BCGS European Group Day at the BCGS Library – March 2, 2013

Band, Changing of the Guard, Stockholm, Sweden

Band, Changing of the Guard,                      Stockholm, Sweden


Coming Up – Saturday, March 2, 2013, a European Group Research Day at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, 10am-3 pm.



Come and share resources with other researchers, get a good look at what’s available at the BCGS Library, and in the various computer and on-line subscription databases available there, including Ancestry Library Edition and the Genealogical Research Library.  All interested are welcome to attend.

And have a look at the new webpage for the BCGS European Group here.  To contribute information, photographs, etc., please contact the BCGS webmaster.

Eastern European family history research – free webinar 23 Jan 2013

News for those researching family in Eastern Europe -

There’s a free webinar this week, Best Internet Resources for Eastern European Genealogy with Lisa Alzo, 23 January 2013, 2 pm Eastern, offered by Legacy Family Tree.  Lisa, a lively and well organized speaker, blogs at The Accidental Genealogist and she’s the author of nine books, including Three Slovak Women. You will notice her articles in many genealogy magazines and journals.

Webinar registration is open now, and the webinar is only open to the first 1,000 attendees. Usually these webinars are archived for a certain length of time afterwards though, so if you can’t see it live, you will be able to watch it soon after.

And watch for more here very soon about researching in Europe. The BCGS European Group met in January and plans are in the works for more meetings, a website page – and a special European Research Day at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC.  In the meantime, take a look at the European research links on this BCGS website for Europe, Eastern Europe and many individual European countries. The BCGS Scandinavian group has its own web page already. To suggest new ones, just contact the BCGS webmistresses:

E-newsletters at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library

Some of the genealogy newsletters we receive at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library are now only distributed by e-mail. To make it easier for our members and readers to see these, they will be archived and accessible on the Member #1 Computer on the main floor at the Library.

See the desktop shortcut named: Genealogy E-newsletters 2013

So far this year, we have

Grapevines, South Okanagan Genealogical Society, British Columbia, Canada, January 2013, Issue 1, Volume 21.

MN Families, Minnesota Genealogical Society, USA, January 2013, Number 1, Volume 33.

We may need to ‘tweak’ this process later, so let our Library Administrator know you like this.

What’s New at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library?

Since the BCGS Walter Draycott Library reopened last week after the holidays, visitors will have noticed a few big changes right away, along with new books, CDs and journals for 2013,

The Genealogical Research Library (GRL), a worldwide subscription website, is now available onsite in the Walter Draycott Library to BCGS members and visitors. Ours is the only library in BC with access to this great site.  GRL has its own databases, and provides links to its own and thousands of genealogy and family history resources from around the world, including e-books and antique maps, organized by geography or by topic.

The BCGS Library also has access to Ancestry Library Edition and to with the New England Historic Genealogy Society’s databases – all free to BCGS members and visitors.

The Irish Lending Library cabinet is now more easily accessible upstairs. Here you will find hundreds of files with articles, inventories, etc. all relating to Irish genealogy research and all collected by the BCGS Irish Group. Before you visit, search the Irish Lending Library catalogue here on the BCGS website.

Many of the BCGS Boutique’s Heritage Books are now on display downstairs and can be purchased at the Library. See which books the BCGS Boutique offers and descriptions of each on the BCGS Boutique webpage.

Please have your BCGS member # handy when you visit, as members have free access to the Library and may take out books, journals and magazines. If you need to renew for 2013, or if you’d like to join us, you can do so right at the Library.  For information about Library hours, and directions, see the Walter Draycott Library main page.  For membership information, please see the BCGS Membership page.

Tracing Your Servant Ancestors – A FFHS Review

The British Columbia Genealogical Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) which now publishes reviews of new genealogy books and CDs on the FFHS website:

Tracing Your Servant Ancestors by Michelle Higgs - cover imageI was asked to review Michelle Higgs’s new book, Tracing Your Servant Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians, and found this very readable, well organized and nicely illustrated. Higgs chose to define her topic broadly as including domestic, farm and institutional servants, and I appreciated this as among my own family there are parlour maids and general domestics, gamekeepers and gardeners.

The full review is in the December 2012 issue of The British Columbia Genealogist, Vol. 41, No 4, page 143 or follow this link to the Federation of Family History Societies review pages to see this review and others. A copy of this book is in the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, call # 942 HIG

M. Diane Rogers, reviewer.



BCGS Library closed for Finding Your Roots Seminar – Sat. Oct 13, 2012

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will be closed this Saturday, 13 October 2012, so that volunteers may all attend the Finding Your Roots Seminar in Surrey.

The free Finding Your Roots seminar is 8:30 am to 4 pm, at 6270-126th St., Surrey, BC. Please register ahead on-line. For free registration, schedule of genealogy classes, etc., see the Finding Your Roots seminar website:

BC Genealogical Society volunteers will be there all day. Do visit our Boutique and Book Sale tables to say hello and learn more about BCGS membership and our activities and projects.