20th Anniversary – BCGS website: www.bcgs.ca

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.

We are in good company with others who went on-line in 1996, including Cyndi’s List which began with a page of 1,025 links and the Internet Archive. We have all thrived on-line.

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 British Columbia Genealogist – December 2015 issue

Thank you to those commenting on the journal at last night’s meeting. Glad you read and enjoy it!

Thank you to all our authors who participated in our recent article challenge – “My Ancestor Was A __________” I loved the articles, each with such a different take on the theme. As promised, there will be a prize draw – watch for that in January.

As a followup to some of the December 2015 journal articles

Home Children – Library and Archives Canada just today published a “Guide to Sending Organizations and Receiving Homes”, but apparently it’s still not public. Instead follow this link Home Children: 1869-1930 to LAC’s many resources for Home Child research. The Guide should be linked there very soon.
Check out Library and Archives Canada’s Blog too.

And this BCGS website section: British Home Children; British Child Migrants

Vancouver Province long term subscribers, 1929 – Follow the link to this new index on the BCGS website – over 2700 names from around British Columbia.

Australian marriages 1850’s/1860s – This index A-Z will be available in the Members’ Only area by next week.

And remember those Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions

As, President Rob said – Back up, Back up! Here is our Backup Your Genealogy! – and Cloud Storage resource section.

And think seriously about what will happen to your genealogy ‘when you’re gone’. Here’s our section of links to articles and templates you can use for Genealogical Legacies, Codicils, and Related Resources

And links to a few Upcoming BCGS Events and Activities

The BCGS 2016 Seminar with Chris Paton, 30 April, [Location now Richmond – 1/2016], BC. Tickets would make great Christmas presents!

Bring A Friend Membership Contest

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.