BCGS at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 2014

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Here’s a look at the BC Genealogical Society St. Patrick’s Day Parade group. Lots of music and dancing and bagpipes. We were very lucky really with the weather for CelticFest Vancouver this year – never too cold, only a little bit of drizzle (and no snow!).

BCGS CelticFest Group - 2014

BCGS Group Marching - CelticFest 2014Here we are marching on Howe Street about midway.

BCGS & UELAC groupWe marched right behind our friends, the Vancouver Branch of the United Empire Loyalists of Canada. Here’s a group photo of most parade members from both groups. And yes, as you can see, a good time was had by all!

I know the British Isles Family HIstory Society of Greater Ottawa was in Ottawa’s parade. John D. Reid has photos of the BIFHSGO group on his Anglo-Celtic Connections blog.  Which other Canadian genealogical groups took part in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Please do comment.

BCGS in CelticFest Parade, Vancouver, March 16, 2014

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CelticFest 2014

Watch for the British Columbia Genealogical Society in Vancouver’s 10th CelticFest Parade, Sunday, 16 March 2014. The parade starts at 11 am, beginning at Howe and Davie, and following along Howe to Georgia, finishing up at Granville and Georgia. (BCGS marchers will meet at Howe and Drake at 10 am.)

Catch the free entertainment at the Celtic Village & Street Market on Granville Street and Robson Square in downtown Vancouver all weekend. For full details of CelticFest events, many of them free, see the CelticFest Vancouver website.

BCGS AGM & Wills Research presentation – March 12, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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.