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

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: http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/tracing/the_records.aspx

Peterborough Museum and Archives: http://www.peterboroughmuseumandarchives.ca/Browsing/archivalcollections.htm

Peter Robinson Ships’ Lists, Trent Valley Archives: http://www.trentvalleyarchives.com/resources/online-resources/census-registries-directories/peter-robinson-ships-list

Emigration From Cork Ireland to Upper Canada, 1823, The First Peter Robinson Settlers by Roberta M. O’Brien: http://webhome.idirect.com/~obrienr/cork1823.html

Peter Robinson Settlers of 1823 and 1825, Joe Kenny: http://kennytree.com/links/peter_robinson.htm

Peter Robinson Settlers from Cork to Canada 1823 & 1825, The Ships List: http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/peterrobinsonindex.shtml

Peter Robinson Settlers – 1825, Peterborough County GenSearch: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~peterborough/probinsn.html

Extracts from 8 of the Robinson ships, Surgeon-superintendent Reports for 8 of the 1825 vessels, Olive Tree Genealogy: http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/ships/canada/PeterRobinson.shtml

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

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.: http://www.karagen.org/robinson.html

BCGS Seminar Notes – Glenn Wright & Lesley Anderson – April 27, 2013

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Handouts for Saturday’s seminar with speakers, Glenn Wright and Lesley Anderson, will be posted soon.

 Glenn Wright & Lesley Anderson, Burnaby, BC, Canada, april 2013

Glenn Wright’s book sold out at the BCGS Seminar on Saturday. Copies of Canadians at War 1914-1919: A Research Guide to Wordl War One Service Records (Global Heritage Press, 2010) are available at Global Genealogy: http://globalgenealogy.com/countries/canada/military/resources/101160.htm

 

Many of the books mentioned during the talks are available at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library.

BCGS Editor, M. Diane Rogers, @mdianerogers, tweeted the seminar using the hashtag #bcgsseminar. The comments are her own.  The BCGS Twitter id is @bcgs_ca. If you are on Twitter, do follow BCGS! And you can still comment or ask questions.


BCGS General Meeting, Jan 2013 – notes

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These are the events and links mentioned during the BCGS general meeting 9 January 2013.

BCGS Membership benefit – contact Johnson Insurance Inc. re insurance including MEDOC travel insurance. 1 866 606 3362. This is a benefit of the BCGS’s membership in the BC Historical Federation.

Stories from Things workship with author Sultan Somjee -starting 10 January, Burnaby  BC at the Community Centred College for the Retired (CCCR):  http://www.cccrburnaby.org  See Sultan Somjee’s website for more about his book, Stories from Things: write your memoir in 10 steps, available through Amazon and Smashwords.

Robert Burns Marathon, January 25, 2013, Vancouver – Simon Fraser University’s Scottish Studies Burns Marathon readings from Burns’ works will be from 9 am to 4 pm at the Harbour Centre Campus in downtown Vancouver. http://www.scottish.sfu.ca/sfus_robert_burns_marathon