BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group meets 11 Feb., 2014

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The BCGS Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group meets Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Time: 1:00 PM.

Note a slight change in location for this meeting only.

Location: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver, in the Morris J. Wosk Board Room (not in the Board Breakout Room this time) on the 7th Floor.

Bring your ideas, questions and latest discoveries. We are a friendly, helpful group. Diane R will be just home from the RootsTech 2014 conference and no doubt will have some genealogy news.

Anyone interested in genealogy and family history is welcome. Learn more about our Vancouver Genealogy group at Meetup.com

Genealogy Workshops, Langley Museum, Jan-Mar 2014

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Brenda L. Smith will be presenting three genealogy workshops at the Langley Centennial Museum.

See the Museum workshops poster here

The 3 sessions are:

Casting the Net – effective search techniques, January 22, 6:30-8:30 pm

Can You Prove That – standards of proof for family history research, February 15, 2-4 pm

Creating Closure – how information about the end of a life can help guide your research, March 9, 2-4 pm.

See the Langley Centennial Museum genealogy session poster above. To register or for more information, call 604 532 3536.

BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group Meets Jan. 14th, 2014

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The next BCGS Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group meeting is Tuesday, 14 January, 2014.

Grace Hospital Opening, 1927

Time: 1 pm

Location: 7th Floor Board Breakout Room at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia in Vancouver.

This photograph shows the opening of the Salvation Army’s Grace Hospital in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1927. Photographer, W. J. Moore. City of Vancouver Archives AM54-S4-: Bu N248.

Perhaps we’ll talk about our New Year’s Genealogy Resolutions? Two of us are part of the 52 Ancestors Challenge this year – to blog about 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks. You might like to take a look at some of the Week 1 articles: http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/52-ancestors-challenge-week-1-recap/

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

For more about us, see the Vancouver Genealogy Meetup pages: http://www.meetup.com/vancouver-genealogy

Genealogy Webinars, January 2014

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No excuses for not getting going on genealogy right away this ‘New Year’ month – whether you’re a beginner or an experienced researcher, there are many on-line learning opportunities coming up. Here are just a few webinars. ( All are BCGS Editor recommended by the way.) If you know of other worthwhile sessions coming up, please add information and a link to this post’s comments.

  • Legacy Family Tree‘s webinars this month are:

                – Are You a GOON? What is a One-Name Study and Why Do One?  by Kirsty Gray. – January 8, 2014, 2:00pm Eastern – More Details & Registration

               – Too Many with the Same Name by Karen Clifford - January 15, 2014, 2:00pm  Eastern – More Details & Registration

  • This Friday, January 10th, Michael John Neill is offering 3 webinars geared to various levels, “Jump Start Your Genealogy”.  See his Search Tip of the Day site for details and registration.

               – Sourcing – 11 AM Central

               – Correlation and Analysis – 1 PM Central

               – There is No Preponderance of the Information - 3 PM Central

  • And, last but never least, Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee are offering an all day Get Your Genealogy Groove Back Boot Camp on Saturday, January 25th. Full details are at the Hack Genealogy website.

 

BCGS January 8, 2014 General Meeting Reminder

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Harry Stokes' Chicken RanchThe next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 8 January 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The group sessions after the general meeting will be:

Genealogy 101 – Starting or Jump Starting Your Research
English – Pre-1837 Records

The photograph above shows a group at Harry Stokes’ chicken ranch in the Fraser Valley. The photo was apparently published in the 1928 report “Land Settlement: Across Canada with Lord Lovat; Inspection of Farms of New Citizens Brought to Canada Under the British Family Settlement Scheme” (according to Google Books which gives the author as Canada. Land Settlement Branch, Department of Immigration and Colonization, 1928. The National Archives of the UK lists a copy under Records of the Colonial Office, etc. Not digitized.). Photo courtesy of The National Archives (TNA) , Colonial Office photographic collection – CO 1069-289-15. This photo is posted on the TNA’s Flickr set ‘Lord Lovat’s 1928 Tour’ and the TNA encourages their visitors on Flickr to “use the comments section below the pictures to share any information you have about the people, places or events shown” so if you know more about Harry Stokes and his family or the farm, please let TNA (and BCGS) know. Lord Lovat was a British Under-Secretary of State for the Dominions and his 1928 tour was covered in newspapers in Canada and other British countries.

Upcoming Genealogy Courses – Greater Vancouver, beginning January 2014

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If you’ve recently started or returned to your genealogy and family history research, this is a great time to plan to attend classes. Next year, starting in January 2014, there are a number of courses being held in Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Surrey and Vancouver.

Burnaby -

Beginner & Intermediate courses, 8 week sessions for each, beginning in January – Beginners, Fridays, 1:30-3:30 pm.; Intermediates, Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm. Another set of classes will begin in April, then again in September.
Instructor: M. Diane Rogers
Location: Community College for the Retired (CCCR), near Kingsway and Sperling.
Registration: call 604 517 8732 or see the CCCR website: www.cccrburnaby.org

Maple Ridge -

Finding Your Family Tree course, 4 sessions, beginning in either February or April, Thursdays, 7-9 pm.
Instructor: Rob Whitlock
Location: Ridge Meadows College
Registration: call 604 466 6555 or see the College website: www.rmcollege.ca

Surrey -

Start Searching your Family History: A Beginners’ Workshop in 5 Lessons, Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm and Start Writing your Family History: A Communications Workshop in 5 Lessons, Saturdays, 1:30-4:30, each beginning in January.
Instructor: Brenda Smith
Location: Cloverdale Library
Registration: see this BCGS article on Cloverdale’s programmes.

Vancouver -

Beginners’ Genealogy, 4 sessions, Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, starting in February.
Instructor: Celia Lewis
Location: Kerrisdale Community Centre
Registration: call 604 257 6100 or see the Centre’s website: www.kerrisdalecc.com

Introductory genealogy course, 4 weeks, Thursdays, 1-3 pm.
Instructor: M. Diane Rogers
Location: Brock House
Registration: call 604 228 1461 or see the Brock House Society website: www.brockhousesociety.ca

For other opportunities to learn about genealogy and family history, follow these links to read about Cloverdale Library’s upcoming talks on Wills, Scandinavian Research and Cemeteries, see the BCGS website calendar for information on dates of BCGS meetings, including BCGS Special Interest Group meetings and BCGS Genealogy 101 sessions, or attend sessions at the BCGS Library in January and February to learn about using Facebook and Twitter for genealogy.