BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group Meets Jan. 14th, 2014

The next BCGS Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group meeting is Tuesday, 14 January, 2014.

Grace Hospital Opening, 1927

Time: 1 pm

Location: 7th Floor Board Breakout Room at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia in Vancouver.

This photograph shows the opening of the Salvation Army’s Grace Hospital in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1927. Photographer, W. J. Moore. City of Vancouver Archives AM54-S4-: Bu N248.

Perhaps we’ll talk about our New Year’s Genealogy Resolutions? Two of us are part of the 52 Ancestors Challenge this year – to blog about 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks. You might like to take a look at some of the Week 1 articles: http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/52-ancestors-challenge-week-1-recap/

Anyone interested is welcome to attend. We discuss genealogy questions and news and help each other with our family history research.

For more about us, see the Vancouver Genealogy Meetup pages: http://www.meetup.com/vancouver-genealogy

Genealogy Webinars, January 2014

No excuses for not getting going on genealogy right away this ‘New Year’ month – whether you’re a beginner or an experienced researcher, there are many on-line learning opportunities coming up. Here are just a few webinars. ( All are BCGS Editor recommended by the way.) If you know of other worthwhile sessions coming up, please add information and a link to this post’s comments.

  • Legacy Family Tree‘s webinars this month are:

                – Are You a GOON? What is a One-Name Study and Why Do One?  by Kirsty Gray. – January 8, 2014, 2:00pm Eastern – More Details & Registration

               – Too Many with the Same Name by Karen Clifford - January 15, 2014, 2:00pm  Eastern – More Details & Registration

  • This Friday, January 10th, Michael John Neill is offering 3 webinars geared to various levels, “Jump Start Your Genealogy”.  See his Search Tip of the Day site for details and registration.

               – Sourcing – 11 AM Central

               – Correlation and Analysis – 1 PM Central

               – There is No Preponderance of the Information - 3 PM Central

  • And, last but never least, Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee are offering an all day Get Your Genealogy Groove Back Boot Camp on Saturday, January 25th. Full details are at the Hack Genealogy website.

 

BCGS January 8, 2014 General Meeting Reminder

Harry Stokes' Chicken RanchThe next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 8 January 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The group sessions after the general meeting will be:

Genealogy 101 – Starting or Jump Starting Your Research
English – Pre-1837 Records

The photograph above shows a group at Harry Stokes’ chicken ranch in the Fraser Valley. The photo was apparently published in the 1928 report “Land Settlement: Across Canada with Lord Lovat; Inspection of Farms of New Citizens Brought to Canada Under the British Family Settlement Scheme” (according to Google Books which gives the author as Canada. Land Settlement Branch, Department of Immigration and Colonization, 1928. The National Archives of the UK lists a copy under Records of the Colonial Office, etc. Not digitized.). Photo courtesy of The National Archives (TNA) , Colonial Office photographic collection – CO 1069-289-15. This photo is posted on the TNA’s Flickr set ‘Lord Lovat’s 1928 Tour’ and the TNA encourages their visitors on Flickr to “use the comments section below the pictures to share any information you have about the people, places or events shown” so if you know more about Harry Stokes and his family or the farm, please let TNA (and BCGS) know. Lord Lovat was a British Under-Secretary of State for the Dominions and his 1928 tour was covered in newspapers in Canada and other British countries.

Upcoming Genealogy Courses – Greater Vancouver, beginning January 2014

If you’ve recently started or returned to your genealogy and family history research, this is a great time to plan to attend classes. Next year, starting in January 2014, there are a number of courses being held in Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Surrey and Vancouver.

Burnaby -

Beginner & Intermediate courses, 8 week sessions for each, beginning in January – Beginners, Fridays, 1:30-3:30 pm.; Intermediates, Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm. Another set of classes will begin in April, then again in September.
Instructor: M. Diane Rogers
Location: Community College for the Retired (CCCR), near Kingsway and Sperling.
Registration: call 604 517 8732 or see the CCCR website: www.cccrburnaby.org

Maple Ridge -

Finding Your Family Tree course, 4 sessions, beginning in either February or April, Thursdays, 7-9 pm.
Instructor: Rob Whitlock
Location: Ridge Meadows College
Registration: call 604 466 6555 or see the College website: www.rmcollege.ca

Surrey -

Start Searching your Family History: A Beginners’ Workshop in 5 Lessons, Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm and Start Writing your Family History: A Communications Workshop in 5 Lessons, Saturdays, 1:30-4:30, each beginning in January.
Instructor: Brenda Smith
Location: Cloverdale Library
Registration: see this BCGS article on Cloverdale’s programmes.

Vancouver -

Beginners’ Genealogy, 4 sessions, Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, starting in February.
Instructor: Celia Lewis
Location: Kerrisdale Community Centre
Registration: call 604 257 6100 or see the Centre’s website: www.kerrisdalecc.com

Introductory genealogy course, 4 weeks, Thursdays, 1-3 pm.
Instructor: M. Diane Rogers
Location: Brock House
Registration: call 604 228 1461 or see the Brock House Society website: www.brockhousesociety.ca

For other opportunities to learn about genealogy and family history, follow these links to read about Cloverdale Library’s upcoming talks on Wills, Scandinavian Research and Cemeteries, see the BCGS website calendar for information on dates of BCGS meetings, including BCGS Special Interest Group meetings and BCGS Genealogy 101 sessions, or attend sessions at the BCGS Library in January and February to learn about using Facebook and Twitter for genealogy.

The Ethics of Genealogy, evening event, Dec. 18, 2013, Vancouver

In partnership with the Jewish Genealogical Institute of BC, the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is very pleased to host an evening of discussion with Cissie Eppel and Catherine Youngren on the topic of “The Ethics of Genealogy”.

Cissie and Catherine will speak from their years of experience in genealogy and comment on some of the challenges that have arisen through this work.

Intersections: “The Ethics of Genealogy”

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 7-9pm

Location: 6184 Ash Street, Vancouver

$5 suggested donation. Coffee, Tea, and light refreshments provided.

“The Ethics of Genealogy” is the December 2013 edition of the JMABC’s monthly Intersections discussion series. Each month, Intersections convenes knowledgeable speakers on an ever expanding range of topics, from ethics to spirituality to social justice and history, all with the intent of “Building Community Through Dialogue.” Past speakers have included Yael Cohen of F* Cancer, Michael Geller of SFU Urban Studies, and Rabbi Dr Robert Daum of the Vancouver School of Theology.

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC’s latest on-line exhibit is ‘More Than Just Mrs.: Jewish Women’s Organizations in BC.

BCGS Christmas Social – Dec. 11, 2013 in Burnaby BC

The BCGS Christmas Social will be Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 7:30 pm in Burnaby.
Candy Cane

Time:  7:30pm – 10:00pm

Where: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Seasonal refreshments, members’ displays, the traditional BCGS genealogy scavenger hunt and the very popular annual BCGS pocket book sale. BCGS members, please contact Eunice Robinson to ensure space for your displays.

Donations of both holiday goodies and of paperback books for the book sale are always appreciated.

Christmas Tree A photo of Vancouver’s Louis Denison Taylor’s Christmas tree, decorated with men’s ties, 25 December 1929. Louis Taylor, Mayor of Vancouver for seven terms from 1910 to1934, was well known for his red ties. We can’t tell what colour those on the tree were, but I bet there was red in each as although that year he wasn’t Mayor, he was very soon back in office.  Photograph courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives. AM1477-1-S5-: CVA 1477-898.

L.D.

If you’d like to know about the intriguing Mayor Taylor, the BCGS Library has his biography, L.D.: Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver, written by Daniel Francis.