BCGS European Group – Library Week 2016

BCGS Library Week – the Library is open all week, July 18-23, 2016 free. For more information, see http://www.bcgs.ca/?p=6574 Today, we celebrated Scotland and Europe and did more successful research in Newfoundland, BC and Nova Scotia. Tomorrow we will be looking at Ireland.

The BCGS European Group Library Week Session, 18 July 2016

*Breaking News* A free webinar “Researching European Archives from Your Easy Chair” with Lisa A. Alzo is being sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, Thursday, July 21, 2016 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM PDT. Limited space: register here now.

Our Group will be meeting in September at a general meeting and at the Library later. Watch for an update about this soon.

Brenda Smith presented “Eastern Europe in Time and Space” – an illustrated atlas and timeline of events and influences that affected our ancestors’ lives. This sparked discussion!

Among the websites shared were:

The Lost Shoebox, online Polish records with a map showing which areas they cover: http://www.lostshoebox.com/poland/online-records

The European Library, access to 48 European national and research libraries: http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org

Polish Origins, great forum!: http://polishorigins.com

BCGS Library resources:

Many books – a selection displayed, including atlases and gazetteers for Europe, and also exchange journals including those from the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria and more. Available was the latest issue of Your Genealogy Today, May-June 2016, at the BCGS Library (929 FC/YGT V2#2 2016} which features an article by Leland Meitzler on German surname mapping websites.

Genealogical dictionaries are often essential. Two recommended are the Swedish Genealogical Dictionary by Phyllis J. Pladsen (BCGS Library 948.5 PLA DIC} and the German-English Genealogical Dictionary by Ernest Thode (BCGS Library 943 THO). And FamilySearch has free Word Lists for many geographic areas, most expanded now and available as .pdf files to keep handy on personal devices.

Click to check both the main BCGS Library catalogue here and the BCGS catalogue for journals, newsletters and magazines.

Recommended books:

The series of Map Guides to German Parish Registers by Kevan Hansen, published by Family Roots Publishing, for example, a recent one for Silesia Province, Regierungsbezirk Oppeln, Kingdom of Prussia (Volume 55 2016). The most recent is the Map Guide to Luxembourg Parish Registers. A BCGS Library acquisition request may be submitted for these.

FamilySearch.org:

The free FamilySearch Learning Center has well over 100 European research classes – 3 on German script and on on using the Hansen Map Guides. https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Germany%22

And many European genealogical societies were demonstrated and discussed, mainly:

The Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe: https://www.sggee.org/

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia: http://www.ahsgr.org

Germans from Russia Heritage Society: http://www.grhs.org

East European Genealogical Society: http://www.eegsociety.org

One handout available:

Download “First Steps in European Research – or for a European Do-Over” by M. Diane Rogers (.docx file. For other formats, contact the BCGS webmaster.)

Welcome to BCGS Library Week – 2016

BCGS OPEN HOUSE AND LIBRARY WEEK SCHEDULE AT THE BCGS WALTER DRAYCOTT LIBRARY – Free!

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Anyone interested is invited to come to the library this week, bring your family history information and questions – the volunteers will attempt to assist you.

SUNDAY, July 17th – OPEN HOUSE – 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Refreshments.

MONDAY TO SATURDAY, July 18th to 23rd – Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM each day.

MONDAY – SCOTLAND
1:00 pm – EUROPEAN RESEARCH -Brenda Smith; M. Diane Rogers & other members

TUESDAY – IRELAND

WEDNESDAY – ENGLAND

THURSDAY – CANADA

FRIDAY – UNITED STATES

SATURDAY – AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND and
1:00 PM – DNA AND GENEALOGY – M. Diane Rogers

Special databases available free, MyHeritage and Quebec Genealogy and PRDH, in addition to Ancestry Library Edition and American Ancestors.

For more information about Library Week, see the BCGS Library Week page.

