October genealogy events – Reminder – Surrey, Vancouver

Reminder of the upcoming genealogy events for October 2013

Genealogy 101 – Organizing Your Genealogy session with Eunice Robinson, BCGS Walter Draycott Library, Thursday, Oct 17, 2013. 10 am-12:30 pm.

Heidi Sugden speaking on European Research, BCGS Walter Draycott Library, Friday, 18 October, 7-8:30 pm. Free to BCGS members.

The annual all day free Finding Your Roots Seminar – Saturday, 19 October 2013. Visit for the BCGS Boutique, and BCGS book sales and displays.

Cemetery Research for Family History – Monday, 21 October 2013, 2-3:30 pm, Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, sponsored by the BC Genealogical Society and the Vancouver Public Library. Free.

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Reminder – Heidi G. Sugden, AG, speaking in Surrey, October 2013

Heidi G. Sugden, AG, will be speaking on European sources and new material available to researchers about European countries not covered in her sessions HeidiSugdenat the Finding Your Roots seminar the following day.  There will be time for questions too. Friday night, October 18, from 7-8:30 pm at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC. Space is limited to 20 people; register now with Lorraine Irving at lorraine.irving42@gmail.com

Heidi Sugden, AG, accredited through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen), is a research consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City where she’s worked since 1998. She is an instructor in the Genealogical Society of Utah’s course, ‘Germany: Advanced Tools and Methods’. She co-authored the chapter on “Paleography: Abstracting, Transcribing, Translating” with Ruth Ellen Maness, AG, published in the 2012 book, Becoming an Excellent Genealogist: Essays on Professional Research Skills.  She will be speaking on France, Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the Finding Your Roots Seminar, Saturday, October 19, 2013.

See her Beginning Research in France, 2 part video/slide presentation at FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/beginning-research-in-france-part-1-of-2/560

And her list of “Great French websites”, with a vocabulary list, FamilySearch: http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Community/en/FamilySearch/FHL%20Exports/Heidi%20G.%20Sugden/Great%20French%20Websites%20Handout.pdf

Reminder: Bruce McIntyre Watson to speak – BCGS General Meeting, Oct 9, 2013, Burnaby, BC

Speaker Bruce Mcintyre Watson on ‘Children from early native and non-native relationships from the Pacific Coast to the Rockies: How does a genealogist trace anything through this maze?’

October 9, 2013 – 7:30 pm, BCGS General Meeting, Burnaby, BC

Downstairs Hall at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.



Speaker: Bruce McIntyre Watson





Vancouver historian Bruce McIntyre Watson will look at the history of children from early native and non-native relationships throughout the Pacific Northwest and the tough job that a genealogist has in trying to trace ancestors back to that period. First, he will look at the possible descendants of one or more Spanish wrecks along the Oregon coast, and moving up the coast from the mouth of the Columbia River to Yakutat, Alaska, will briefly look at hubs of activity and interaction. In the second part, he will look at the posts west of the Rockies and examine how they enabled families to develop. Third and throughout the talk, he will look at possible sources to extract genealogical information from the late 1600s to 1838.

Bruce M. Watson co-authored with Jean Barman, Leaving Paradise: Indigenous Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest, 1787-1898, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006 and is the author of Lives Lived West of the Divide: A Biographical Dictionary of Fur Traders working West of the Rockies, 1793-1858, Kelowna: Centre For Social, Spatial and Economic Justice, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, 2010.

Bruce Watson’s 3 volume set, Lives Lived West of the Divide, won First Prize in the BCGS Family History Book Award competition in 2010.  The volumes are available in both paper (3 volumes) and digital (.pdf – free) formats at Lulu.com. He is currently working on a similar manuscript focussing on the people of the maritime fur trade.

BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group Meeting, Oct. 8, 2013, 1pm, VPL Central Branch

Reminder:  This month the Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meeting is Tuesday, 8 October, 2013 in the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 7th Floor Board Breakout Room, 350 West Georgia Street, V6B 6B1.

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 Meetup.com.

Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library concourse ceiling, 2009 photograph by Daniela Silva, danielabsilva on Flickr.com; (Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

Cemetery Research for Family History – Vancouver – Oct. 21, 2013

Cemetery Research for Family History – 21 October 2013, sponsored by the BC Genealogical Society and the Vancouver Public Library.

Murphy-1943-NelsonDay & Time: Monday, October 21 – 2:00 pm-3:30 pm.

Location: Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level Central Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC.

Free. No registration required.

This Cemetery Research session with members of the BC Genealogical Society will focus on locating, researching and sharing information and images of family headstones and burial or other final resting places or memorials. Examples will be shown from around the world – related records, history, symbolism and cemetery etiquette will be discussed.

For more information, see the Vancouver Public Library Event Calendar: http://www.vpl.ca/cgi-bin/Calendar/calendar.cgi

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Francis R. Murphy headstone, Nelson Memorial Cemetery, Nelson, BC, Canada. Photograph, private collection.
Babyland area, Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby, BC, Canada. Photograph, private collection.

BCGS Editor’s Chat – Sept 23, 2013 – 7 pm at bcgs.ca

A very quiet chat!   Everyone must have been watching the brand new ‘Genealogy Roadshow’.

Some news on upcoming events, the University of Manitoba’s new digital portal, and Judy Webster’s Queensland Australia website – and a question – which apps are people using for #genealogy on their mobile devices (or not!)? Continue reading