American Ancestors website – access at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library

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One of the benefits of visiting the BCGS Walter Draycott Library is access to several subscription websites. American Ancestors, from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), is one of those available.

The BCGS Library also has the Society’s journal, American Ancestors, New England, New York and Beyond, and the latest issue, Summer 2013, has several good articles about what’s available in the website databases – and what’s coming soon.

AmericanAncestors.orgCurrently, the American Ancestors databases include essential and unique resources for New England research, including vital event records, cemetery and tax records, periodicals and genealogies.  A new partnership with Ancestry.com will be bringing new databases to the website as Ancestry and the NEHGS digitize 40 million records and images for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. See the American Ancestors article for a state by state look at the databases available now and soon for these four states.

NEHGS now is also the repository for the American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives“One of the partnership’s first projects will be digitization and development of online access to the unique records of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Boston office (1886–1977). The HIAS collection contains more than 30,000 individual arrival cards and case files for primarily Jewish immigrants who arrived in the United States through the Port of Boston, as well as ship manifests, administrative correspondence, photographs, and information, including queries, pertaining to displaced persons after World War II.”  AJHS press release, 28 June, 2013.

Anyone at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library may acess the American Ancestors databases available, as well as the extensive collections of books, journals, CDs, etc. at the Library.

New US maps – Genealogical Research Library website – now available at the BCGS Library

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Access to the Genealogical Research Library is free at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library.

[Individual GRL memberships are available. The Genealogical Research Library is in Niagara Falls: www.GRLresearch.com]

News from the Genealogical Research Library today.

US Maps just added today in addition to the ones already included.

(1) They range from the 1600’s to the 1900s.

(2) They can be enlarged greatly – most of them can be enlarged to the size of a wall – and yet seen in great detail using the highest resolution.

(3) Members can download them for free.

(4) For most of these maps, several different image formats are used: GIF, JPEG (one or more sizes), JP2, and TIFF. The TIFF format takes a lot of room on your hard drive, but it decidedly the very best for the great detail and clarity it brings. [The BCGS Editor loves TIFFs.]

(5) A great many of the County and Parish maps list the NAMES of the owners of lots and farms shown on the maps – obviously a great find for any researcher!

Today’s arrivals (Part 1) are for US states, alphabetically from ALASKA to LOUISIANA. (Part 2) MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, and MICHIGAN. The remaining States, as well as Canadian province maps, will follow.

Important: To find Maps, first go to the State you wish, and then click on “GEOGRAPHY”, and then click on “MAPS”. From the map list, just click on the map you wish and you will instantly arrive at that map online.

Here is a listing of the Map Titles for Part 1 and Part 2: USA – all available now:  Continue reading

Reminder: BCGS Genealogy 101 classes – Fall 2013, Surrey BC

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Genealogy 101 Sessions to be held at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC, Sept. – Oct. 2013

Genealogy 101 – Civil Registration session with Lorraine Irving
When: Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
Location: BCGS Walter Draycott Library
Where: 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

Genealogy 101 – Organizing Your Genealogy session with Eunice Robinson
When: Thursday, Oct 17, 2013
Location: To be held at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library
Where: 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

$10. each class; 10:30-12:30 pm. Contact the BCGS Education Chair, Eunice Robinson, for details. Call 604-596-2811 or
e-mail: eunice@dccnet.com

Originally published 16 August, 2013

 

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. http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair

The videos for the two days of NARA’s Genealogy Fair are now available to view: http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives

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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: http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair

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 www.bcgs.ca 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

E-mail: bcgs@bcgs.ca 

BCGS Library Week and Open House – July 14-20, 2013

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Only 2 days to go!

Volunteers at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, 2011

Attend the BCGS Open House Sunday, July 14 from 2-4 pm at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC. Refreshments. All interested are welcome to attend. A feature this year will be a look at the new Members’ Only area of this website.

BCGS Volunteers welcome you!

The annual BCGS free Library Week is Monday, July 15 to Saturday, July 20, open 10 am to 3 pm. Different geographic areas and talks featured each day, but drop in and ask for assistance with your particular search any of the days.

See all the details and a schedule of the talks here.

The Library has over 14,000 worldwide books and CDs, and much more including journals and magazines, microfilm and fiche, and unique indexes and collections. Subscription databases available free to visitors now include Ancestry Library Edition, Genealogical Research Library and American Ancestors – and new this month is access to Geni.com. Come and check these sites out.

Our thanks to HomeLife Select Realty which is allowing us extra parking spots for Library Week this year. Look for parking spots numbered 211 and 212.  A library volunteer will give you a pass to place on your dashboard.