Invitation to our first Genealogical Cocktail Party! BCGS General Meeting – Feb 11, 2015

Join us at our regular February 11th, 2015 meeting, and attend our first Genealogical Cocktail Party! (Sorry, no ‘special’ drinks will be served.)

And later, Peter Whitlock will share his latest find and his connection to the 8th Baron of Webster.

Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Click here for a printable notice with a map of the location for BCGS General Meetings.

Descendancy Research session – Jan. 19, 2015 – Surrey BC

Note: NEW time and day – Monday, January 19th, 2015  10 – 11:30 AM

Topic: Descendancy Research with Jeannie Vance

Learn how to find more of the descendants of your ancestors using Familysearch Family Tree Puzzilla. This is a good course for people who already have several generations of ancestors in FS Family Tree.

Location: Surrey Family History Center, 6270 – 126th St., Surrey, BC. Access to the Family History Center is at the south entrance of the Surrey Stake LDS Church building. Please press the Door Bell located to the left of the double door to gain access.

Pre-registration is not required but is preferred. E-mail: or call the Center at 604-597-9695 and leave your name and number.

Surrey Family History Center website:

BCGS Christmas Social – Dec. 10, 2014 in Burnaby BC

The BCGS Christmas Social is Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:30 pm in Burnaby.

Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Seasonal refreshments, members’ displays, entertainment and the popular annual BCGS pocket book sale.

Donations of both holiday goodies and of paperback books for the book sale will be appreciated.

Please renew your membership for 2015 right now on-line or at the meeting or by mail.

About the photograph -This shows “Climbers at Mount Resplendent”, British Columbia, Canada in 1913. Byron Harmon postcard. Courtesy Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Mount Resplendent is southeast of the Robson Glacier in Mount Robson Provincial Park and was first climbed by Byron Harmon and Conrad Kain in 1911. Byron Harmon was a well known Western Canadian photographer and Conrad Kain, an accomplished mountaineer and guide.

Learn more about Byron Harmon and see more of his photographs at his grand daughter’s website Byron Harmon Photos and see the Conrad Kain Centennial Society website for a biography of Conrad Kain.


Genealogy Seminar with William Dollarhide – South Whidbey Island, USA, April 2015

The Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island will host its 2015 Seminar at the Dancing Fish Farmhouse,  25th April, 2015.

The seminar speaker will be William W. Dollarhide who has been in pursuit of his family origins since 1971. A well known genealogy speaker and author, Bill Dollarhide’s honors include an Award of Merit from the American Society of Genealogists for the Map Guide book and an Award of Appreciation from the National Genealogical Society. He’s written over ten genealogy books; the latest is Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE.

The 2015 South Whidbey Island Seminar will include four separate genealogical sessions. Included are the four sessions, a morning snack, and tea and coffee all day long in a beautiful and comfortable setting. On-site hot lunch is also available. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

For full details and registration information, read, download or print the South Whidbey Island Genealogy Seminar 2015 brochure here.

Canadian Census & Immigration talk with Dave Obee – Dec 6, 2014, North Vancouver

Canadian Family History: Census and Immigration Records

Join Dave Obee for a free session that looks into the Canadian immigration and census records that are available and the best ways to use them in your family history research.

Dave is the author of Destination Canada (on immigration) and Counting Canada (on the census) and the new history of the North Vancouver District Public Library, Fifty! With a Fabulous Future! Dave has won numerous awards for his work, including this year the Governor General’s Caring Canadian award.

Time: Saturday, December 6, 2014 – 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Free. Registration required.  Call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175 to register or for more information.

Location: Capilano Branch, 3045 Highland Blvd., North Vancouver, BC V7R 2X4

The launch of Dave Obee’s latest book about the North Vancouver District Public Library is December 6 in the evening. Tickets available:

North Vancouver District Public Library website: