BCGS Editor’s Chat, Sept 30, 2015

News and views on genealogy, especially in British Columbia. The chat is coming up Wednesday, 30 September, at 7 pm, Pacific time, right here at www.bcgs.ca

Ooops! Somehow I gave the wrong date for the Genealogy Do-Over start – it is this Friday as I said, but Friday 2 Oct. 2015 (not Oct. 9 as I said). Here’s a weblink with all the info: http://ow.ly/SRo7j

BCGS Journal Theme – December 2015 – “My Relative Was A ____________”

Our December 2015 theme offers writers a great deal of latitude. Want to write about someone who was a blacksmith or a milliner? Or a suffragette or an orator, a British Home Child, or even a forger or a bigamist?

Any length is acceptable. Journal deadline is November 9, 2015. Please contact the Editor if you have questions or ideas to discuss. editor @ bcgs.ca

The BCGS Research links on this website include Occupations. (If you have new links to suggest for this section, please e-mail webmaster @ bcgs.ca )

To start you off with some ideas, here is Marianne Soltau’s index to a series on ‘Old Occupations’ in the Family Tree Magazine (UK). These magazines are all available in our Library, as are many other related books and articles.

Old Occupations Article Index - Family Tree Magazine (UK)

wdt_IDOLD OCCUPATIONMONTH/YEAR
wdt_IDOLD OCCUPATIONMONTH/YEAR
1 Maltster 01/03/1989
2 Potter 01/04/1989
3 Toll-Gate Keeper 01/05/1989
4 Fisherman 01/06/1989
5 Customs Officer 01/08/1989
6 Strawplaiter 01/10/1989
7 Pugilist 01/12/1989
8 Weaver 01/01/1990
9 Frame Work Knitter (FWK) 01/02/1990
10 Frame Work Knitter (FWK) 01/03/1990


Descendancy and related searches

Selected sources for descendancy research, mainly related to British Columbia.

Genealogical descendancy research is often useful in legal cases, tracing heirs, for example, in genealogical cousin quests, in finding relatives who emigrated to Canada, or in adoption or related searches.

Initial sources could include older birth, marriage and death registrations and censuses, obituaries, certainly cemetery information, city directories, and voters’ lists, and perhaps probate records or land records.

The BC Genealogical Society (BCGS)’s BC Research Committee does offer lookup services for many types of BC records and for BCGS’s unique resources.
For BC Newspapers on-line, see the BCGS Newspaper and Obituaries page
For BC Cemeteries, see the BCGS Cemetery Committee page

Easy Steps to Descendancy Research, 4 min. video/handout, FamilySearch Learning Center lesson: https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/easy-steps-to-descendancy-research/877

Descendancy Research, 40 min. video, FamilySearch Learning Center lesson: https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/descendancy-research/568

BC Vital Statistics Agency.

Historical birth, marriage and death registration records are indexed and available on-line at both the BC Archives and FamilySearch websites. Neither website has all the records, so you may need to search both.
BC Archives, Genealogy: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/basicSearch
FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1929958?region=Canada&englishRegion=Canada
Contact the BC Vital Statistics Agency for information on obtaining more recent documents and for adoption records: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/vital-statistics
Adoption Records: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/vital-statistics/births-adoptions/adoptions/adoption-records

BC Adoption Reunion Registry: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/adoption/reunion/
Adoption Reunion Registry Stories: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/adoption/reunion/reunion_stories.htm

BC Directories to 1955, free at Vancouver Public Library in Online Resources, Local History: http://www.vpl.ca/find/cat/C1000/ The BCGS Library has directories and telephone books – see the BCGS on-line directory catalogue. Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch and other libraries may have directories and telephone books which are not yet on-line. For BC local libraries, see the BCGS BC Public Libraries page

1921 Canadian Census, indexed. Free at Ancestry.ca: http://www.ancestry.ca/1921census

1901/1911 Canada census, also 1906 Canadian prairies census, Indexed; free, Automated Genealogy: http://www.automatedgenealogy.com/

Canadian national voters’ lists, 1936-1980. $ Ancestry.com. The BCGS Library and some local libraries may offer free access to Ancestry Library Edition: www.ancestry.ca Regional and local archives may have provincial and civic voters’ lists. See MemoryBC for contact details for archival repositories in BC and to search for record descriptions.

