French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest

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Book Launch and Presentation by Jean Barman

Tuesday, 2 December 2014, beginning at 6:30 pm.

 

Sponsored by the Société historique francophone de Colombie-Britannique (SHFCB)

Studio 16, Maison de la Francophonie, 1555 West 7th Ave., Vancouver. Free event.

Launch of the 2015 SHFCB calendar, 6:30 pm

Wine & cheese 7:00 pm

Jean Barman’s presentation (in English), 7:30 pm.

Jean Barman was the 21st recipient of the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding literary career in British Columbia. Read more about her at ABC BookWorld.

French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women – Book Launch poster (.pdf). Please distribute.

BCGS 2013 Family History Book Awards

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The British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Book Awards for 2013 were awarded on June 11th, 2014 in Burnaby, BC. The three winning authors were:

First – Evelyn Sangster Benson for A Century In A Small Town: One Family’s Stories (Westminster Publishing).

Second – Mack Bryson for A Cowboy’s Life: Memories of a Western Cowboy in an Empire of Grass (Friesen Press).

Third – Tom Lymbery for Tom’s Gray Creek, A Kootenay Lake Memoir, Part I: Early Years to 1945 (Gray Creek Publishing).

Nine books were submitted for consideration. Three of the authors were present; each gave a short reading from their book. Those present were all very impressed with the presentations, and the authors had an opportunity to sell their books. The authors present were Evelyn Sangster Benson, Mack Bryson and Ruth Derksen Siemens.

The evening ended with time to talk to each of the authors. All enjoyed strawberry shortcake, a feature of the evening.

Evelyn_Sangster_Benson-June2014-BCGS_Book_AwardsEvelyn Sangster Benson, June 2014, BCGS Family History Book Awards evening.

Ruth_Derksen_Siemens-June2013-BCGS_Book_AwardsRuth Derksen Siemens, June 2014, BCGS Family History Book Award evening.

Mack_Bryson-June2014-BCGS_Book_AwardsMack Bryson, June 2014, BCGS Family History Book Award evening.

The British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Book Award is awarded annually to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia families. For more information, see the BCGS Family History Award page or contact the Award Chair, Alice Marwood – Phone: 604 582 1548  E-mail: amarwood @ shaw.ca

Photographs courtesy Elizabeth Christie.

BCGS General Meeting – June 11, 2014 – BCGS Book Awards and Strawberry Tea!

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BCGS Strawberry Tea - June 2013

 

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting will be Wednesday, June 11, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, in Burnaby, 6010 Kincaid Street.

See the Google map or download a printable map of the Danish Church’s location with directions.

 

This will be Announcement Night for the BCGS Family History Book Awards. Authors will be speaking about their books and books will be available to buy. Learn more about the BCGS annual Family History Book Awards hereContinue reading

Writing the Family Story – Nov. 2013 – handouts & notes

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WRITING YOUR STORY with EUNICE ROBINSON & JUDITH UELAND

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY, November 19, 2013

Suggestions and Instructions on how to set up and organize your Family History Research into a Family Book.

Dowload the full handout, Writing Your Story  Free download; .pdf format.

Book & Website Suggestions

British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS). Most books listed here are in the BCGS Library. Search the BCGS Walter Draycott Library catalogue for other books, using titles or title keywords, for example, ‘write (writing)’, ‘publish(ing)’.

See also articles in the BCGS Library’s journal and magazine collections and family history and biography collections, and the BCGS’ own journal.

See the list and contact information for BCGS Special Interest Group Facilitators here.

One of the first tasks when beginning to write your family history is to decide what kind of history you want it to be. Writing Your Family History briefly describes the variety of family histories in the collections of the BCGS Walter Draycott Library. This is an article originally published in The British Columbia Genealogist, December 2009. Free download; .pdf format. See also information on the annual BCGS Family History Book Award.

Vancouver Public Library (VPL). See the VPL book list for this session for direct links to VPL books and to websites – ‘Writing the Family Story': http://vpl.bibliocommons.com/list/show/83147979_mdianerogers/214323515_writing_the_family_story

Search the VPL library catalogue for other books for instance, using ‘family history’ + ‘writing’ and ‘Genealogy’ + ‘Authorship’.

Ancestors – Writing a Family History – Film – BYU TV, first aired 2000: https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/ancestors-season-2-writing-a-family-history/184

You Can Write Your Family History by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Betterway Books, 2003.

Writing Your Family History Book by Lisa A. Alzo, Heritage Productions, 2008. (For sale at the BCGS Boutique.)

Producing a Quality Family History by Patricia Law Hatcher, Ancestry.com, 1996.

