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

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:


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

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):  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.



What’s New at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library?

Since the BCGS Walter Draycott Library reopened last week after the holidays, visitors will have noticed a few big changes right away, along with new books, CDs and journals for 2013,

The Genealogical Research Library (GRL), a worldwide subscription website, is now available onsite in the Walter Draycott Library to BCGS members and visitors. Ours is the only library in BC with access to this great site.  GRL has its own databases, and provides links to its own and thousands of genealogy and family history resources from around the world, including e-books and antique maps, organized by geography or by topic.

The BCGS Library also has access to Ancestry Library Edition and to with the New England Historic Genealogy Society’s databases – all free to BCGS members and visitors.

The Irish Lending Library cabinet is now more easily accessible upstairs. Here you will find hundreds of files with articles, inventories, etc. all relating to Irish genealogy research and all collected by the BCGS Irish Group. Before you visit, search the Irish Lending Library catalogue here on the BCGS website.

Many of the BCGS Boutique’s Heritage Books are now on display downstairs and can be purchased at the Library. See which books the BCGS Boutique offers and descriptions of each on the BCGS Boutique webpage.

Please have your BCGS member # handy when you visit, as members have free access to the Library and may take out books, journals and magazines. If you need to renew for 2013, or if you’d like to join us, you can do so right at the Library.  For information about Library hours, and directions, see the Walter Draycott Library main page.  For membership information, please see the BCGS Membership page.

Tracing Your Servant Ancestors – A FFHS Review

The British Columbia Genealogical Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) which now publishes reviews of new genealogy books and CDs on the FFHS website:

Tracing Your Servant Ancestors by Michelle Higgs - cover imageI was asked to review Michelle Higgs’s new book, Tracing Your Servant Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians, and found this very readable, well organized and nicely illustrated. Higgs chose to define her topic broadly as including domestic, farm and institutional servants, and I appreciated this as among my own family there are parlour maids and general domestics, gamekeepers and gardeners.

The full review is in the December 2012 issue of The British Columbia Genealogist, Vol. 41, No 4, page 143 or follow this link to the Federation of Family History Societies review pages to see this review and others. A copy of this book is in the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, call # 942 HIG

M. Diane Rogers, reviewer.



Genealogy, Family History and the Younger Set

The August-September 2012 issue of Canada’s History magazine has an article by Paul Jones entitled “Genealogy Can Be Child’s Play” with some good ideas for interesting children in their own genealogy and family history. You can read this at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library or on-line as Canada’s History has posted the entire article complete with links here.

It’s a shame that the excellent youth resources at the Victoria Genealogical Society (BC) website aren’t mentioned though. For that link, and links to other resources on-line for children and teens, see the BCGS own page of suggestions for interesting and encouraging the younger genealogists and family historians. If you know of other resources, please let our webmistresses know. We’ll soon be listing some books there too, including the Victoria Genealogical Society’s Who’s In Your Family Tree: A Step-By-Step Guide For The Detective In Your Family and Jennifer Holik-Urban’s Generations Branching Out book series.