Forget Me Not Society: www.adoptioncircles.net

Adoptive Families Association of BC:
www.adoptionbc.com

Parent Finders: www.parentfindersottawa.ca

DNA and adoption research, Richard Hill. Richard Hill is the author of Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA (2012) and Guide to DNA Testing: How to Identify Ancestors, Confirm Relationships, and Measure Ethnic Ancestry through DNA Testing (2014): www.DNA-testing-advisor.com

DNAAdoption – “A team of knowledgeable genealogists, citizen scientists, geneticists and IT professionals” offering information, advice and on-line classes to anyone looking for “unknown ancestors”: http://www.dnaadoption.com/

Yukon man obtains citizenship despite no birth certificate, May 22, 2015, City News: http://www.citynews.ca/2015/05/22/decades-long-citizenship-battle-ends-for-yukon-man-whos-now-officially-canadian/

BC Genealogist – An Index of indexes published 2004 on

Many very useful smaller indexes have been published in The British Columbia Genealogist over the years. A number of these, compiled by M. Diane Rogers from 2004 on, are indexed here by surname, given names, and place and year of residence or of the record indexed. Most, but not all, names shown were British Columbia residents.

This beta index will soon be updated as the individual indexes are not yet in uniform formats.

If you find a relative in this index, please contact the BCGS BC Research Committee for a lookup of all the information from the index.

