News and views on genealogy, especially in British Columbia. The chat is coming up Sunday, 1 May, at 7 pm, Pacific time, right here at www.bcgs.ca
For those who have tickets to the BCGS 2016 Seminar this Saturday, April 30th, 10 am to 4:30 pm, with Chris Paton, here is a printable map with directions to the Seminar.
Lunch is included. And the BCGS Boutique will be there.
This Seminar is sold out, no more tickets are available.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
If you are visiting us because you met or saw us at the CelticFest Vancouver Parade today, or because you are thinking about your Celtic relatives this week, welcome!
Perhaps they were from Ireland or Scotland? We do have resources here that can help you in researching these families, and we have many resources for family history research around the world. We have recommended family history web links, and meeting groups for both Irish and Scottish research, for example.
Looking for a full size version of our genealogy pedigree chart? Click here for a .pdf version of the BCGS pedigree chart that you can print out and use free of charge.
Don’t hesitate to contact us. email@example.com or call our Library in Surrey, BC at 604 502 9119.
The 1912 postcard shown above is courtesy of Wikipedia which has a nice article all about shamrocks.
[Postcard: “St. Patrick’s Day Souvenir” postmarked 1912 in the United States. On postcard: “OLD WEIR BRIDGE” Description: “1912 POSTCARD ST. PATRICK’S DAY SOUVENIR; POSTALLY USED and CANCELLED MARCH 1912” Pictured: The painting depicted is of the “Old Weir Bridge” located Dinis Cottage, in Killarney National Park, Ireland. By Artist for original postcard not credited – Postcard described above via, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9778509 ]
Our BCGS website first began in 1996, so this year we are 20!
Our site, developed by our founding webmaster, Bob Daniel, began with our own basic information and some links. Many of the other websites and computers and programmes popular in 1996 are history but some continue on, a few in other guises. Remember these from 1996? AOL, Yahoo, Infoseek, Excite, Lycos, Netscape, Compuserve and Geocities? Here’s the Washington Post‘s look at popular websites from 1996 on.
Soon BCGS.ca became bigger providing information on genealogy events and issues, like the threatened loss of Ontario land records and Bill C-32 to amend the Canadian Copyright Act in July 1997. But there was really good genealogy news then too, for instance, the 1996 decision to release British Columbia Vital Records indexes on-line at the BC Archives website.
Our first member to have a personal genealogy website listed on our site was Michelle Burton, then using uniserve.com to host her site. Her genealogy website is still up, but at the Internet Archive.
Today BCGS.ca continues as a hub for members and others looking for information about the BCGS and help with their own genealogy.
To see our BCGS website as it was in earlier years, go to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine
https://archive.org and enter these URLs.
http://www.npsnet.com/bcgs (saved from July 1, 1997 – appropriate date, eh!)
http://www.bcgs.ca (saved from 2002)
Watch for new features on BCGS.ca in the coming months to celebrate our 20th. We’ll have a historical timeline, more BCGS photographs, and much more for research, including access to the Society’s Members’ Pedigree Chart collection.
The BC Genealogical Society Annual General Meeting will be Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a location map with directions.
All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.
After the formal meeting, members of the Maple Ridge Family History Group will present their Edge Family Legacy Project.
The Maple Ridge Family History Group received a 2016 Maple Ridge Heritage Commendation Award for excellence in enhancing understanding of community history for this project which used family history research techniques to discover an early BC settler family’s story. In the process of clarifying historical questions, they have been able to place the family and its community in regional and national context.