Happy St. Patrick’s Week!

St-Patricks-Day-postcard-1912

If you are visiting us because you met or saw us at the CelticFest Vancouver Parade today, or because you are thinking about your Celtic relatives this week, welcome!

Perhaps they were from Ireland or Scotland? We do have resources here that can help you in researching these families, and we have many resources for family history research around the world. We have recommended family history web links, and meeting groups for both Irish and Scottish research, for example.

Looking for a full size version of our genealogy pedigree chart? Click here for a .pdf version of the BCGS pedigree chart that you can print out and use free of charge.

Don’t hesitate to contact us. bcgs@bcgs.ca or call our Library in Surrey, BC at 604 502 9119.

The 1912 postcard shown above is courtesy of Wikipedia which has a nice article all about shamrocks.
[Postcard: “St. Patrick’s Day Souvenir” postmarked 1912 in the United States. On postcard: “OLD WEIR BRIDGE” Description: “1912 POSTCARD ST. PATRICK’S DAY SOUVENIR; POSTALLY USED and CANCELLED MARCH 1912” Pictured: The painting depicted is of the “Old Weir Bridge” located Dinis Cottage, in Killarney National Park, Ireland. By Artist for original postcard not credited – Postcard described above via, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9778509 ]

Happy New Year to all genealogists!

Vintage-New-Year-Countdown There are many opportunities for genealogists coming up in 2016 in British Columbia, including participating in the BC Genealogical Society regular General Meetings, the first for 2016 on January 13th, writing for and reading our quarterly journal, hearing BCGS speakers and sharing research in special interest group sessions, furthering personal research at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, and attending the annual BCGS Seminar, April 30th with Chris Paton, and enjoying the annual Book Awards and Strawberry Tea, and the Harvest Supper in September. We look forward to hearing from BCGS members and friends and meeting them at activities and events throughout the year.

May your 2016 be filled with ancestors – and the sounds of those family history brick walls breaking down.

The British Columbia Genealogist – December 2015 issue

Thank you to those commenting on the journal at last night’s meeting. Glad you read and enjoy it!

Thank you to all our authors who participated in our recent article challenge – “My Ancestor Was A __________” I loved the articles, each with such a different take on the theme. As promised, there will be a prize draw – watch for that in January.

As a followup to some of the December 2015 journal articles

Home Children – Library and Archives Canada just today published a “Guide to Sending Organizations and Receiving Homes”, but apparently it’s still not public. Instead follow this link Home Children: 1869-1930 to LAC’s many resources for Home Child research. The Guide should be linked there very soon.
Check out Library and Archives Canada’s Blog too.

And this BCGS website section: British Home Children; British Child Migrants

Vancouver Province long term subscribers, 1929 – Follow the link to this new index on the BCGS website – over 2700 names from around British Columbia.

Australian marriages 1850’s/1860s – This index A-Z will be available in the Members’ Only area by next week.

And remember those Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions

As, President Rob said – Back up, Back up! Here is our Backup Your Genealogy! – and Cloud Storage resource section.

And think seriously about what will happen to your genealogy ‘when you’re gone’. Here’s our section of links to articles and templates you can use for Genealogical Legacies, Codicils, and Related Resources

And links to a few Upcoming BCGS Events and Activities

The BCGS 2016 Seminar with Chris Paton, 30 April, [Location now Richmond – 1/2016], BC. Tickets would make great Christmas presents!

Bring A Friend Membership Contest