SURNAMEGIVEN NAMESPLACEYEARPUBLICATION
A.B.Vancouver1903Mar-12
AllenFredVancouver1903Mar-12
AmbergGusVancouver1903Mar-12
An EnglishmanVancouver1903Mar-12
B.N.K.Vancouver1903Mar-12
BensonMr.Vancouver1903Mar-12
BjerroP.J.Vancouver1903Mar-12
BowmanC.Vancouver1903Mar-12
CarlsonLenaVancouver1903Mar-12
DayJ.Vancouver1903Mar-12
DeckerJ.W.Vancouver1903Mar-12
DykeGeorge J.Vancouver1903Mar-12
ElderstromG.Vancouver1903Mar-12
FilchMrs. F.Vancouver1903Mar-12
FourthC.Vancouver1903Mar-12
FredericksonGusVancouver1903Mar-12
GoodnameA.N.Vancouver1903Mar-12
GoransonS.Vancouver1903Mar-12
GrauerR.Vancouver1903Mar-12
GrauerHarryVancouver1903Mar-12
GrondlandF.Vancouver1903Mar-12
HansonL.Vancouver1903Mar-12
HendryJVancouver1903Mar-12
HendryJ.Vancouver1903Mar-12
HentonJ.M.Vancouver1903Mar-12
JohnstonA.Vancouver1903Mar-12
KilburgErickVancouver1903Mar-12
LarsonWilfridVancouver1903Mar-12
LarsonMrs. S.Vancouver1903Mar-12
LarsonP.Vancouver1903Mar-12
LarsonVictorVancouver1903Mar-12
LipsettE.Vancouver1903Mar-12
MelbeschFred.Vancouver1903Mar-12
MinatyR.Vancouver1903Mar-12
MohrChas.Vancouver1903Mar-12
MortonF.C.Vancouver1903Mar-12
NelsonA.Vancouver1903Mar-12
NelsonO.Vancouver1903Mar-12
NisinH.Vancouver1903Mar-12
PatonJamesVancouver1903Mar-12
PetersonS.Vancouver1903Mar-12
R.C.S.Vancouver1903Mar-12
RellsJ.T.Vancouver1903Mar-12
S.M.Vancouver1903Mar-12
SchouGeo.Vancouver1903Mar-12
SchwahnC.Vancouver1903Mar-12
SchwahnA.Vancouver1903Mar-12
StahlbergH.Vancouver1903Mar-12
SwansonMamieVancouver1903Mar-12
SwansonJustusVancouver1903Mar-12
TofteMrs.Vancouver1903Mar-12
TofteCapt.Vancouver1903Mar-12
Toronto GirlVancouver1903Mar-12
TunnarsonG.Vancouver1903Mar-12
TurnerT.Vancouver1903Mar-12
WaggGeo.Vancouver1903Mar-12
WedoonW.Vancouver1903Mar-12
WilsonJ.P.Vancouver1903Mar-12
LordArthurVancouver1931Dec-11
BarwiseMrs. W. R.Vancouver1931Dec-11
RobinsonW. T.Vancouver1931Dec-11
Nicholson, P.T.P. T.Vancouver1931Dec-11
McLeodD.Vancouver1931Dec-11
BoydG. H. G.Vancouver1931Dec-11
FranklinG.H.Vancouver1931Dec-11
LaceyW. R.Vancouver1931Dec-11
Vancouver1931Dec-11
MunroW. A.Vancouver1931Dec-11
ShephardW. H.Vancouver1931Dec-11
PriorJ.Vancouver1931Dec-11
RichardsonH.Vancouver1931Dec-11
TuckT.Vancouver1931Dec-11
EdwardsMrs. J.Vancouver1931Dec-11
ThomsonJ.Vancouver1931Dec-11
Vancouver1931Dec-11
MacDonaldD. A.Vancouver1931Dec-11
Elsey.E.Vancouver1931Dec-11
HarrintonJ. D.Vancouver1931Dec-11
PatersonJ. S.Vancouver1931Dec-11
MoneyR.Vancouver1931Dec-11
DarlingR. A.Vancouver1931Dec-11
MorrisonA. M.Vancouver1931Dec-11
McFaddenMrs. J.Vancouver1931Dec-11
Vancouver1931Dec-11
McKayB.Vancouver1931Dec-11
LundyC.Vancouver1931Dec-11
PiperR. E.Vancouver1931Dec-11
Vancouver1931Dec-11
BoydG. H. G.Vancouver1931Dec-11
McGiveronJ.Vancouver1931Dec-11
HolmesJ. M.Vancouver1931Dec-11
WrightM.Vancouver1931Dec-11
NewpointP.Vancouver1931Dec-11
StrongA. B.Vancouver1931Dec-11
PettindreighG.Vancouver1931Dec-11
LakeGeorgeVancouver1931Dec-11
Huntoon & Co.Lillooet Flat1860Jun-12
Rose & PetersonLillooet Flat1860Jun-12
CranerT.Lillooet Flat1860Jun-12
CollinsGeo.McCrea's Bar1860Jun-12
LewisR. X.McCrea's Bar.1860Jun-12
BraffortE. A.Sailor's Bar1860Jun-12
HeywardMarkDry Diggings, above Lytton1860Jun-12
PotterG. B.Mormon Bar, above Lytton1860Jun-12
DavisJ. W.Fort Alexander1860Jun-12
GriffinE.Fort Yale1860Jun-12
Crain, M DFort Yale1860Jun-12
SteeleHenryFort Yale Bar1860Jun-12
HooeyJ. P.Port Douglas1860Jun-12
DavisH. F.Lytton1860Jun-12
GeraldJas. F.Fort Hope1860Jun-12
BattertonJas. H.1860Jun-12
WilliamsTho.Bamboo Bar1860Jun-12
CookThos.Bamboo Bar1860Jun-12
BuckleyWm.Sailor's Bar1860Jun-12
HallettJohnPike's Bar1860Jun-12
BurtMrs. CharlesVancouver1933Dec-12
CarmichaelDuncanVancouver1933Dec-12
CorbinR.J.Vancouver1933Dec-12
CrankeJamesVancouver1933Dec-12
CurtisFrank A.Vancouver1933Dec-12
DeLandeA. W.Vancouver1933Dec-12
DobsonH. D.Vancouver1933Dec-12
FingueneiselMiss AndreaVancouver1933Dec-12
ForgieMrs. L.Vancouver1933Dec-12
FrewenA.Vancouver1933Dec-12
GellH. G.Vancouver1933Dec-12
GrantJ. R.Vancouver1933Dec-12
JonesT. H.Vancouver1933Dec-12
Four Jorgeson Kids1Vancouver1933Dec-12
KirbyBarneyVancouver1933Dec-12
MaylsMiss G.Vancouver1933Dec-12
McAllisterC. B.Vancouver1933Dec-12
TimmonsJ. F.Vancouver1933Dec-12
TyermanMrs. M.E.Vancouver1933Dec-12
