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

November 11, 2015 BCGS General Meeting – Military Memories


Poppies near Kelling, North Norfolk, UK, June 2002; Photographer John Beniston (Palmiped). Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Poppy2004.JPG#/media/File:Poppy2004.JPG

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby. All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.
Directions and map (.pdf)

Continuing on our usual military theme for our November meeting, this year we would like to invite our members to share the stories and/or adventures of their family members. If you would like to participate and share one of your family’s military experiences, please let Eunice know at eunice@dccnet.com – each presentation to be between 8-10 minutes.

BCGS General Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

BCGS General Meeting – Oct. 14, 2015 – October Classes – Scottish & Canadian Prairies

The Scottish Group, with George Caldwell, will be meeting at the October 14, 2015 General Meeting, so bring your research questions or answers and share.

For our Canadian researchers, we will focus on the Prairies – Judith Ueland and Brenda Smith will facilitate this session.  Brenda will be sharing her summer research in Saskatchewan.

BCGS General Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Finding Your Roots Seminar – Sat. Oct. 17, 2015 – Surrey BC

The annual Finding Your Roots Seminar is almost here! All day; free. Genealogy classes, displays and more. Look for the BC Genealogical Society displays and tables in the exhibit hall. Many of our members will be speaking and there will be a special session on “BCGS: The Joy of Belonging” with Cathy Magee.

Pre-register on-line for classes. And for a lunch, if you like.

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Location: 6270 126 Street, Surrey BC. Lots of free parking. Wheelchair accessible. Public transit nearby.
More information: See the website: http://findingyourroots.ca or call 604 597-9695