Address: BCGS Walter Draycott Library – 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC
Telephone: 604 502 9119

For more information about the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, and a map, see the main Library page.

We will be posting information daily about Library resources during the week.

The fun Wordsift above which reflects some of the BCGS Library’s holdings is courtesy of Wordsift 2.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Predecessors

Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police History and Genealogy

“What a Year 1920 Was” (RNWNP, Dominion Police, the new RCMP), RCMP Veterans’ Assn.: http://www.rcmpveteransvancouver.com/what-a-year-1920-was-for-the-force/

Federal records, digitized microfilm – Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police, RCMP. Héritage (Canadiana.org): http://heritage.canadiana.ca/

North West Mounted Police – Personnel Records, 1873-1904, database, Library and Archives Canada: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/nwmp-personnel-records/pages/north-west-mounted-police.aspx

Defending the Law: The North-West Mounted Police, 1873-1920, HistoricPlaces.ca: http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/pages/45_rcmp_grc.aspx

“Without Fear, Favour or Affection”: The Men of the North West Mounted Police, archived exhibit, Library and Archives Canada: https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/nwmp-pcno/index-e.html

Sir Sam Steele Collection: http://steele.library.ualberta.ca/explore

RCMP Heritage Centre: http://www.rcmpheritagecentre.com/home/exhibits

RCMP Obituary Index, RCMP Quarterly, 1933-1989, Saskatchewan Genealogical Society: http://saskgenealogy.com/databases/public_databases/RCMP_Obituary_Index.pdf

RCMP Quarterly – a BCGS volunteer is indexing articles of interest from the BCGS Library collection of RCMP Quarterly journals. This index is being published in The British Columbia Genealogist and is available in the Library. The BCGS Library is interested in filling in gaps in the collection. The Quarterly began in 1933. Since 1999, it has been the official magazine of the RCMP Veterans’ Association.

See also The Officer Down Memorial Page for officers killed in the line of duty:(Canada) http://canada.odmp.org/

BC Genealogical Society receives LAC DHCP grant – The BCGS Pedigree Chart project

The British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) is pleased, indeed excited, to announce to members and friends of the Society that we were successful in our application for a Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Documentary Heritage Community Programme (DHCP) grant for 2015-2016 – Funded by the Government of Canada / Financé par le gouvernement du Canada.

This grant programme is a new on-going (5 year) initiative meant for organizations and institutions without government funding, and those eligible included “archives, privately funded libraries, historical societies, genealogical organizations/societies, professional associations and museums with an archival component”.

We were pleased to see genealogical societies listed among the eligible groups. Sixty-five DHCP projects received grants, including one from the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society.

The DHCP grants are intended to:

“Increase access to, and awareness of Canada’s local documentary heritage institutions and their holdings; and
– Increase the capacity of local documentary heritage institutions to better sustain and preserve Canada’s documentary heritage.”

Since our beginnings in 1971, British Columbia Genealogical Society members and others have contributed their family history research to the Society to ensure both its preservation and access to all interested researchers.

The oldest parts of this unique collection, known as the BCGS Pedigree Chart collection, consists of pedigree charts, trees and family information sheets which are held in the BCGS Library. Many of the documents were handwritten in pen or pencil; various sizes and types of paper were used; some are now fading or otherwise deteriorating. Interestingly, the worst are often those printed on early computer printers.

These charts have never been copied, although volunteers have indexed all the family names on the documents.

With this DHCP grant to the BC Genealogical Society these documents are being scanned professionally. The original documents then will be stored for preservation purposes, and the scans will be available to researchers at the BCGS Library and on the BCGS website.

At the first BC Genealogical Society meeting of 2016, Wednesday, January 13, there will be a presentation outlining the project and inviting members and others to add their family information to this overall collection for future researchers use, but now electronically.

The January 13, 2016 BCGS General Meeting will start at 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby, BC. See a printable map of the meeting location.

Watch for more news about this project.
BCGS printable blank Pedigree Chart (.pdf)