Using Facebook or Twitter for Genealogy – Jan/Feb 2014

Would you like to learn about using Facebook and Twitter in your genealogy and family history reseach?

Each will help you search for family, let others know about your genealogy interests, and alert you to new or recommended genealogy and family history resources. Have questions about posting images, chatting, sharing, privacy or about the lingo? (What’s a hashtag? a timeline, a tweet, #FF,  Surname Saturday)

Attend the upcoming sessions at the BCGS Library in the Boardroom with M. Diane Rogers.

These are limited to 15 people, so to register for these 4 sessions, contact Eunice Robinson eunice @  Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile devices (phones, IPads, netbooks, tablets, laptops) – WiFi is available at the library. Bring a lunch if you like; light refreshments available.

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- Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 – How to Use Facebook – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Saturday, January 25th, 2014 – How to Use Facebook – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Like the BC Genealogical Society’s Facebook page.


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- Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 – How to Use Twitter – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 – How to Use Twitter – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Follow the BCGS on Twitter @bcgs_ca


BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group Meets, 12 Nov. 2013

Reminder:  The November Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meeting is Tuesday, 12 November, 2013 at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 7th Floor Board Breakout Room, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.  See a Google Map with directions to VPL, Central Branch here.

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

You can learn more about our group on


Photograph – Ice skating on Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1920s. Photographer, Philip Timms.  Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs, VPL7380.

Upcoming BCGS General Meetings – 2013

Upcoming  BC Genealogical Society General Meetings, November-December 2013

November – Burnaby— Wednesday, November 13, 2013 

remember Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

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

Topic: Remembrance. Members may present their military related stories or bring displays. Contact Eunice Robinson to reserve.

This meeting will be the last day to enter the Most Improved Genealogist contest. BCGS members should contact Eunice Robinson by e-mail, telephone or at the meeting about submissions.

December – Burnaby— Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – BCGS Christmas Social

MC900436341Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

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


Seasonal refreshments, members’ displays 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..

BCGS Editor’s Chat – October 28, 2013

Join the BCGS Editor’s Chat Monday, October 28th, at 7 pm PDT.

Ask a question about Canadian genealogy, the BCGS journal or website, one of our BCGS projects, or about BC genealogy, or comment on worldwide genealogy news or a find. During the chats, it’s easy to add links and photos for others to see.

This is a text chat right here on the main home page; no software or headphones are needed. You will be able to type your own message without registering, but if you RSVP / register ahead of time, you will be identified clearly (and you can use an avatar/image to identify yourself).



All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver BC – Cemetery Tour Oct 27, 2013

All Souls’ Events at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, BC begin.

Opening – Saturday, October 26, 6-10 pm. Free. Donations welcome.
Address: 5455 Fraser Street.

All Souls: Historic walk of the cemetery with Lorraine Irving

  • 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday, October 27 2013
  • Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser Street. Meet at the Celebration Hall.
  • Free. Donations welcome.

For details on all the All Souls events, see the Mountain View Cemetery website or the City of Vancouver’s event calendar.

Cloverdale Library events – Family History: A Kitchen Table Approach, Nov. 2, 2013

Two upcoming genealogy events in Cloverdale (Surrey), BC.

For full details on these and other Cloverdale programmes, see the Cloverdale Branch Library’s Family History Programs page.

Family History: a Kitchen Table Approach. Surrey Museum (next to Cloverdale Library).

A kitchen table

Saturday, November 2,  1 to 3 pm. Surrey Museum, 17710-56A Avenue, Surrey.

Registration required. Early next week will determine if there are enough sign-ups to proceed, so if you want to attend, please sign up. And let others know about this event too.

The afternoon will start off with a reception with yummy sandwiches plus coffee, tea, juice.

Then staff from the Library, City of Surrey Archives, and the Museum will each do a presentation in very cosy 40+ seat capacity auditorium in the Museum. Museum speaker Sandra Borger is an expert on family interview techniques.

The idea of the program is to think past the electronic resources (as important as they are) to discover the resources and people that are close at hand to family history researchers.

$15 including the delicious food. To register use WebReg or call or visit the Museum 604-592-6956 and quote this number #4336610. Or call 604-501-5100 and quote that number. Or visit any City of Surrey recreation centre to register in person.

And don’t forget about Cloverdale Library’s next event too.

The Family History Show & Tell. Cloverdale Library.

A website and a family quilt

Sat., Nov. 30, 10:30am – 12:30pm. Cloverdale Library, 5642 – 176A Street, Surrey.
No charge, but donations welcome! Pre-registration required.

Bring in creations or artifacts belonging to an ancestor – anything that tells a story. There have been family quilts, scrapbooks, storyboards, an artificial limb, digital collages and much more.

You are welcome to share by describing what you have brought or you may simply have a table and showcase your items. A laptop and a projector will be available to demonstrate  family history websites or digital collections. Participants will be strictly limited to a maximum of ten minutes talk time.

Visitors without stories are welcome. You might discover a great Christmas gift idea, or simply be inspired! Light refreshments provided.

This program is free, but requires pre-registration and will be held at the Cloverdale Library. To register please visit the Cloverdale Library, or call 604-598-7327, or email