BCGS 2013 Family History Book Awards

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The British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Book Awards for 2013 were awarded on June 11th, 2014 in Burnaby, BC. The three winning authors were:

First – Evelyn Sangster Benson for A Century In A Small Town: One Family’s Stories (Westminster Publishing).

Second – Mack Bryson for A Cowboy’s Life: Memories of a Western Cowboy in an Empire of Grass (Friesen Press).

Third – Tom Lymbery for Tom’s Gray Creek, A Kootenay Lake Memoir, Part I: Early Years to 1945 (Gray Creek Publishing).

Nine books were submitted for consideration. Three of the authors were present; each gave a short reading from their book. Those present were all very impressed with the presentations, and the authors had an opportunity to sell their books. The authors present were Evelyn Sangster Benson, Mack Bryson and Ruth Derksen Siemens.

The evening ended with time to talk to each of the authors. All enjoyed strawberry shortcake, a feature of the evening.

Evelyn_Sangster_Benson-June2014-BCGS_Book_AwardsEvelyn Sangster Benson, June 2014, BCGS Family History Book Awards evening.

Ruth_Derksen_Siemens-June2013-BCGS_Book_AwardsRuth Derksen Siemens, June 2014, BCGS Family History Book Award evening.

Mack_Bryson-June2014-BCGS_Book_AwardsMack Bryson, June 2014, BCGS Family History Book Award evening.

The British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Book Award is awarded annually to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia families. For more information, see the BCGS Family History Award page or contact the Award Chair, Alice Marwood – Phone: 604 582 1548  E-mail: amarwood @ shaw.ca

Photographs courtesy Elizabeth Christie.

BCGS General Meeting – June 11, 2014 – BCGS Book Awards and Strawberry Tea!

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BCGS Strawberry Tea - June 2013

 

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting will be Wednesday, June 11, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, in Burnaby, 6010 Kincaid Street.

See the Google map or download a printable map of the Danish Church’s location with directions.

 

This will be Announcement Night for the BCGS Family History Book Awards. Authors will be speaking about their books and books will be available to buy. Learn more about the BCGS annual Family History Book Awards hereContinue reading

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

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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.

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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.

BC Genealogical Society – 2012 Family History Book Awards

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The winners of the 2012 British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Book Awards were announced this evening, June 12, 2013 in Burnaby, BC, Canada.

The British Columbia Genealogical Society celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011 with a new annual book award to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia, Canada. Books chosen must be written by a British Columbia author or relate to British Columbia family history.  For further information, or to submit a book for the 2013 Awards, please contact Alice Marwood, the BCGS Book Award Committee Chair.

BCGS Family History Book Awards for 2012

First Prize

The Bravest Canadian, Fritz Peters, VC: The Making of a Hero of Two World Wars by Sam McBride (Granville Island Publishing, 2012).

The Bravest Canadian - book cover

Honourable Mention

One Family’s Journey: CANFOR and the Transformation of BC’s Forest Industry by Peter Bentley as told to Robin Fowler (Douglas & McIntyre, 2012).

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Reminder – BCGS General Meeting – June 12, 2013 – Strawberry Tea! BCGS Book Awards! Displays!

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The next BCGS General Meeting will be Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, in Burnaby.

This will be our BCGS Strawberry Tea night and Announcement Night for the BCGS Family History Book Awards. Authors will be there to talk about their books and books will be for sale too. Join us for an educational and fun night.

And members are invited to bring their own displays to show. Please contact Eunice Robinson at 604 596 2811 to ensure space.

Location: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Download BCGS- Location Change-April 2013  (.pdf) for a prinable map of the Danish Church’s location with directions.

The books submitted for this year’s BCGS Family History Book Award included (alphabetically by author’s last name):

Baile, Lisa—John Clarke, Explorer of the Coast Mountains (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2012).

Bentley, Peter, with Fowler, Robin—One Family’s Journey: CANFOR and the Transformation of B. C.’s Forest Industry (Vancouver, BC: Douglas and McIntyre, 2012).

Hawthorn, Tom—Deadlines: Obits of Memorable British Columbians (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2012).

Hope, Sharon—The English Travelers: Three Narratives (Sidney, BC: 2011).

MacLean, Albert Mair with Margaret Anne Hume—My Life: Adventures of an RCAF Flying Officer, Eaton’s Manager, and Family Man (Vancouver, BC: Caissie Cape Publications, 2012).

Martin, Elinor—The Kurrajong Tree: Loves and Lives of Three Women in Colonial Australia (West Vancouver, BC: Eastcot Publications, 2012).

McBride, Sam—The Bravest Canadian – Fritz Peters, VC: the Making of a Hero of Two World Wars (Vancouver, BC: Granville Island Publishing, 2012).

Pavlik, Janet, and Smith, Desmond, and Smith, Eileen—Echoes Across Seymour: a History of North Vancouver’s Eastern Communities Including Dollarton and Deep Cove (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd, 2012).

Young, David Esson—The Uchuck Years: A West Coast Shipping Saga (Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2012).

BCGS Christmas Social, December 2012

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Some photos from the BCGS Christmas Social, held in Burnaby, December 2012.

BCGS members, Christmas social, 2012.

Left: BCGS members at the Christmas social, Judith Ueland, Elvin Meyers and Cynthia Hamilton.

 

BCGS journal volunteers, December 2012

 

 

BCGS Pocket Book Sale, December 2012

Above: BCGS journal volunteers, Shirley Hammer, Jean List and Elizabeth Christie.

Right: A feature of the BCGS annual Christmas social is the pocketbook sale. Shown at the front left is Richard P. Murray, the 2012 winner of the BCGS Most Improved Genealogist competition.

Photographs, courtesy BCGS member, George Caldwell.