BCGS 2011 Family History Book Awards

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The British Columbia Genealogical Society celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011 with a new annual book award to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia, Canada. Books chosen must be written by a British Columbia author or relate to British Columbia family history.

The BCGS Family History Book Awards for 2010 are:

FIRST – Bruce McIntyre Watson, Lives Lived West of the Divide: A Biographical Dictionary of Fur Traders Working West of the Rockies, 1793-1858, 3 volumes, Centre for Social, Spatial and Economic Justice, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC.

SECOND – Dorothy Faulkner, Elaine Park and Cathy Jenks, with Pat Jobb, Maureen Wright and Karen Dyck, Women of Pender Harbour: Their Voices, Their History, Pender Harbour Living History Heritage Society, Madeira Park, BC.

THIRD – Nancy J. Hughes, Built by Luney Bros. Ltd.: Building a City and a Legacy Brick by Brick. Victoria, B.C., 1885-1962, Wildflower Publishing House, Victoria, BC.


Helen Piddington, Rumble Seat: A Victorian Childhood Remembered, Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, BC.

Ian Macdonald and Betty O’Keefe, Quiet Reformers: The Legacy of Early Victoria’s Bishop Edward and Mary Cridge, Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, BC.

Lynne Stonier-Newman, Peter O’Reilly: The Rise of a Reluctant Immigrant, Touchwood Editions, Victoria, BC.

Mahinder Kaur Doman Manhas, Zhindagee: Selected Stories of our first daughters, Victoria, BC.

Susan Dahlo and Alice Glanville, Schools of the Boundary: early schools in the Boundary area of British Columbia, British Columbia Genealogical Society, Richmond, BC.

To submit publications for the 2011 BCGS Family History Book Award, please contact Alice Marwood, Book Award Chair, at the BCGS by e-mail at: or by mail: P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC, CANADA, V6X 3T6.

Vancouver Voters, 1886

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John D. Reid at his Anglo-Celtic Connections blog has published a note about Vancouver Voters, 1886, a book researched and published by the BC Genealogical Society as a Vancouver, British Columbia centennial project. As he mentions, this is a very big book, covering the families of the 528 people listed on Vancouver’s first voters’ list. He’s included a list on his blog of all the surnames mentioned in the book.

Vancouver Voters, 1886


Vancouver Voters, 1886

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VANCOUVER VOTERS, 1886 (an excerpt from The British Columbia Genealogist, Volume 25 No. 1, March 1996)

This book of family histories is the result of a project begun to commemorate the Centennial of the city of Vancouver. Aside from producing a genealogical volume to honour the centennial, the British Columbia Genealogical Society has seen this event as instigator for a project of on-going growth and lasting Value to the archives, and to many family histories of early British Columbians. The value of recording the memories and details of pioneer families at this time, when early members are still with us, is immeasurable. The resulting archive will be a blessing to generations of future family historians.
The focus of this project is on the Families of the first voters in Vancouver. the basis used has been the 1886 Voters List of Vancouver. Although this was the first list generated, in reality it was created in October 1886, after the first civic election. No record exists of who voted in the first election and much controversy surrounded the whole affair.

An attempt has been made to gather as much material as possible on each of the 528 persons listed, and to trace their descendants. The “modus operandi” of the researchers on this project has generally been to use the City of Vancouver Archives vast resources in conjunction with old newspapers and cemetery records, all with the object of fleshing out the bones of the pioneer and finding the modern family. Subsequently, existing descendants were invited to participate by filling out a questionnaire. All correspondents have been encouraged to provide as much detail as they wish and have been given the opportunity to edit their resulting family history for accuracy, omissions and confidentiality.