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.
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.
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.)