The BCGS Members’ Research Tip for 1 March 2014 is: Change Things Up!
Or as Grandma (born in 1884) used to say, “A change is as good as a rest.”
Sometimes when a genealogy research path seems blocked, adding something ‘new to you’ to the research mix saves a lot of frustration. Do you use mostly the same ‘big’ databases, the same search engine, or even the same library? Plan for a few changes and see what happens.
A few suggestions might be to try
- Cyndi’s List for newer smaller websites in your area of interest. Many volunteers are putting up their own collections of family or local data and images. CyndisList.com is over 15 years old, and better than ever: http://www.cyndislist.com You can check out the newest links directly by following this Cyndi’s List What’s New link.
- the MillionShort search engine gives you results minus the top one million most popular web sites: https://millionshort.com Can’t hurt to try and you may be pleasantly surprised with new results for your usual genealogy search terms.
- and even if the library you usually use, perhaps the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, is almost perfect, another may have a collection of research files or indexes that could benefit you. (And if you aren’t regularly looking at the BCGS Library, make a change here.) Nowadays you may not even have to visit to take advantage of special collections so look for one that’s in your geographical area of interest and find out what’s there. If you want to visit a library that’s not too far away, arrange with other local genealogists to make a field trip out of it. You’ll all benefit from the companionship and genealogy talk you’ll share.
Due to the inclement weather, the BCGS Walter Draycott Library is closed today, Tuesday, 25 February 2014.
In the meantime, you might investigate the BCGS Worldwide Research Links section and do some on-line research safely at home today. Should you have suggestions for additional links, please contact the BCGS webmasters.
In The Tunnel, coloured postcard.Bamforth & Co., Publishers, Holmworth (England) and New York. Series No. 1266. Published in England.
Not a romantic message, alas, but could be very interesting to someone.
Mailed from Moncton, NB to Miss Harriet Russel, c/o Mrs. Helen Russel, B-Ville, N. Y. Postmarked Moncton, Aug 14 8:30 AM 1908.
Message: To J. H. Corbett
Moncton, N. B. August 13, 08
Well Hello Hattie and how are all of the people there we are all well. I suppose you hear from Geo. Blaurer but we have not saw him yet. Good Bye.
From Chas. & Harry. P.
Here is the BCGS DNA Group handout ready for tonight’s discussion (.pdf).
I will add to it after the meeting to include other information, questions or websites which may be mentioned.
M. Diane Rogers, DNA Group Facilitator
Reminder: The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
The group sessions after the general meeting will be:
Canada – Maps & Land Records, Ontario – Judith Ueland
DNA Special Interest Group – Introduction to using charts & an update on what’s new (BigY test, prices, news from RootsTech) – Diane Rogers
Learn about Twitter for Genealogy at the free sessions to be held at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC on:
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and/or,
Saturday, February 22, 2014 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Free, but you do need to register ahead of time as space is limited, e-mail Eunice at email@example.com till Feb. 14th, or Lorraine, firstname.lastname@example.org after Feb 14th.
And Early Bird priced tickets are for sale now for the May 31st BCGS seminar with Audrey Collins from the National Archives of the UK and Geoff Doherty from Australia. See the details on our BCGS 2014 Seminar page and download the brochure which has more information on the speakers and their topics.
Keep an eye on the BCGS website Calendar as we post information there on all upcoming events as soon as we have details. March 12, 2014 will be the BCGS Annual General Meeting. Speaker: Peter Whitlock on Using Wills to Link the Generations.
The BCGS Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group meets Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
Time: 1:00 PM.
Note a slight change in location for this meeting only.
Location: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver, in the Morris J. Wosk Board Room (not in the Board Breakout Room this time) on the 7th Floor.
Bring your ideas, questions and latest discoveries. We are a friendly, helpful group. Diane R will be just home from the RootsTech 2014 conference and no doubt will have some genealogy news.
Anyone interested in genealogy and family history is welcome. Learn more about our Vancouver Genealogy group at Meetup.com