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

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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

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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).


Why register for your website?

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Whether you are a British Columbia Genealogical Society member or not, you may register on our website for free. (Click the Register button on the lower left hand side of the main page).

This will let you easily add comments on the site and you will be able to update your public profile on this website – add a short bio, and/or your genealogical website info, for instance.

Registering on the BCGS website does not give you access to the Members’ Only Area. If you are a current BCGS member, and would like that access, please contact the Webmasters.

Having a problem? Contact the BCGS webmasters:


How Do I Access the BCGS Members’ Only Area?

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Current British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) members may have access to the BCGS Members’ Only Area. This is a benefit of BCGS membership. This area includes discussion and news areas, indexes and committee pages.

Contact the BCGS webmasters and instructions and a personal password will be set and sent to your e-mail address.

If you later change your e-mail address, or are using a new one (or two), please let the webmasters know.

Having a problem? Contact the BCGS webmasters:

FFHS E-zine, July 2013

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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.