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

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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

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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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BCGS E-mail Updates – New look

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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

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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

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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

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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!