BCGS AGM & Wills Research presentation – March 12, 2014

BCGS Annual General Meeting & Wills Research Presentation – March 12, 2014, Burnaby, BC

The BC Genealogical Society Annual General Meeting is Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a location map with directions.

After the AGM, Peter Whitlock will present Using Wills to Link the Generations, demonstrating how you can use Wills to bring together data from other sources, linking the generations together as a family – even between generations that moved many miles from their original ancestral home.

Peter Whitlock has forty-five years of experience with genealogical research. His area of expertise is his Whitlock Family One Name Study and Association.  Peter is a long time BC Genealogical Society member and a Past President.

Refreshments. All interested in genealogy and family history are welcome to attend.

Upcoming event – BCGS Seminar with Audrey Collins from England and Geoff Doherty from Australia, Saturday, 31 May,  2014, in Richmond, BC. See the BCGS 2014 Seminar information here. Tickets available at the BCGS meeting, or through the 2014 BCGS Seminar webpage, or by telephone or mail.

BCGS General Monthly Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church.

Reminder – BCGS Seminar – 31 May, 2014

A reminder that early bird prices for the Saturday, May 31st, 2014 BCGS Seminar with Audrey Collins and Geoff Doherty are in effect only till April 30th.

Topics:

  • The National Archives of the UK – Audrey Collins. Researching English and Welsh records from a distance, including those records for Scotland and Ireland held at the National Archives
  •  The London Gazette – Audrey Collins.
  • Finding Your Australian Cousins –   Geoff Doherty

Seminar Registration: Early Bird Prices until April 30, 2014 – Tickets $45.00 for BCGS & Affiliate Society members; $55.00 for non-members. Refreshments and lunch included. Download the revised BCGS Seminar 2014 brochure. (.pdf)  Great door prizes too, including a Find My Past membership.

After May 1st, the prices increase to $55.00 for BCGS & Affiliate Society Members and to $65.00 for non-members.

Registration options: on-line with PayPay on this website, or by phone or e-mail, or at a BCGS meeting or event.

For details, including contact info and PayPal links see the 2014 BCGS Seminar webpage: http://www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=2511

Genealogy & related events -in Surrey & in Castlegar & Parksville, BC

Events coming up in Crescent Beach in Surrey, March 19th and in Castlegar, May 3rd, 2014 and at Parksville, May 24th.

Alexandra Neighbourhood House hosts Lit Cafe 2 – Histories: Our Community, Ourselves, an evening of readings showcasing the work of five talented, award-winning local authors reading from their works of biography and history.

The event is Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 7-9 pm in the newly-inaugurated Reading Room at Alexandra Neighbourhood House, 2916 McBride Ave. in Crescent Beach.

Confirmed readers so far: Julie Ferguson, Andrea Lister (editor of British Columbia History), and Robert Mackay.

In addition to the readings, the evening includes opportunities for questions and answers, and an open mic portion for any who might want to share their own works. Refreshments will be available, and there will be an opportunity to purchase works published by the authors.

For more information, please contact Neil Fernyhough, Coordinator of Community Programs, at 604 618 2357 (ext 236) or at communityprograms@alexhouse.net.

The West Kootenay Family Historians Society`s 25th anniversary genealogy workshop, “Tracing Your Family Tree“ will be at Selkirk College in Castlegar on Saturday, May 3, 2014   Registration for the workshop is through Selkirk College.

Topics for beginners and experienced researchers.

  • Did you glean all there was from the Census record?, Donna Fraser
  • Local history as viewed through historic West Kootenay postcards, Greg Nesteroff
  • Aboriginal issues in genealogy. Jackie Cole
  • Planning a successful family history research trip, Donna Fraser

Details of the“Tracing Your Family Tree“ seminar can be viewed at: www.wkfamilyhistorians.wordpress.com

The Qualicum Beach Family History Society’s seminar, Unlocking the Past, is Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Tigh Na Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre in Parksville, BC.

Speakers are:

1. Merritt (Biff) Barnes of California, USA
2. Nancy Barnes of California, USA
3. Audrey Collins of London, UK
4. Lyn Meehan of Edmonton, AB
5. James Tanner of Arizona, USA

For Unlocking the Past details, see the Qualicum Beach Family History website: http://qbfhs.ca/events-education/2013-05-31-18-50-43

BCGS Feb 12, 2014 General Meeting Reminder

Reminder: The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The group sessions after the general meeting will be:

Canada – Maps & Land Records, Ontario – Judith Ueland

DNA Special Interest Group – Introduction to using charts & an update on what’s new (BigY test, prices, news from RootsTech) – Diane Rogers

UPCOMING EVENTS

Learn about Twitter for Genealogy at the free sessions to be held at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC on:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and/or,

Saturday, February 22, 2014 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Free, but you do need to register ahead of time as space is limited, e-mail Eunice at eunice@dccnet.com till Feb. 14th, or Lorraine, lorraine.irving42@gmail.com after Feb 14th.

And Early Bird priced tickets are for sale now for the May 31st BCGS seminar with Audrey Collins from the National Archives of the UK and Geoff Doherty from Australia. See the details on our BCGS 2014 Seminar page and download the brochure which has more information on the speakers and their topics.

Keep an eye on the BCGS website Calendar as we post information there on all upcoming events as soon as we have details. March 12, 2014 will be the BCGS Annual General Meeting. Speaker: Peter Whitlock on Using Wills to Link the Generations.

BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group meets 11 Feb., 2014

The BCGS Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group meets Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Time: 1:00 PM.

Note a slight change in location for this meeting only.

Location: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver, in the Morris J. Wosk Board Room (not in the Board Breakout Room this time) on the 7th Floor.

Bring your ideas, questions and latest discoveries. We are a friendly, helpful group. Diane R will be just home from the RootsTech 2014 conference and no doubt will have some genealogy news.

Anyone interested in genealogy and family history is welcome. Learn more about our Vancouver Genealogy group at Meetup.com

Genealogy Workshops, Langley Museum, Jan-Mar 2014

Brenda L. Smith will be presenting three genealogy workshops at the Langley Centennial Museum.

See the Museum workshops poster here

The 3 sessions are:

Casting the Net – effective search techniques, January 22, 6:30-8:30 pm

Can You Prove That – standards of proof for family history research, February 15, 2-4 pm

Creating Closure – how information about the end of a life can help guide your research, March 9, 2-4 pm.

See the Langley Centennial Museum genealogy session poster above. To register or for more information, call 604 532 3536.