BCGS E-mail Updates – New look

A new BCGS e-mail update was sent out today via e-mail with a reminder about the BCGS 2013 seminar, next Saturday, 27 April 2013.

Our e-mail updates have changed in appearance quite a bit and are coming to members and  friends of the British Columbia Genealogical Society via MailChimp.

We hope you like our ‘new decor’. This change will make it easy for you to update your e-mail address by clicking the appropriate link in the e-mails or to sign up for our Genealogy Updates if you aren’t already receiving them. There’s now a signup box just on the right side of the BCGS home page. This also allows the BCGS webmasters to better automate some tasks and schedule updates regularly.

And it allows us to add photographs and even perhaps other media to our communications for you to enjoy.  As always, you can reach the BCGS webmasters at:

Canadian troops, Vernon, BC in 1915.

Canadian soldiers at Vernon, BC in 1915.
Private Collection.

The BCGS Offspring E-newsletter is back

The BCGS quarterly e-newsletter, The Offspring, is back. Look for the latest issue on the BCGS Publication Archives page.

The BCGS Offspring Vol 4 No 1 Spring 2013

Thank you to Rob Whitlock for his assistance with the new Offspring.

We hope that members and others will send in their research tips, short stories or news for future issues. Please contact the BCGS Editor: or by mail, c/o the Society’s address below.

Eastern European family history research – free webinar 23 Jan 2013

News for those researching family in Eastern Europe -

There’s a free webinar this week, Best Internet Resources for Eastern European Genealogy with Lisa Alzo, 23 January 2013, 2 pm Eastern, offered by Legacy Family Tree.  Lisa, a lively and well organized speaker, blogs at The Accidental Genealogist and she’s the author of nine books, including Three Slovak Women. You will notice her articles in many genealogy magazines and journals.

Webinar registration is open now, and the webinar is only open to the first 1,000 attendees. Usually these webinars are archived for a certain length of time afterwards though, so if you can’t see it live, you will be able to watch it soon after.

And watch for more here very soon about researching in Europe. The BCGS European Group met in January and plans are in the works for more meetings, a website page – and a special European Research Day at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC.  In the meantime, take a look at the European research links on this BCGS website for Europe, Eastern Europe and many individual European countries. The BCGS Scandinavian group has its own web page already. To suggest new ones, just contact the BCGS webmistresses:

Finding Your Roots 2012 – Handouts

A number of BCGS members’ handouts from the Finding Your Roots 2012 seminar, October 13, 2012 in Surrey, BC are now posted on the BCGS Education Handouts page on this website.

These are:

Little Used English Sources for Genealogy, Peter Whitlock
Irish Beginners Genealogy, Eunice Robinson
Irish Advanced Genealogy, Eunice Robinson
Local History for Genealogists, Eunice Robinson
Scandinavian-Nordic Genealogy, M. Diane Rogers

All are .pdf files so you can save and/or print them, and the links should be live and clickable. (If you find some that are not, please contact )

Thank you to these speakers, and to all the Finding Your Roots organizers and volunteers. Happy researching, everyone!

Website Updates, June 2012

Two new indexes have been added to the website now, including

British Columbia Auto Permit Holders, 1904-1905 on the Members’ Projects page.

Victoria, British Columbia Naturalization Index, 1859 on the BCGS Research Projects page.

Both of these indexing projects are on-going, so watch for updates.

and the winners of the BCGS Family History Book Award for 2012 have been announced!

And Brief Guides to Genealogy and Family History for both Vancouver and Victoria, BC, Canada are now available on the website, also at the BCGS Research Projects page. These were originally published in The British Columbia Genealogist and have been updated and revised for the website.

BCGS Members’ Surname Interests Index Updated

The BCGS Members’ Surname Interests index was updated today. This now includes 4867 entries. If you find one of your own surname interests here, please contact the BCGS member and let them know of your connections. If there is no e-mail address shown with the surname interest, please contact the BCGS webmaster and your e-mail will be forwarded.

If you are a BCGS member, you can submit your own surname interests to update or add to the index. Use the BCGS Member Surname Interest Update form.