Upcoming Genealogy Courses – Greater Vancouver, beginning January 2014

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If you’ve recently started or returned to your genealogy and family history research, this is a great time to plan to attend classes. Next year, starting in January 2014, there are a number of courses being held in Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Surrey and Vancouver.

Burnaby

Beginner & Intermediate courses, 8 week sessions for each, beginning in January – Beginners, Fridays, 1:30-3:30 pm.; Intermediates, Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm. Another set of classes will begin in April, then again in September.
Instructor: M. Diane Rogers
Location: Community College for the Retired (CCCR), near Kingsway and Sperling.
Registration: call 604 517 8732 or see the CCCR website: www.cccrburnaby.org

Maple Ridge

Finding Your Family Tree course, 4 sessions, beginning in either February or April, Thursdays, 7-9 pm.
Instructor: Rob Whitlock
Location: Ridge Meadows College
Registration: call 604 466 6555 or see the College website: www.rmcollege.ca

Surrey

Start Searching your Family History: A Beginners’ Workshop in 5 Lessons, Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm and Start Writing your Family History: A Communications Workshop in 5 Lessons, Saturdays, 1:30-4:30, each beginning in January.
Instructor: Brenda Smith
Location: Cloverdale Library
Registration: see this BCGS article on Cloverdale’s programmes.

Vancouver

Beginners’ Genealogy, 4 sessions, Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, starting in February.
Instructor: Celia Lewis
Location: Kerrisdale Community Centre
Registration: call 604 257 6100 or see the Centre’s website: www.kerrisdalecc.com

Introductory genealogy course, 4 weeks, Thursdays, 1-3 pm.
Instructor: M. Diane Rogers
Location: Brock House
Registration: call 604 228 1461 or see the Brock House Society website: www.brockhousesociety.ca

For other opportunities to learn about genealogy and family history, follow these links to read about Cloverdale Library’s upcoming talks on Wills, Scandinavian Research and Cemeteries, see the BCGS website calendar for information on dates of BCGS meetings, including BCGS Special Interest Group meetings and BCGS Genealogy 101 sessions, or attend sessions at the BCGS Library in January and February to learn about using Facebook and Twitter for genealogy.

Using Facebook or Twitter for Genealogy – Jan/Feb 2014

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Would you like to learn about using Facebook and Twitter in your genealogy and family history reseach?

Each will help you search for family, let others know about your genealogy interests, and alert you to new or recommended genealogy and family history resources. Have questions about posting images, chatting, sharing, privacy or about the lingo? (What’s a hashtag? a timeline, a tweet, #FF,  Surname Saturday)

Attend the upcoming sessions at the BCGS Library in the Boardroom with M. Diane Rogers.

These are limited to 15 people, so to register for these 4 sessions, contact Eunice Robinson eunice @ dccnet.com.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile devices (phones, IPads, netbooks, tablets, laptops) – WiFi is available at the library. Bring a lunch if you like; light refreshments available.

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– Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 – How to Use Facebook – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
– Saturday, January 25th, 2014 – How to Use Facebook – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Like the BC Genealogical Society’s Facebook page.

 

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– Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 – How to Use Twitter – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
– Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 – How to Use Twitter – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Follow the BCGS on Twitter @bcgs_ca

 

Writing the Family Story – Nov. 2013 – handouts & notes

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WRITING YOUR STORY with EUNICE ROBINSON & JUDITH UELAND

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY, November 19, 2013

Suggestions and Instructions on how to set up and organize your Family History Research into a Family Book.

Dowload the full handout, Writing Your Story  Free download; .pdf format.

Book & Website Suggestions

British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS). Most books listed here are in the BCGS Library. Search the BCGS Walter Draycott Library catalogue for other books, using titles or title keywords, for example, ‘write (writing)’, ‘publish(ing)’.

See also articles in the BCGS Library’s journal and magazine collections and family history and biography collections, and the BCGS’ own journal.

See the list and contact information for BCGS Special Interest Group Facilitators here.

One of the first tasks when beginning to write your family history is to decide what kind of history you want it to be. Writing Your Family History briefly describes the variety of family histories in the collections of the BCGS Walter Draycott Library. This is an article originally published in The British Columbia Genealogist, December 2009. Free download; .pdf format. See also information on the annual BCGS Family History Book Award.

Vancouver Public Library (VPL). See the VPL book list for this session for direct links to VPL books and to websites – ‘Writing the Family Story': http://vpl.bibliocommons.com/list/show/83147979_mdianerogers/214323515_writing_the_family_story

Search the VPL library catalogue for other books for instance, using ‘family history’ + ‘writing’ and ‘Genealogy’ + ‘Authorship’.

Ancestors – Writing a Family History – Film – BYU TV, first aired 2000: https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/ancestors-season-2-writing-a-family-history/184

You Can Write Your Family History by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Betterway Books, 2003.

Writing Your Family History Book by Lisa A. Alzo, Heritage Productions, 2008. (For sale at the BCGS Boutique.)

