BCGS Most Improved Genealogist Contest – 2012

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The deadline for the 2012 BCGS Members’ Most Improved Genealogist Contest is coming up.

Entries should be handed in or sent to Eunice Robinson, BCGS Education Committee Chair by November 14, the next BCGS General Meeting night.

All BCGS members are eligible to enter. Submit a report, publication, website information, family tree charts, etc. along with an explanation of your research or other project in order to be eligible for this year’s contest.

To see the list of past BCGS Most Improved Genealogist contest winners, go to:

BCGS Jubilee Celebration, June 2012


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Photographs from the June 2012 British Columbia Genealogical Society’s general meeting – a Strawberry Tea featuring both BC book authors, and memories and souvenirs from Queen Elizabeth’s sixty year Jubillee anniversary – Coronation scrapbooks, a CBC mike used to broadcast … Continue reading

Website Updates, June 2012

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Two new indexes have been added to the website now, including

British Columbia Auto Permit Holders, 1904-1905 on the Members’ Projects page.

Victoria, British Columbia Naturalization Index, 1859 on the BCGS Research Projects page.

Both of these indexing projects are on-going, so watch for updates.

and the winners of the BCGS Family History Book Award for 2012 have been announced!

And Brief Guides to Genealogy and Family History for both Vancouver and Victoria, BC, Canada are now available on the website, also at the BCGS Research Projects page. These were originally published in The British Columbia Genealogist and have been updated and revised for the website.

BCGS General Meeting – 13 June 2012 – Burnaby

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2012 marks Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, the 60 year anniversary of her ascent to the throne. At the June general meeting, BCGS members will be celebrating with a strawberry tea and members with connections to her or memories of her reign so far are invited to bring displays. On display will be a photograph of the Queen from the collection of Ford Hill.

The winners of the BCGS Family History Book Award Competition for 2011 will be announced at the meeting, and some of the authors will be present and will have books to sell and sign.

BCGS General Meetings: the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 pm at Edmonds Community Centre, 7282 Kingsway (Kingsway & Edmonds), Burnaby V5E 1G3.

BCGS members are now collecting pennies to contribute to the fund for a Coat of Arms for the Society. Any pennies will be accepted at all general meetings. Volunteers will roll them, if need be.

BCGS Christmas Social Meeting, December 14, 2011, Burnaby, BC

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The next general membership meeting of the BC Genealogical Society is December 14, 2011, 7:30pm at the Edmond Community Centre in Burnaby. This is traditionally a less formal meeting, starting with the incredible book sale, members’ family history displays, goodies, prizes and a whole lot more.

Presentations to the 2011 winners of the BCGS Most Improved Genealogist Awards will be made and the winners of the BCGS first annual Family History Book Awards have been invited as special guests. Some will bring book copies to sign and sell.

Bring a guest and come renew your membership while you are there.  Bring pocket books to donate to the book sale, and some baking too, if you can.

Lives Lived West of the Divide – 2011 BCGS Family History Award First Prize

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Bruce Watson awarded First Prize, BCGS 2011 Family History Book Awards, July 2011.

Bruce McIntyre Watson, with BCGS President Lorraine Irving and BCGS Book Award Chair, Alice Marwood, at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, July 2011, Surrey, BC.

Bruce McIntyre Watson’s three biographical volumes on fur traders working west of the Rocky Mountains to 1858, Lives Lived West of the Divide: A Biographical Dictionary of Fur Traders Working West of the Rockies, 1793-1858, was awarded First Prize in the British Columbia Genealogical Society’s first annual 2011 Family History Book Awards, July 17, 2011 at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library’s annual Open House.  Details of some 3500 individuals are in these books; along with more from the results of the author’s twenty years of research into daily life in the fur trade. Although described as a ‘biographical dictionary’, all three volumes should be read together as each contains different information about the fur trade.

These were published through the Centre for Social, Spatial, and Economic Justice and are for sale through Volume 1 though is free there as an electronic book (PDF).  Also available at is Bruce’s Watson’s previous book, co-authored with Jean Barman, Leaving Paradise: Indigenous Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006).

Lives Lived West of the Divide, cover, Volume 1