BCGS General Meeting, Wed., August 10, 2016 in Burnaby.

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 10 August 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The Bylaws Committee will review their work and group discussion on some proposed changes will follow.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

After the business portion, George Caldwell will host a Scottish Group session.

Update, August 8: If you had a relative on the Hector in 1773, see today’s note at

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Fall 2016 Events include:

Sat., Sept. 10th – English Group Coffee Chat; 1-3 pm, BCGS Library.

Wed., Sept. 14th – BCGS Harvest Supper and General Meeting.

Fri./Sat., Sept. 16th and 17th – UEL Dedication and Open House, BCGS Library.

Sat. Oct. 15th – Finding Your Roots Seminar, all day.

Sat. Oct. 29th – BCGS-Cloverdale Library Brickwalls 3 Seminar and Consultations. Tickets available soon from BCGS.

Oct. – BCGS Salt Lake City research trips.

BCGS European Group – Library Week 2016

BCGS Library Week – the Library is open all week, July 18-23, 2016 free. For more information, see Today, we celebrated Scotland and Europe and did more successful research in Newfoundland, BC and Nova Scotia. Tomorrow we will be looking at Ireland.

The BCGS European Group Library Week Session, 18 July 2016

*Breaking News* A free webinar “Researching European Archives from Your Easy Chair” with Lisa A. Alzo is being sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, Thursday, July 21, 2016 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM PDT. Limited space: register here now.

Our Group will be meeting in September at a general meeting and at the Library later. Watch for an update about this soon.

Brenda Smith presented “Eastern Europe in Time and Space” – an illustrated atlas and timeline of events and influences that affected our ancestors’ lives. This sparked discussion!

Among the websites shared were:

The Lost Shoebox, online Polish records with a map showing which areas they cover:

The European Library, access to 48 European national and research libraries:

Polish Origins, great forum!:

BCGS Library resources:

Many books – a selection displayed, including atlases and gazetteers for Europe, and also exchange journals including those from the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria and more. Available was the latest issue of Your Genealogy Today, May-June 2016, at the BCGS Library (929 FC/YGT V2#2 2016} which features an article by Leland Meitzler on German surname mapping websites.

Genealogical dictionaries are often essential. Two recommended are the Swedish Genealogical Dictionary by Phyllis J. Pladsen (BCGS Library 948.5 PLA DIC} and the German-English Genealogical Dictionary by Ernest Thode (BCGS Library 943 THO). And FamilySearch has free Word Lists for many geographic areas, most expanded now and available as .pdf files to keep handy on personal devices.

Click to check both the main BCGS Library catalogue here and the BCGS catalogue for journals, newsletters and magazines.

Recommended books:

The series of Map Guides to German Parish Registers by Kevan Hansen, published by Family Roots Publishing, for example, a recent one for Silesia Province, Regierungsbezirk Oppeln, Kingdom of Prussia (Volume 55 2016). The most recent is the Map Guide to Luxembourg Parish Registers. A BCGS Library acquisition request may be submitted for these.

The free FamilySearch Learning Center has well over 100 European research classes – 3 on German script and on on using the Hansen Map Guides.

And many European genealogical societies were demonstrated and discussed, mainly:

The Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe:

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia:

Germans from Russia Heritage Society:

East European Genealogical Society:

One handout available:

Download “First Steps in European Research – or for a European Do-Over” by M. Diane Rogers (.docx file. For other formats, contact the BCGS webmaster.)

Welcome to BCGS Library Week – 2016



Anyone interested is invited to come to the library this week, bring your family history information and questions – the volunteers will attempt to assist you.

SUNDAY, July 17th – OPEN HOUSE – 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Refreshments.

MONDAY TO SATURDAY, July 18th to 23rd – Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM each day.

1:00 pm – EUROPEAN RESEARCH -Brenda Smith; M. Diane Rogers & other members





1:00 PM – DNA AND GENEALOGY – M. Diane Rogers

Special databases available free, MyHeritage and Quebec Genealogy and PRDH, in addition to Ancestry Library Edition and American Ancestors.

For more information about Library Week, see the BCGS Library Week page.

Address: BCGS Walter Draycott Library – 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC
Telephone: 604 502 9119

For more information about the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, and a map, see the main Library page.

We will be posting information daily about Library resources during the week.

The fun Wordsift above which reflects some of the BCGS Library’s holdings is courtesy of Wordsift 2.