FFHS E-zine, July 2013

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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: http://www.bcgs.ca/?p=3146 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

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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

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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 Geni.com. 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 Blyve.com for these chats. We do monitor all comments.

Is the font size too small? Click ‘Options” at the bottom of the Blyve box to choose to increase the font.

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

  • Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors. – Jonas Salk

    by moderator 11 minutes ago

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



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: webmaster@bcgs.ca

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: editor@bcgs.ca or by mail, c/o the Society’s address below.