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

Counting down – BCGS Seminar – June 9-11 – Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors

Tickets still available for our 2017 Seminar, June 9-11 in Metro Vancouver, featuring these engaging and experienced genealogy speakers at British Columbia`s largest Seminar this year.

Dave Obee
Claire Smith-Burns
Mary Read
Zenia Stanford
Susanne Sulzberger

Whether you are just beginning your family tree, already researching your Canadian families, thinking about adding DNA to your family history tools, or looking beyond Canadian sources for records from overseas, you will find family history answers at our Canada 150 Seminar – Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors.

See all the Seminar details on our Canada 150 Seminar page, including speakers biographies, topics, locations, as well as Saturday`s schedule and registration and payment information.

Come for the full 3 days or for Saturday only. Invite a friend or family member to attend.

For registration, contact Susan Snalam now at domers273@gmail.com or 604 273 8209.

Register with cash, cheque, or Visa by contacting Susan or click to pay with PayPal on the BCGS Canada 150 Seminar page. You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay with PayPal.

BCGS General Meeting – May 10, 2017 – Burnaby

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

After the general meeting, there will be a BCGS genealogy cocktail party, followed by refreshments and then two Special Interest Group sessions.

Irish Group – with Eunice Robinson
Canada Group – with Judith Ueland

All interested are welcome to attend.

Tickets for our 2017 Seminar “Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors”, June 9-11 in Burnaby and Coquitlam, are now available at meetings, by e-mail, phone, or on-line with PayPal. You do NOT need to be a PayPal customer to use a credit card to pay with PayPal.
See all the Seminar and registration details with payment options here.

If you have not already renewed, or would like to join the BCGS, please see the Membership Committee at the meeting, or you may renew or join and pay on-line at the BCGS Membership page.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Group meetings and chats coming up in April-May – at the BCGS Library unless otherwise stated

April 29 – Ireland, 1-3 pm.
April 29 – “Ask Us” session, 10 am-noon.
May 6 – England – 10 am-noon.
May 9 – Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group – 1-3 pm at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library.
May 10 – Mac/Reunion Group – at the Danish Church before the BCGS General Meeting.
May 13 – Quebec Questors – 10 am-noon & 1-3 pm.
May 17 – Welsh Group – 10:30 am-12:30 at the Cambrian Hall in Vancouver.
May 20 – Scandinavian Group – 1-3 pm at the Scandinavian Centre in Burnaby.
May 23 – Legacy Family Tree User’s Group – 1-3 pm – A look at Legacy 9!
May 27 – Beginners Computer Chat & Canada – 10-noon & 1-3 pm.

BCGS Annual Seminar, Friday June 9 to Sunday June 11 in Coquitlam and in Burnaby, Friday evening and New Westminster, Sunday (Fraser Cemetery tour).

See the BCGS at these other events – or volunteer to help. See our Events page and the BCGS Calendar page for more details and links.

Abbotsford Family History Day – April 29, 2017 in Abbotsford.
BC Historical Federation Conference – May 25-28 in Chilliwack. Inlcudes a genealogy workshop with BCGS members.
Highland Games and Scottish Festival, June 17, 2017 in Coquitlam.
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, June 17 & 18 in Burnaby.

Edited 8 March 2017