Join the BCGS for the virtual NARA Genealogy Fair, Sept 3-4, 2013

Update – 10 September 2013.

If you missed the ‘live’ National Archives of the USA’s virtual Genealogy Fair this week – it was great! -  you will be able to see most of the presentations free on-line. Check the NARA Genealogy Fair website for information and links. Handouts are posted there.

The videos for the two days of NARA’s Genealogy Fair are now available to view:


Originally posted 26 August 2013

in Washington, DC, USA, NARA, the National Archives, USA, is having its first ever virtual Genealogy Fair, September 3-4, 2013, featuring live chat & lectures. Genealogy Fair details:

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair 2013 Poster

Click this image for this poster in .pdf format.

We’ll be ‘attending’ the Fair at the BCGS Library in Surrey BC from 10 am to 1 pm (our time) both days, so come & join us. Bring your laptop if you have one. There’s WIFI available.

We’ll have coffee, tea and some sweets, and if you’d like lunch, you can either bring one or pick something up at a nearby coffee shop or store.

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will be open 10 am to 3 pm on Tuesday as usual, and both days you’ll have access to the Library’s collections and to the on-line databases available, including American Ancestors, Ancestry Library Edition, and the Genealogical Research Library.

If you are too far away to join us in person, watch for us on Twitter bcgs_ca and Facebook. Watch and comment on the Twitter feed already right here at the home page – on your right. The NARA Genealogy Fair hashtag is #genfair2013  We’re sure many genealogists and family historians will be participating on-line.

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library is located at 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC.

Regular hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10-3, except holidays.

Telephone: 604 502-9119


BCGS Editor’s Chat – Aug 19, 2013 – 7 pm at

Join the BCGS Editor’s Chat this Monday night, August 19th, at 7 pm PDT.  **Note that the August chat time has been changed.** There will not be a chat August 26th, as the Editor is taking some family time for a happy occasion.

Ask a question about the BCGS journal or website, one of our BCGS projects, or about BC genealogy, or you can comment on genealogy news or a find. During the chats, it’s easy to add links and photos for others to see.

This is a text chat right on the main home page; no software or headphones are needed. You will be able to type your own message without registering, but if you RSVP / register ahead of time, you will be identified clearly (and you can use an avatar/image to identify yourself).


FFHS E-zine, July 2013

Federation of Family History Societies logo

The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) has a free news E-zine every 2 months. You can read this on the FFHS website or subscribe to receive it by e-mail.

This issue features news from Australia. Did you know?  August 2013 will be Family HIstory Month in Australia and New Zealand thanks to the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations, the New Zealand Society of Genealogists and support from governments, local groups and commercial companies.

And the FFHS has news from Canada too about the BC Genealogical Society’s response to the non-release of the 1921 Canadian Census. See this article: on our website.

The Federation of Family History Societies is an international organization. Its aims are to :

  • co-ordinate and assist the work of organisations interested in family history, genealogy and heraldry
  • foster co-operation and projects that help researchers
  • represent the interests of family historians, especially in the preservation and availability of archives.

The British Columbia Genealogical Society is a member of the FFHS.

BCGS Editor’s Chat tonight – 7 pm right here

Join the BCGS Editor’s Chat tonight at 7 pm PDT.

Ask a question about BCGS, BC genealogy, or share some genealogy news or a find. During the chats, we can post links and photos.

This is a text chat, so no software or even headphones needed. You should be able to type your chat message right on this post, but if you RSVP / register you will be identified clearly.

If you missed this chat, you can review it now. Some excellent comments and links to investigate.

Re the family birth mystery, as a researcher, I think we have to be open to many scenarios in cases like this. Now with DNA we have opportunities that genealogists before us couldn’t even dream of. I’d go that route if it’s feasible. And I’d keep looking for clues to the family relationships in all kinds of documents too. Mdr

BCGS Library Week and Open House – July 14-20, 2013

Only 2 days to go!

Volunteers at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, 2011

Attend the BCGS Open House Sunday, July 14 from 2-4 pm at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC. Refreshments. All interested are welcome to attend. A feature this year will be a look at the new Members’ Only area of this website.

BCGS Volunteers welcome you!

The annual BCGS free Library Week is Monday, July 15 to Saturday, July 20, open 10 am to 3 pm. Different geographic areas and talks featured each day, but drop in and ask for assistance with your particular search any of the days.

See all the details and a schedule of the talks here.

The Library has over 14,000 worldwide books and CDs, and much more including journals and magazines, microfilm and fiche, and unique indexes and collections. Subscription databases available free to visitors now include Ancestry Library Edition, Genealogical Research Library and American Ancestors – and new this month is access to Come and check these sites out.

Our thanks to HomeLife Select Realty which is allowing us extra parking spots for Library Week this year. Look for parking spots numbered 211 and 212.  A library volunteer will give you a pass to place on your dashboard.

Editor’s Chat – 7 pm, June 24, 2013

There will be another Editor’s Chat here Monday June 24th, 2013 at 7 pm.

Join us to chat about upcoming events like the BCGS Library Week, or the BC Pioneers or the BC War Memorials projects, or how to submit an article for the BCGS journal or website, or to ask another genealogy related question.

It’s a text chat, so you should be able to just type into the box. And you can share links and photos. Use Facebook or Twitter to register if you’d like to use your avatar (picture) to identify your comments. We are using for these chats. We do monitor all comments.

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The last comments may not have registered properly so just in case:

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    • Next chat – July 22, 2013 7 pm. Right here at If you have a question or genealogy news you’d like announced you can send it ahead if you like to: