Reminder – Researching Genealogy in Scotland, Thurs. July 11, 2013, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch

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Researching Genealogy in Scotland Talk – Thursday, July 11, 2013, Vancouver, BC

 Flag of Scotland; The Saltire

George Caldwell. Scottish Group Facilitator for the BC Genealogical Society (BCGS), will be giving a talk on Researching Genealogy in Scotland, Thursday, July 11th from 2:00 – 3:30 pm on the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch Lower Floor in the Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye rooms.

Free. Co-sponsored by the BCGS and the Vancouver Public Library.

Vancouver Public Library (VPL) offers other free genealogy and history related events and activities. See the VPL’s event calendar for details.

George Caldwell will be available on Scotland Day at the BCGS Library, Monday, July 15th during the BCGS free Library Week.

BCGS Library closed on holiday weekends

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Just a reminder that the BCGS Walter Draycott Library is closed on holiday weekends so that our volunteer may celebrate the holidays. .

For 2013, the remaining holiday Saturdays are:

May 18th, for the Victoria Day weekend

June 29th, for the Canada Day weekend

July 27th for the BC Day weekend

August 31 for Labour Day weekend

October 12th for Thanksgiving weekend

November 9th for the Remembrance Day weekend

Usually we are closed for 10 days over Christmas and New Year’s Day. Those dates will be announced soon.

If you have questions, or if you notice any errors or omissions on the BCGS calendar, please contact the webmasters at:


Peter Robinson Settlers – Ireland to Upper Canada

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The Peter Robinson settlers from Ireland 1823, 1825 were discussed at the May 2013 BCGS Irish Group meeting. The following is a sampling of websites and books with information, indexes and databases.

The Archives of Ontario, see particularly the Land Records research guide, “From Grant to Patent: A Guide to Early Land Settlement Records, ca.1790 to ca.1850″, pages 11-12:

Peterborough Museum and Archives:

Peter Robinson Ships’ Lists, Trent Valley Archives:

Emigration From Cork Ireland to Upper Canada, 1823, The First Peter Robinson Settlers by Roberta M. O’Brien:

Peter Robinson Settlers of 1823 and 1825, Joe Kenny:

Peter Robinson Settlers from Cork to Canada 1823 & 1825, The Ships List:

Peter Robinson Settlers – 1825, Peterborough County GenSearch:

Extracts from 8 of the Robinson ships, Surgeon-superintendent Reports for 8 of the 1825 vessels, Olive Tree Genealogy:

Survey of Robinson’s Irish Settlers, Robinson’s Papers and Correspondence, Ships Lists, Medical Journals, etc. Transcription project:

See also –

The book, Peter Robinson’s Settlers by Carol Bennett (originally published by Juniper Books Ltd.: Renfrew, 1987, latest edition published by Global Heritage Press: Milton, Ontario, 2011).

The Peter Robinson Settlement of 1825 by Bill La Branche, Homecoming ’75, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. BCGS Walter Draycott Library.

The Peter Robinson Settlement of 1825, Peterborough, Ontario by Bill La Branche, Homecoming ’75 Committee Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. BCGS Walter Draycott Library.

Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church Cemetery & Lists of Peter Robinson Settlers by Donald E. Read (Ontario Genealogical Society, Ottawa Branch). BCGS Walter Draycott Library.

and see the 1825 Robinson Settlers website for information on the 2025 Celebration planned and to contribute to a new book on Robinson settler families. Contact the Kawartha Ancestral Research Association Inc.:

BCGS European Day – BCGS Library March 2013

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March 2, 2013 was the European Group’s Day at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library.

BCGS Library - European SectionA very good day with lots of discussion and sharing of resources – and homemade muffins too. A good turnout – and some new people.

Most of the group are currently looking for families in Eastern Europe – from 1700 through to post World War II. Among the places and countries represented were: Austria, Belarus, France, Galicia, Germany, Hanover [Germany], Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, Württemberg [Germany]– most with family emigrating to Canada and the US (Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania). Continue reading

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

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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

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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: