BCGS General Meeting – April 9, 2014, Burnaby, BC

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Reminder: The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Talk by M. Diane Rogers  - “Only £8 worth of things left” — the case of Henry Parker’s bankruptcy – how his financial woes helped my family history research.

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane’s Your Aunt. She’s been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and even further afield.

Upcoming BCGS Event:  Early Bird priced tickets are still available for the May 31st BCGS seminar with Audrey Collins from The National Archives of the UK and Geoff Doherty from Australia. The April meeting will be the last chance to buy tickets in person before the price goes up! Tickets are also available by phone or on-line. See all the details on the BCGS 2014 Seminar page and download the brochure.

BCGS Boutique events – 2014

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BCGS Boutique - Kelowna ConferenceBCGS Boutique at Kelowna

This year, the BCGS Boutique will be at these special events in British Columbia selling genealogy books, maps, and other aids, including charts and magnifiers, and fun things for genealogists and family historians too. If you are attending any one of these events, have a look at the Boutique’s on-line lists of offerings beforehand. For your convenience, you may contact Cathy Magee to pre-order. In addition, BCGS Boutique items are often featured at Greater Vancouver events, like the BC Highland Games in Coquitlam and the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Burnaby in June this year.

  • Qualicum Beach Family History Society’s conference Unlocking the Past in Parksville at Tigh Na Mara on May 24, 2014  – www.qbfhs.ca 
  •  BCGS Seminar with speakers Audrey Collins and Geoff Doherty in Richmond on May 31, 2014 – http://www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=2511
  •  BC Historical Federation’s annual conference and book fair – this year in Cloverdale (Surrey), with the Boutique being on site on Saturday, June 7th -www.bchistory.ca 
  • Harvest Your Family Tree conference in Kelowna in September put on every second year by the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society – http://www.kdgs.ca
  • Finding Your Roots annual conference in October in Surrey put on by the Surrey, Aldergrove and Vancouver Stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. – http://www.findingyourroots.ca

Scrapbooking Presentation, April 24, 2014, BCGS Library

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Preserving Your Memories – Scrapbooking

Are you interested in learning how to preserve your heritage photos and stories by scrapbooking? If so, an Introductory Presentation will be held at the BCGS Library, in the Boardroom, on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

The Presenter will be Donna Mary Schulte. She has over 20 years of experience in scrapbooking and has created her own Heritage Book – which is quite wonderful! During this Introductory Presentation, Donna Mary will discuss her product line, and the steps the participants will learn in the subsequent 4 actual ‘scrapbooking’ sessions, along with the cost of the 4 sessions.  Continue reading

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.