WhalleyPercyVancouver1933Dec-12
APPSJ.H.Strawberry Hill, B.C.1911Mar-13
BELLMrs. A.G.Windthorst, Sask.1911Mar-13
BILLIARDEF.J.Winnipeg1911Mar-13
BOWESA.S.Kenton, Manitoba1911Mar-13
BRAINEW.O.Castor, Alta.1911Mar-13
BRANDONH.N.Vancouver1911Mar-13
CLARKJohn A.Fairmont, Indiana1911Mar-13
COOPERA.S.Los Angeles, Cal.1911Mar-13
DALEA.Victoria, B.C.1911Mar-13
DOWELLMrs. T.J.San Diego, Cal.1911Mar-13
HARMANWinnipeg, Man.1911Mar-13
HAVERINGFlorenceVancouver, B.C.1911Mar-13
MAWHINNEYW.Yeomans, Sask.1911Mar-13
MCCARRONPatrickWallaceburg, Ont.1911Mar-13
MCLEODC.H.London, Ont1911Mar-13
MILLERBlakeAylmer, Ontario1911Mar-13
NETTLETONLucyNelson, B.C.1911Mar-13
NOBLEEarlNew Westminster, B.C.1911Mar-13
OLSONM.Winnipeg, Man.1911Mar-13
PARRMrs.Vancouver, B.C.1911Mar-13
PHILLIPSW.M.Brockville, Ont.1911Mar-13
ROBERTSMiss E.G.Vancouver1911Mar-13
SAUNDERSJ.L.Vancouver1911Mar-13
SCHROEDERP.H.Vancouver1911Mar-13
SEABORNEH.M.Vancouver, B.C.1911Mar-13
SIMONDSJ.Wellington, B.C.1911Mar-13
SMITHAliceNew Westminster, B.C.1911Mar-13
SONDERSONR.G.Grand Valley, Ont.1911Mar-13
WADEM.S.Kamloops, B.C.1911Mar-13
WALKERMaryPerth, Ontario1911Mar-13
WHISLERA.W.Kansas City, Missouri1911Mar-13
LewisMrs. W.H.New Westminster1958Sep-13
WhiteMrs. Fred E.North Vancouver1958Sep-13
TurnbullMrs. W. H. - Margaretauthor's wife1958Sep-13
FreemanMrs.Milner1958Sep-13
ThompsonMrs. GeorgeStrawberry Hill1958Sep-13
McAllanMrs. NormanLadner1958Sep-13
HoltMrs. J. H.Kennedy1958Sep-13
VermaasMrs.Scott Road1958Sep-13
ChamberlainMrs. R.A.Chilco St., Vancouver1958Sep-13
MuirMrs. Ada L.New Westminster; Langley Prairie1958Sep-13
StreetMrs. C. F.Haney1958Sep-13
HallMrs. H. - Viola – née Riddock16 Mile1958Sep-13
WarrenMrs. Chas. - AliceVictoria1958Sep-13
MorleyMrs. A.Fort Langley1958Sep-13
GreenwoodFlorence A.Sassenos1958Sep-13
BateRubyNelson1958Sep-13
PittsKaye, Pte.Russell, Manitoba;1943Jun-14
MazurMyrtle, Pte.Onanole, Manitoba; .1943Jun-14
MaynellFrankie, Pte.Vancouver1943Jun-14
OlafsonAnne, Pte.Winnipeg1943Jun-14
AllenMrs. M. V.Quesnel1917Dec-14
AndersonMrs. D. H.Quesnel1917Dec-14
BakerMrs. A.Quesnel1917Dec-14
BakerMrs. G. R.Quesnel1917Dec-14
BarlowMrs. M. E.Cottonwood1917Dec-14
BeatonMrs. A. L.Van Winkle1917Dec-14
BoydMiss AliceCottonwood1917Dec-14
BoydMiss MapleCottonwood1917Dec-14
BradyMrs. J.Quesnel1917Dec-14
BrierlyMrs. BessieQuesnel1917Dec-14
BrownMrs. Lena H.Barkerville1917Dec-14
CameronMrs. WilliamMacalister1917Dec-14
ChampionMiss E.Quesnel1917Dec-14
CowanMrs. J.Quesnel1917Dec-14
CurtisMrs. A. F.Quesnel1917Dec-14
EarleyMrs. O. A.Quesnel1917Dec-14
FootMrs. C. S.1917Dec-14
FraserMrs. J. A.Quesnel1917Dec-14
GreyMrs. E. E.Alexandria1917Dec-14
HaggenMrs. R. W.Quesnel1917Dec-14
HayMrs. C. D.Quesnel1917Dec-14
HilbornS. L.Alexandria1917Dec-14
HilbornMiss V. PearlAlexandria1917Dec-14
HillMrs. J. L.1917Dec-14
HillMrs. J. F.Quesnel1917Dec-14
HutchcroftMrs. J. G.1917Dec-14
JohnsonMrs. C. V.Quesnel1917Dec-14
JohnstonMiss1917Dec-14
JohnstonMrs. R. C.1917Dec-14
KeenMrs. C.Quesnel1917Dec-14
KellyMrs. WilliamBarkerville1917Dec-14
KraemerMrs. H. T.Quesnel1917Dec-14
LeBourdaisMrs. L.Quesnel1917Dec-14
LeonardMrs. Chas.Quesnel1917Dec-14
LeonardMrs. R. A.Castle Rock1917Dec-14
MaclureMrs. L. C.Quesnel1917Dec-14
MarionMrs. T.Quesnel1917Dec-14
MchaffeyMrs.Quesnel1917Dec-14
MiddletonMrs. E. A.Alexandria1917Dec-14
MoffatMrs. H.1917Dec-14
MoffatMrs. R.Alexandria1917Dec-14
MountfieldMrs. A.Quesnel1917Dec-14
NicholsonMiss EleanorQuesnel1917Dec-14
PeelMrs. E. J.Castle Rock1917Dec-14
PickardMrs. GeorgeSoda Creek1917Dec-14
PrefontaineMiss ClaireAlexandria1917Dec-14
RaymondMiss D.Quesnel1917Dec-14
RoddickMrs. E. M.Barkerville1917Dec-14
RomeMrs.Kersley1917Dec-14
RowedMrs. M. E.Alexandria1917Dec-14
SharkeyMrs. P.Quesnel1917Dec-14
ShepherdMrs. J.Kersely1917Dec-14
SimisterMrs. J.Quesnel1917Dec-14
SmithMrs. S.1917Dec-14
StaeblerMrs. C.Quesnel1917Dec-14
StoneMrs. M.Barkerville1917Dec-14
StrandMrs. J.1917Dec-14
ThompsonMrs. J.Quesnel1917Dec-14
VaughanMrs. A. S.Quesnel1917Dec-14
WardMiss DorothyQuesnel1917Dec-14
WindtMrs. Alex.Alexandria1917Dec-14
YorstonMrs. RobersAlexandria1917Dec-14
YorstonMrs. J. M.Alexandria1917Dec-14
BLACKMajor J.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
BLAIRMajor J.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
