951. (North from Nelson Street.) Courtesy of Vancouver Public LIbrary Special Collections, Artray Ltd. photograph, # 81525. Accessed 8 March 2014 on The Commons at Flickr.com.

For more about Artray Ltd. photographs of post World War II Vancouver, see the VPL Artray Photograph Collection: https://www.vpl.ca/artray/index.html

For more about VPL’s historical photograph collections, go to: www.vpl.ca/historicalphotos