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

Reminder – BCGS Seminar – 31 May, 2014

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A reminder that early bird prices for the Saturday, May 31st, 2014 BCGS Seminar with Audrey Collins and Geoff Doherty are in effect only till April 30th.


  • The National Archives of the UK – Audrey Collins. Researching English and Welsh records from a distance, including those records for Scotland and Ireland held at the National Archives
  •  The London Gazette – Audrey Collins.
  • Finding Your Australian Cousins –   Geoff Doherty

Seminar Registration: Early Bird Prices until April 30, 2014 – Tickets $45.00 for BCGS & Affiliate Society members; $55.00 for non-members. Refreshments and lunch included. Download the revised BCGS Seminar 2014 brochure. (.pdf)  Great door prizes too, including a Find My Past membership.

After May 1st, the prices increase to $55.00 for BCGS & Affiliate Society Members and to $65.00 for non-members.

Registration options: on-line with PayPay on this website, or by phone or e-mail, or at a BCGS meeting or event.

For details, including contact info and PayPal links see the 2014 BCGS Seminar webpage: http://www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=2511

Genealogy & related events -in Surrey & in Castlegar & Parksville, BC

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Events coming up in Crescent Beach in Surrey, March 19th and in Castlegar, May 3rd, 2014 and at Parksville, May 24th.

Alexandra Neighbourhood House hosts Lit Cafe 2 – Histories: Our Community, Ourselves, an evening of readings showcasing the work of five talented, award-winning local authors reading from their works of biography and history.

The event is Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 7-9 pm in the newly-inaugurated Reading Room at Alexandra Neighbourhood House, 2916 McBride Ave. in Crescent Beach.

Confirmed readers so far: Julie Ferguson, Andrea Lister (editor of British Columbia History), and Robert Mackay.

In addition to the readings, the evening includes opportunities for questions and answers, and an open mic portion for any who might want to share their own works. Refreshments will be available, and there will be an opportunity to purchase works published by the authors.

For more information, please contact Neil Fernyhough, Coordinator of Community Programs, at 604 618 2357 (ext 236) or at communityprograms@alexhouse.net.

The West Kootenay Family Historians Society`s 25th anniversary genealogy workshop, “Tracing Your Family Tree“ will be at Selkirk College in Castlegar on Saturday, May 3, 2014   Registration for the workshop is through Selkirk College.

Topics for beginners and experienced researchers.

  • Did you glean all there was from the Census record?, Donna Fraser
  • Local history as viewed through historic West Kootenay postcards, Greg Nesteroff
  • Aboriginal issues in genealogy. Jackie Cole
  • Planning a successful family history research trip, Donna Fraser

Details of the“Tracing Your Family Tree“ seminar can be viewed at: www.wkfamilyhistorians.wordpress.com

The Qualicum Beach Family History Society’s seminar, Unlocking the Past, is Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Tigh Na Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre in Parksville, BC.

Speakers are:

1. Merritt (Biff) Barnes of California, USA
2. Nancy Barnes of California, USA
3. Audrey Collins of London, UK
4. Lyn Meehan of Edmonton, AB
5. James Tanner of Arizona, USA

For Unlocking the Past details, see the Qualicum Beach Family History website: http://qbfhs.ca/events-education/2013-05-31-18-50-43