Producing a Quality Family History by Patricia Law Hatcher, Ancestry.com, 1996.

“Writing Family History: 10 Steps to Writing Your Family History” by Kimberly Powell, About.com: http://genealogy.about.com/od/writing_family_history/a/write.htm

“Six More Ways to Find Your Family History Muse” by Lisa Alzo, Archives.com: http://www.archives.com/experts/alzo-lisa/six-more-ways-to-find-your-family-history-muse.html

“Telling Stories: Bring Your Family Tree to Life…” by Lisa Alzo [.pdf format]: http://www.lisaalzo.com/articles/wpsfall04.PDF

Writing Your Family History Book – 6 week course with Lisa Alzo, National Institute for Genealogical Studies: http://www.genealogicalstudies.com

How to Write and Publish Your Family History in 10 Easy Steps by Noeline Kyle, University of New South Wales Press, 2011.

Writing A Compelling Family History, DVD, with Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and James Warren. 123 Genealogy, 2003.

Writing Your Family History – A Practical Guide by Deborah Cass, Crowood, 2004.

Memories of a Lifetime – Family History by Laura Best, Ideas, charts, certificates, etc. to copy and use. Includes CD. Sterling Publishing Co., 2005, and Scrapbooking Your Family History by Laura Best, Sterling Publishing Co., 2005.

Writing the Family Narrative – Book & Workbook by Lawrence P. Gouldrup, Ancestry Inc., 1987, 1993.

Many other books or articles may be useful, for instance – on scrapbooking for layout, image and content ideas, and if you use a genealogy programme, look for specific guides to exporting/publishing with the programme,

For choosing a numbering system for charts, Managing a Genealogical Project. a Complete Manual for the Management and Organization of Genealogical Materials by William Dollarhide [Updated Edition, 2000.] and Write It Right: A Manual for Writing Family Histories and Genealogies by Donald R. Barnes and Richard S. Lackey, Lyon Press, 1983.

About digitizing documents and other objects to add as images in your book, Digitizing your Family History..by Rhonda R. McClure. Family Tree Books, 2004.

To answer copyright and licensing questions, see Canadian Copyright Law by Lesley Ellen Harris, John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd., Fourth Edition, 2013, Genealogy and the Law in Canada by Margaret Ann Wilkinson, Genealogy and Canadian Law by Jean Dryden, Heritage Productions, 2002, and (USA) Carmack’s Guide to Copyright & Contracts by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2005.

And more links for ‘Writing Your Family’s History’ are at Cyndi’s List: http://www.cyndislist.com/writing

Remembrance Day meeting notes, Nov. 13, 2013

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Great Remembrance Day themed meeting Wednesday night -speakers and displays. Here are some notes and links that people requested.

Military Service Recognition Books, Volumes 1-8 on-line free, also submission forms for entries. Royal Canadian Legion, British Columbia Yukon Command: http://www.legionbcyukon.ca/content/military-service-recognition-book

Bill Clayton’s Medals handout  Check the BCGS Library for additional books on medals and awards, including Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals by F. J. Blatherwick and Medals, The Researchers Guide [UK] by William Spencer.

British Army medal index cards 1914-1920, The National Archives of the UK.  Free search by name, #, etc. Also explanations and lists of abbreviations used on the cards. The documents themselves are pay for view: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/medal-index-cards-ww1.htm

Geographical Naming for Western Canada’s War Dead

North West Terrritories, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre: http://www.pwnhc.ca/programs/commemorative_names/index.asp

Yukon Geographic Place Names Board (flash): http://www.yukonplacenames.ca/YGPNB_flash.html

Manitoba, Place of Honour, Manitoba Conservation, Commemorative Names Project book: http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/lands_branch/geo_names/honour-e/index.html

“Manitoba honours last four of its First World War Victoria Cross recipients with lakes named after them near Thompson. All 14 provincial VC heroes now have geographical features named after them”, by John Barker, November 15, 2013, Thompson Citizen: http://www.thompsoncitizen.net/article/20131115/THOMPSON0107/311159994/-1/thompson01/manitoba-honours-last-four-of-its-first-world-war-victoria-cross

Saskatchewan Geographic Names Program: http://www.tpcs.gov.sk.ca/geographicnames

The Saskatchewan book mentioned is Their Names Live On: Remembering Saskatchewan’s Fallen in World War II by Doug Chisholm and Douglas Hill. Available in the BCGS Library.

Alberta, Geographic Names Program: http://culture.alberta.ca/heritage/resourcemanagement/archaeologyhistory/geographical/default.aspx

GeoBC, British Columbia: http://geobc.gov.bc.ca/bcnames   Naming policy [.pdf]: http://geobc.gov.bc.ca/bcnames/files/GeogNamingPolicy.pdf

“Casualties of War”, Know BC. Article by Andrew Scott from his Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia, available at the BCGS Library: http://knowbc.com/Knowbc-Blog/Casualties-of-War

See Natural Resources Canada for links to other provincial naming programmes: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/earth-sciences/geography-boundary/geographical-name/related-sites/5745