There’s still time to enter the 2014 BCGS BRING-A-FRIEND MEMBERSHIP CONTEST!
All current BC Genealogical Society members are eligible for one entry for each full membership (not associate memberships) they sign up from August 2014 to June 1, 2015.
Three Prize Baskets will be awarded at the June 2015 meeting by draw.
See all the Contest details: BCGS Bring-A-Friend Membership Contest
It’s now only 25 days till the BCGS 2015 Seminar with speaker Jill Morelli, 9 May, 2015 in Richmond, BC.
Order your tickets now at the early bird price – until April 30, 2015, tickets are $44.00 each for BCGS & Affiliate Society Members; $55.00 for non-members.
After April 30th, the prices increase to $55.00 each for BCGS & Affiliate Society Members; $65.00 for non-members.
Remember – Your tickets include refreshments and lunch.
See all the details on the BCGS 2015 Seminar page. You may order your tickets on-line with PayPal or by phone or e-mail, or by mail or at the May meeting. Call, e-mail or pay on-line now to get the early bird special.
Speaker Jill Morelli currently is writing a series of articles about Jens Dahl, a Norwegian born immigrant to the USA who enlisted in the Union Army in 1862. Here is her first article from A Year in the Life of Jens Dahl
Here is a link to her other articles on Jens Dahl’s Civil War experiences.
The BC Genealogical Society Annual General Meeting is Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a location map with directions.
All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.
Speaker: Lindsay McArthur
Topic: Cemetery Research and Transcribing – how to properly clean headstones.
LIndsay McArthur has worked on cemetery projects in both Maple Ridge and Fort Langley. While working at the Langley Centennial Museum she organized “Down to Earth”, a provincial cemetery symposium attended by people from around British Columbia. Lindsay is currently the Visual Arts programmer at the Surrey Art Gallery.
The BC Genealogical Society’s Cemetery Committee is planning field trips and photography projects for 2015. If you are interested in working on a cemetery project with the Committee, please contact Betty Allen by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at the BCGS Library 604 502 9119.
The BCGS Cemetery Committee’s latest publication is on Nelson Memorial Cemetery in Nelson, British Columbia.
Rootstech 2015 Update – February 2015 – A number of the Rootstech 2015 sessions are available now to watch free on-line. Go to http://www.rootstech.org/video/4050134760001 to see these. Handouts are available for most of the conference sessions at http://www.rootstech.org/About/syllabus?lang=eng
Don’t miss Rootstech 2015!
A number of sessions from the Rootstech conference in Salt Lake City will be streamed live starting Thursday morning, February 12th and continuing till Saturday, February 14th. Here is the 2015 Rootstech streaming schedule.
Sessions will be available from the Main Rootstech website page. The syllabus materials for Rootstech sessions are on-line and downloadable too.
The FamilySearch blog has 5 Tips to Ensure a Pleasant Live Stream Experience.
Many attendees, whether on site or virtual will be discussing the sessions and #genealogy on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and other social sites. Official Hashtag – #RootsTech
Vancouver’s CelticFest is getting closer. We’re looking for many more BCGS members to join our St. Patrick’s Day marching group on Sunday morning, March 15th in downtown Vancouver. We’ll be wearing the green, shiny shamrocks and lots of plaid.
This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will follow the same route as in 2014, beginning on Howe and Davie Streets, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia, and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets. It’s a very easy walkable route. Here’s the CelticFest Parade Map. And we lunch afterwards together with our good friends from the United Empire Loyalists of Canada. Contact M. Diane Rogers to join our parade group.
Some 200,000 people are expected to be right there watching the parade this year. There’s lots of free entertainment both Saturday and Sunday and many other events and activities. See the CelticFest Vancouver website for details.