Remembrance Day meeting notes, Nov. 13, 2013

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:

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:

Geographical Naming for Western Canada’s War Dead

North West Terrritories, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre:

Yukon Geographic Place Names Board (flash):

Manitoba, Place of Honour, Manitoba Conservation, Commemorative Names Project book:

“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:

Saskatchewan Geographic Names Program:

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:

GeoBC, British Columbia:   Naming policy [.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:

See Natural Resources Canada for links to other provincial naming programmes:

Peter Robinson Settlers – Ireland to Upper Canada

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 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.