Burnaby Heritage Schools

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A volunteer group is writing and compiling the history of Burnaby Schools – from 1894 to the present day.

The committee members are Janet White, committee chair and retired languages department head, Harry Pride, retired high school vice-principal, Dave Carter, retired school principal, Gail Yip, local historian and author, and Rosemary Cooke, retired elementary school teacher. Janet, Dave and Gail are also former Burnaby high school graduates.

The Committee is supported by the Burnaby School Board and B.C. Retired Teachers.  In addition, the City of Burnaby, through the Heritage Commission, has been a passionate sponsor from the start and will be doing graphic layout and publishing of the book.

Each school library will receive a complimentary copy.

Profits from the sale of the book will go to scholarships for Burnaby High School students.

The focus of this coffee table-style book is not just to publish the histories of the school buildings, but to ‘humanize’ the book by including interesting stories, anecdotes, and personal pictures of sports teams, social events, unusual school rules and customs.

One special section will be dedicated to ‘celebrity sons and daughters’ who attended  school in Burnaby.

Contribute a short narrative or picture of either a school experience or memory.  It need not be long, 100 words is fine.  Please make your submission by April 30, 2012. Send your narrative to

Target date for publication is early next year.

Book Reviews, New Books

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The latest book reviews published in The British Columbia Genealogist, December 2011, Volume 40 #4 were very favourable. The books reviewed were:

Erin’s Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada to 1863 by Terrence M. Punch (Genealogical Publishing Company, 2010).
“A useful index that will lead you to these new sources.”

A Canadian Heraldic Primer
by Kevin Greaves, illustrated by Bruce Patterson and Gordon Macpherson (Heraldry Society of Canada, 2000).
“A serious and complicated topic is written about in an entertaining manner…”

Both these books will be available at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library very soon.

The British Columbia Genealogist often features a column with the BCGS Editor’s picks from recent books on British Columbia and Canadian history and genealogy.

In the December 2011 issue, the British Columbia books mentioned were:

The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver by Chuck Davis (Harbour Publishing, 2011).

Lillian Alling: the journey home by Susan Smith-Josephy (Caitlin Press, 2011).

The Third Crop: A personal and historical journey into the photo albums and shoeboxes of the Slocan Valley 1880s to early 1940s by Rita Moir (SonNis Press, 2011).

Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru: An Illustrated History by Ali Kazimi (Douglas & McIntyre, 2011).


Extensions, a novel by Myrna Day set on Vancouver Island, BC (NeWest Press, 2011)

Victorian Pharmacy: Rediscovering Forgotten Remedies and Recipes by Jane Eastoe (Anova Books-Pavilion imprint, 2010).

More information

For the full reviews and more about the BC books, see the December 2011 issue of The British Columbia Genealogist. To submit a book for review, please contact the BCGS Book Review Co-ordinator.

Genealogy Publications – Links

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Link for Canadian provincial publications.

Paper Genealogy and Family History Magazines

Australian Family Tree Connections, monthly magazine especially for Australian family historians. http://www.aftc.com.au/

Family Chronicle, Canadian/US interests: http://www.familychronicle.com

Family Tree Magazine (US), online articles, forums, also premium services: http://www.familytreemagazine.com/

Internet Genealogy, paper & digital editions: https://internet-genealogy.com

Irish Roots magazine, paper and digital versions: http://www.irishrootsmedia.com/Home

Your Family History, UK: http://www.your-familyhistory.com/

On-line genealogy and family history publications

“Genealogical Resources”, free digital newsletter, Vancouver Public Library: http://www.vpl.ca/find/details/genealogy_newsletter

The Global Gazette – Canada’s Genealogy & Heritage On-Line Newsletter, free: http://globalgenealogy.com/gazette.htm

Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, free and premium versions: http://blog.eogn.com/

Genealogy Today – free newsletter: http://www.genealogytoday.com/ Genealogy Today Canadian Corner, regular articles, free indexes (pay databases): http://www.genealogytoday.com/ca/index.html

Genealogy and Family History Books

Archive CD Books with links to Ireland and Australia Archive CD Books, free newsletter: http://www.archivecdbooks.ca/acdbcanada.html

Genealogical.com: http://www.genealogical.com/

Abebooks, search for used historical and genealogy books: http://www.abebooks.com

Genealogical Fiction – Links

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Genealogy in Fiction list, from the Librarians Serving Genealogists: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jkidd/fiction.htm

Genealogy Fiction (mostly mysteries), Springfield City Library, MA, USA: http://www.springfieldlibrary.org/reading/genealogyfiction.html

Crime Fiction Alphabet: G is for Genealogists, Reactions to Reading blog: http://reactionstoreading.com/2011/02/21/crime-fiction-alphabet-g-is-for-genealogists/

Christine’s Book List, Genealogy mysteries, book reviews and links of interest: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~christinesbooklist/

Genealogical Fiction – Who’s Writing? Winging It: http://wing-ops.blogspot.com/2011/08/genealogical-fiction-whos-writing.html

BC Historical Federation – 2010 Book Prizes

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This year’s British Columbia Historical Federation’s Annual Historical Writing Competition winners were announced at the Federation’s conference in Powell River in May, 2011.

The winner of the 2010 Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing was Sylvia Olsen for her book, Working with Wool: a Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater.

The other winners were:

Second Place: Dan Savard, Images from the Likeness House.
Third Place: Dorothy Faulkner, Elaine Park and Cathy Jenks, Women of Pender Harbour: Their Voices, Their History.

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Lives Lived West of the Divide – 2011 BCGS Family History Award First Prize

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Bruce Watson awarded First Prize, BCGS 2011 Family History Book Awards, July 2011.

Bruce McIntyre Watson, with BCGS President Lorraine Irving and BCGS Book Award Chair, Alice Marwood, at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, July 2011, Surrey, BC.

Bruce McIntyre Watson’s three biographical volumes on fur traders working west of the Rocky Mountains to 1858, Lives Lived West of the Divide: A Biographical Dictionary of Fur Traders Working West of the Rockies, 1793-1858, was awarded First Prize in the British Columbia Genealogical Society’s first annual 2011 Family History Book Awards, July 17, 2011 at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library’s annual Open House.  Details of some 3500 individuals are in these books; along with more from the results of the author’s twenty years of research into daily life in the fur trade. Although described as a ‘biographical dictionary’, all three volumes should be read together as each contains different information about the fur trade.

These were published through the Centre for Social, Spatial, and Economic Justice and are for sale through Lulu.com. Volume 1 though is free there as an electronic book (PDF).  Also available at Lulu.com is Bruce’s Watson’s previous book, co-authored with Jean Barman, Leaving Paradise: Indigenous Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006).

Lives Lived West of the Divide, cover, Volume 1