BCGS General Meeting – Jan 9, 2019 in Burnaby

The first BC Genealogical Society General Meeting of 2019 is Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church (Lower Hall), 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Andrea Lister will be speaking on “Prison and Court Records”. Visit her website, Absolutely Literate, to learn more about Andrea.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.
Download directions to the meeting and a map here. (.pdf)

BCGS 2019 Seminar, Keynote Speaker Cyndi Ingle
Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Burnaby.

Early Bird Prices until March 1, 2019.

See the details on the BCGS 2019 Seminar page. Register here on-line with PayPal or at the BCGS meeting or by mail or phone.

BCGS Membership Renewal
You may renew for 2019 at this meeting, or right now with PayPal on the BCGS Membership page, or by mail.

Finding Your Roots Seminar – Oct. 14, 2017 in Surrey, BC

October 14, 2017 – Finding Your Roots Seminar – all day. Free.
All interested are welcome.

The BCGS will be there. Watch for BCGS speakers, the BCGS Boutique, and our used book sale. Class schedule and free registration now on-line. See the website: www.findingyourroots.ca

Be sure to register as soon as possible; book a lunch if you like too.
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6270 126 St, Surrey, BC V3X 1T9

Note*
When registering please be sure to give your e-mail address. If you already registered without an email address, please reregister with an e-mail, then send an e-mail to surreyfhc@gmail.com to let the organizers know.

This will ensure that enough space is available and that handouts are sent out ahead of time, so be sure to re-register if you didn’t submit your e-mail address.

BCGS Librarians Honoured by BC Historical Federation

Each year, the British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) awards Certificates of Recognition to individual members of BCHF Member Societies who have given exceptional service to their organization or community either for a specific project or for long service in the preservation of British Columbia’s history.

The Award of Recognition, presented to BCGS Library Administrator Betty Allen, at the BCHF Conference Banquet, Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at the Coast Hotel in Chilliwack, acknowledges the efforts of the librarians who have created and served the BC Genealogical Society’s library from 1971 to the present. Over a period of 46 years, the librarians have guided the society and grown one of the province’s premier genealogical libraries.

Shannon Bettles, the Federation’s Recognition Committee Chair said,

“Congratulations on your Award of the British Columbia Historical
Federation’s Certificate of Recognition. Your interest and activities in preserving and promoting British Columbia’s colourful history is very much appreciated.”

 The BC Genealogical Society’s Library Heads listed from 1971 are:

1971-72 Joanne Hughes – first official BCGS Librarian – Sept 1971
1972-73 Maureen Hyde
1973-75 Alice Marwood
1975-76 Merle Smith
1976-77 Mary Elizabeth Davidson and Mary Hardy Knox
1977-84 Alice Marwood
1984-87 Beryl Hoeppner
1987-1990 Valerie Melanson
1990-91 Ruth Blue
1991-97 Tom and Margaret Steele
1997-2003 Barbara Monasch
2004 –  Betty Allen

Maureen Hyde, one of BCGS’s very first librarians, was also at the Banquet. Four BCGS-BCHF members supported the nomination, Jacqueline Gresko, Cathy Magee, M. Diane Rogers, and Brenda M. Smith. Jacqueline, Diane and Brenda were present at the banquet, as were BCGS members Ron Hyde, Kenneth Livingstone, BCGS First Vice-President, and Erica Williams. Alice Marwood’s years of service to the BCHF were remembered at the Federation’s AGM “In Memoriam”.

Learn more about the history of the BC Genealogical Society Library, in 1996 named as the Walter Draycott Memorial Library – read Sylvia Pencer’s article on-line “The History of the B. C. G. S. Resource Library” (2005).

The BCGS Walter Draycott Memorial Library in Surrey, BC, is open year round, 3 days a week, to members and other researchers. See the Library’s main webpage for details, catalogues, etc.

Read about all the BC Historical Federation’s 2017 Awards and see conference photos at the Federation’s website www.bchistory.ca