“Writing Family History: 10 Steps to Writing Your Family History” by Kimberly Powell, About.com: http://genealogy.about.com/od/writing_family_history/a/write.htm

“Six More Ways to Find Your Family History Muse” by Lisa Alzo, Archives.com: http://www.archives.com/experts/alzo-lisa/six-more-ways-to-find-your-family-history-muse.html

“Telling Stories: Bring Your Family Tree to Life…” by Lisa Alzo [.pdf format]: http://www.lisaalzo.com/articles/wpsfall04.PDF

Writing Your Family History Book – 6 week course with Lisa Alzo, National Institute for Genealogical Studies: http://www.genealogicalstudies.com

How to Write and Publish Your Family History in 10 Easy Steps by Noeline Kyle, University of New South Wales Press, 2011.

Writing A Compelling Family History, DVD, with Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and James Warren. 123 Genealogy, 2003.

Writing Your Family History – A Practical Guide by Deborah Cass, Crowood, 2004.

Memories of a Lifetime – Family History by Laura Best, Ideas, charts, certificates, etc. to copy and use. Includes CD. Sterling Publishing Co., 2005, and Scrapbooking Your Family History by Laura Best, Sterling Publishing Co., 2005.

Writing the Family Narrative – Book & Workbook by Lawrence P. Gouldrup, Ancestry Inc., 1987, 1993.

Many other books or articles may be useful, for instance – on scrapbooking for layout, image and content ideas, and if you use a genealogy programme, look for specific guides to exporting/publishing with the programme,

For choosing a numbering system for charts, Managing a Genealogical Project. a Complete Manual for the Management and Organization of Genealogical Materials by William Dollarhide [Updated Edition, 2000.] and Write It Right: A Manual for Writing Family Histories and Genealogies by Donald R. Barnes and Richard S. Lackey, Lyon Press, 1983.

About digitizing documents and other objects to add as images in your book, Digitizing your Family History..by Rhonda R. McClure. Family Tree Books, 2004.

To answer copyright and licensing questions, see Canadian Copyright Law by Lesley Ellen Harris, John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd., Fourth Edition, 2013, Genealogy and the Law in Canada by Margaret Ann Wilkinson, Genealogy and Canadian Law by Jean Dryden, Heritage Productions, 2002, and (USA) Carmack’s Guide to Copyright & Contracts by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2005.

And more links for ‘Writing Your Family’s History’ are at Cyndi’s List: http://www.cyndislist.com/writing

Remembrance Day meeting notes, Nov. 13, 2013

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Great Remembrance Day themed meeting Wednesday night -speakers and displays. Here are some notes and links that people requested.

Military Service Recognition Books, Volumes 1-8 on-line free, also submission forms for entries. Royal Canadian Legion, British Columbia Yukon Command: http://www.legionbcyukon.ca/content/military-service-recognition-book

Bill Clayton’s Medals handout  Check the BCGS Library for additional books on medals and awards, including Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals by F. J. Blatherwick and Medals, The Researchers Guide [UK] by William Spencer.

British Army medal index cards 1914-1920, The National Archives of the UK.  Free search by name, #, etc. Also explanations and lists of abbreviations used on the cards. The documents themselves are pay for view: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/medal-index-cards-ww1.htm

Geographical Naming for Western Canada’s War Dead

North West Terrritories, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre: http://www.pwnhc.ca/programs/commemorative_names/index.asp

Yukon Geographic Place Names Board (flash): http://www.yukonplacenames.ca/YGPNB_flash.html

Manitoba, Place of Honour, Manitoba Conservation, Commemorative Names Project book: http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/lands_branch/geo_names/honour-e/index.html

“Manitoba honours last four of its First World War Victoria Cross recipients with lakes named after them near Thompson. All 14 provincial VC heroes now have geographical features named after them”, by John Barker, November 15, 2013, Thompson Citizen: http://www.thompsoncitizen.net/article/20131115/THOMPSON0107/311159994/-1/thompson01/manitoba-honours-last-four-of-its-first-world-war-victoria-cross

Saskatchewan Geographic Names Program: http://www.tpcs.gov.sk.ca/geographicnames

The Saskatchewan book mentioned is Their Names Live On: Remembering Saskatchewan’s Fallen in World War II by Doug Chisholm and Douglas Hill. Available in the BCGS Library.

Alberta, Geographic Names Program: http://culture.alberta.ca/heritage/resourcemanagement/archaeologyhistory/geographical/default.aspx

GeoBC, British Columbia: http://geobc.gov.bc.ca/bcnames   Naming policy [.pdf]: http://geobc.gov.bc.ca/bcnames/files/GeogNamingPolicy.pdf

“Casualties of War”, Know BC. Article by Andrew Scott from his Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia, available at the BCGS Library: http://knowbc.com/Knowbc-Blog/Casualties-of-War

See Natural Resources Canada for links to other provincial naming programmes: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/earth-sciences/geography-boundary/geographical-name/related-sites/5745