CATTOMajor W. R.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
CHRISTIANSONLt. G. C.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
COOKLt. Col. C. H.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
DAVIDSONMajor L. A.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
DICKSON, MCMajor N. W. , MCWashington, DC1946Mar-10
DOERKSENCapt. C. J.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
EDELBERGLt. J. H.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
FASTLt. A. H.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
FASTLt. J.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
GRAYCapt. W. K.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
HALLSM K.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
HAMILTONLt. (N/S) P. M.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
HELMANMajor L. G.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
JAMIESON (C.W.A.C.)Lt. D. R.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
KELLSSG. V.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
KINSMANCapt J. L.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
KRUGCol. C. A.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
LETSONMajor-General H. F. G.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
LOWMajor J. R.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
MCCLENNANMajor J. W.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
MCCOYLt. Col. T. R.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
MILNEMajor A.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
NEUFELDMajor A. H.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
PASCHMajor R. A.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
PENDERGASTCapt. J. F.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
PENFIELDCapt. W. G.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
PERCYMajor W. C.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
PURDYMajor E. C.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
RANEYLt. Col. F. E.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
RODGERBrigadier N. E.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
ROGERSMajor G. W.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
SHAW (?)Sgt. H.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
SMITHMajor H.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
SPRUNG, MCLt. Col. G. M. C.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
SWAN (C.W.A.C.)Capt. M. A.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
WODEHOUSECapt. R. F.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
WOODCapt. T. A.Washington, DC1946Mar-10
WilmotW.Fernie1900Mar-10
GeeA. W.Fernie1900Mar-10
CreeArthur H.Fernie1900Mar-10
WardR. C.Fernie1900Mar-10
MacLennanD. F. W.Fernie1900Mar-10
HawesHarryFernie1900Mar-10
HammondR.Fernie1900Mar-10
HendersonR. L.Fernie1900Mar-10
KastnerM.Fernie1900Mar-10
RobbBarendPitt Meadows1927Mar-10
NicolaGimondiPort Coquitlam1927Mar-10
LaumailletHenry EugeneMaillardville1927Mar-10
RypdalOleSurrey1927Mar-10
JosokHans Petter K.Fraser Mills1927Mar-10
HedlandLouisHarrison Hot Springs1927Mar-10
FletcherGeorge ErnestMission1927Mar-10
StanoskiJohnYale1927Mar-10

Happy British Columbia Day!

Today it’s British Columbia Day! Most around the province will be relaxing or otherwise enjoying our great summer weather.

Some may feel sad that archives and libraries are closed today, as is our own BCGS Walter Draycott Library, but there’s plenty to do on-line here if you have your device at the beach or elsewhere and need to get some research done.

On our own BC Genealogical Society website, among many other things, for free you can

  1. Check to see if one of our members shares your surnames.
  2. Search our BC Pioneer registry for your British Columbia families here before 1900.
  3. Use our database of on-line BC newspapers to find an obituary.
  4. Locate an article in our journal index for The British Columbia Genealogist.
  5. Copy a postcard image from our international Postcard Galleries for your personal use

And if you’re a BCGS member, sign-in to the BCGS Members’ Area for more indexes and information.

Not already a BC Genealogical Society member? Join on-line today – learn about our BCGS Membership Benefits.