This month’s British Columbia Genealogical Society’s research tip is:
Don’t always search ‘the same old way’ on every genealogical website.
Both speakers at the BCGS seminar last month had specific tips for searching some of the websites they discussed. For example, don’t always use that attractive ‘just enter your name’ search box. Check to see if there is an advanced search facility which will let you focus your search in certain collections, or on certain media, for instance, only in digitized documents or images.
And if you see search terms you’re not familar with, don’t hesitate to look for help. For example, the use of ‘Boolean’ search operators may be mentioned or recommended. Here’s a look at these – “What Does Boolean Search Mean” by Wendy Boswell, About.com.
Please note that registration for the 2014 BCGS Seminar is now closed. All tickets have been sold.
Reminder – The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting will be Wednesday, May 14, at 7:30pm in the Downstairs Hall at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a map here.
Special session following the business meeting: A close look at using the BCGS website with the BCGS webmistresses.
Upcoming BCGS Seminar: Tickets are still available for the May 31 BCGS seminar with Audrey Collins from The National Archives of the UK and Geoff Doherty from Australia. Buy tickets by phone or on-line. See all the details on the BCGS 2014 Seminar page and download the 2014 Seminar brochure.
Check the BCGS website Calendar for information there on all upcoming events. These are posted as soon as details are available. June 17 and 21, for instance, there will be Twitter and Genealogy sessions at the BCGS Library, the annual BCGS Library Open House will be Sunday, July 13, and BCGS Library Week will be July 14-21. Plan to bring interested family, friends and neighbours to these free events.
Vancouver Genealogy Discussion – bring your ideas, questions and latest discoveries. It’s a friendly, helpful group – all interested in genealogy and family history are welcome. Continue reading
Would you like to learn about using Facebook and Twitter in your genealogy and family history research?
Each will help you search for family, let others know about your genealogy interests, and alert you to new or recommended genealogy and family history resources.
Have questions about posting images, chatting, sharing, privacy or about the lingo? (What’s a hashtag? a timeline, a tweet, #FF, Surname Saturday?)
Attend the upcoming sessions at the BCGS Library in the Boardroom with M. Diane Rogers in June and July. Continue reading
The newest issue of The Offspring, the British Columbia Genealogical Society’s e-newsletter for May 2014, is now free to download.
Beginning with the 2013 issues, as throughout 2014, we are featuring World War I Centennial resources in The Offspring, as well as genealogical and related news and views from around the world.
The Offspring, May 2014, Vol 5 #1 (.pdf file)
Previous e-newsletters are available in our BCGS Publications Archives area.
Reminder – right now it’s only 27 days and 20 hours (!) till the start of the 2014 BCGS Seminar in Richmond, BC with speakers Audrey Collins from The National Archives of the UK and Geoff Doherty from Australia. Tickets are going quickly; space is limited. All the details are on the BCGS 2014 Seminar page. Just click here. Non-BCGS members are welcome; as are BCGS affiliate group members.