Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meets Tues., Nov. 18, 2014 – Note date change.

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Please note the date change this month for the Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group to Tuesday, November 18th (not November 11th) due to the Remembrance Day holiday.

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Bring your ideas, questions and latest discoveries. It’s a friendly, helpful group – all interested in genealogy and family history are welcome.

 

Meetup at 1pm at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library in the Board Breakout Room, 7th Floor, 350 West Georgia, November 18th, 2014.

For more about our group, see our Meetup pages.

The photograph above shows the Norwegian-Icelandic Jubilee Committee float in the Vancouver, British Columbia, Golden Jubilee parade in 1936 as it passes the Carnegie Library.  Photographer, James Crookall. Photo courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives and James Crookall, AM640-S1-: CVA 260-495.  Thanks to funding by the Friends of the City of Vancouver Archives over 1000 of Mr. Crookall’s photographs have now been digitized. For more about him and his photographs, see the Authenticity blog article, “The Photography of James Crookall” by Sue Bigelow, published 24 March 2014. Authenticity is the City of Vancouver Archives blog.

All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery – Oct 25-Nov 2, 2014, Vancouver BC

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Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery will celebrate its 10th Annual All Souls event starting on Saturday, October 25th and conitinuing till November 2, 2014.  This is a peaceful, reflective family friendly time to visit Mountain View.  Beginning on the 25th, the Celebration Hall will be open each night – 6-10 pm for the All Souls Opening, October 25th with music and tea, and memorial making with flowers and candles, and then 6-9 pm nightly till the 2nd.

To see the details for all this year’s events, and photographs and memories of past years, go to the Night For All Souls website.

Cemetery walking tours are included in the events.

Sunday, October 26, 2-4pm  and Sunday, November 2, 2-4pm – Veterans of World War One in Mountain View Cemetery walk with Joe MacEachern

Saturday, November 1, 2-4pm – Historical Walk with Lorraine Irving
 

Military_Graves-Mountain_View_Cemetery-Vancouver_BCMilitary Graves and Cross of Sacrifice, Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 2013.

Brick Walls 2 Seminar! Saturday, November 1, 2014 – Surrey BC

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**Tickets for the Seminar are still available, but One-On-One Brick Wall Consultations are going quickly.  Call Susan Snalam now at 604 273 8209 to reserve your tickets.**

Brick Walls Seminar 2 – Sharing Strategies on Tough Genealogy Problems

with M. Diane Rogers, Brenda L. Smith, and Peter Whitlock, plus guest speaker Eunice Robinson.

Co-sponsors: British Columbia Genealogical Society and the Cloverdale Library (Surrey Libraries).
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BCGS General Meeting – October 8, 2014

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Girls'_Softball_team_members-Ocean_Falls-1944The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Directions and map (.pdf)

Two group sessions after the general meeting:

Genealogy 101 – Parish Registers
English Group – Planning research trips to England. Bring your travel tips and success stories.

UPCOMING EVENTS

BRICK WALLS 2 SEMINAR —  Saturday, November 1, 2014 – Surrey BC – co-sponsored by BCGS and Cloverdale Library. Tickets available at the BCGS general meeting or pay on-line or by phone..

FINDING YOUR ROOTS SEMINAR
— Saturday, October 18, 2014  – Surrey BC. Free; all day. Look for BCGS displays, book sales and the Boutique at this seminar. Check the speakers schedule; register and reserve lunch on-line.

BCGS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL — You may renew for 2015 at this meeting, or right now with PayPal on the BCGS website, or by mail.

BCGS MOST IMPROVED GENEALOGIST CONTEST — all BCGS members are eligible; submit your entry to the Education Committee by the November 2014 meeting.

The photo above shows Pacific Mills’ girls’ softball team members at Ocean Falls, BC, November, 1944. Photographers:Don Coltman and Colmer Steffens. Courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives: CVA 586-3285.

Cemetery Tours – Burnaby & Vancouver – Sept 2014

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MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, VANCOUVER – HORNE 1 AND 2,  WALKING TOUR

Join Lorraine Irving from the BC Genealogical Society for a walking tour of the cemetery’s highest sections, Horne 1 and 2. Enjoy a fantastic view of downtown Vancouver and the mountains. You’ll hear about a soldier who fought in the Riel Rebellion that’s buried near the WW1 cenotaph, a survivor of the Titanic, and more.

Sunday, September 14, 2014 2-3:30 pm. Free.

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THE EVOLUTION OF CHINESE GRAVES AT BURNABY’S OCEAN VIEW CEMETERY

A walking tour with historian Maurice Guibord

Sat., September 27, 2014, 1-2 pm. Meet inside the cemetery entrance at corner of Imperial St. & Patterson Ave.  Call Maurice Guibord, Vancouver, 604-253-9311 Cell 604-771-3047

Free, followed by coffee on site, courtesy of the cemetery management.

Wear comfortable walking shoes, as this tour entails a fair bit of walking.

Around 1919, Burnaby’s Ocean View Cemetery created a burial section on its perimeter as far from its entrance as one could walk, in order to meet the needs of non-Europeans seeking internment of their deceased. This small segregated plot was named Mongolia, one of the racist epithets designating Asians during that period. You will see buried there, side by side, the well-known Vancouverite Won Alexander Cumyow, and Ross Hendrix, later made famous by his Vancouver-raised grandson, guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

This measure was but a symptom of the racism exercised well into the 1960s in cemeteries in the British Empire, a reflection of the racial climate experienced in the day-to-day life of non-whites.

At Ocean View, you will see the evolution of this approach to burial over a century, from segregated plots to accommodating sections in mausoleums, and to sections catering largely to the Chinese community, where feng-shui stipulations and family estates lay a new claim to identity for this community. You will witness the effects of trans-Pacific political decisions that dramatically reformed centuries-held traditions such as the removal of remains back to China, to the advent of reverse migration of remains from China to North America.