Brick Walls 2 Seminar! Saturday, November 1, 2014 – Surrey BC

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Brick Walls Seminar 2 – Sharing Strategies on Tough Genealogy Problems

with M. Diane Rogers, Brenda L. Smith, and Peter Whitlock, plus guest speaker Eunice Robinson.

Co-sponsors: British Columbia Genealogical Society and the Cloverdale Library (Surrey Libraries).

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Saturday, November 1, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Charge: $20 (includes food)
Additional charge of $10 for 1-on-1 meeting with an Expert

 

Another brick in the wall! One of our most successful programs ever is back. Our experts, Diane, Brenda, and Peter, return to share their thoughts on overcoming difficult Family History challenges.

The panel members will then individually meet attendees who have submitted questions in advance for 1-on-1 fifteen minute consultations. While this is happening special guest speaker Eunice Robinson will give a talk on planning a trip to Salt Lake City.

There will be an end-of-the-day wrap-up plus lots of opportunities to ask questions and share experiences!

A delicious light meal and refreshments will be provided. And there are great door prizes for lucky participants, including a year’s subscription to FindMyPast.com and a year’s membership in the BC Genealogical Society!

Contact the BCGS for details and tickets: bcgs@bcgs.ca or call Susan Snalam at 604 273 8209. BCGS tickets available in person at meetings as of August, 2014. Pay at a meeting in person or on-line below with PayPal. We will ask for your phone number and an e-mail address, if applicable. These will only be used in case we need to contact you about this Seminar.

1-on-1 questions need to be paid for and submitted in advance. You will be asked ahead of time for a brief description of your Brick Wall; a form will be provided to you for this purpose.  Contact the BCGS as above for details.


Brick Wall Seminar




On the Brick Walls Seminar day there will be an extended free orientation of the Cloverdale Library Family History Collection, Saturday, November 1 from 10:30 – noon. Please register separately with Cloverdale Library if you are interested in attending the orientation. Cloverdale Library has an extensive collection of Canadian genealogical materials and offers free access to several on-line databases.

BCGS BC Brick Wall #2 above – do you recognize this wall? Hint: you can get a good cup of coffee there.

Canadiana.org – Survey on digitization priorities

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Canadiana.org partnered with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) a while ago on a project to digitize 40,000 reels of microfilm from LAC. This project, now known as Héritage, already offers free access to some of these digitized reels.

There is more information at Canadiana’s Héritage portal. You can browse the already digitized collections (not indexed) and you can check the listing of what’s likely coming next. Collections include films of

  • Genealogy Records
  • Aboriginal Records
  • Government Records
  • Military & War Records
  • Papers of Prominent Canadians
  • Miscellaneous – currently including select copies of Ukrainian language newspapers and periodicals.

Canadiana is asking genealogists to choose which collections to prioritize – and is offering this will involve “partially transcribing select collections“.

Click on this link to go to Canadiana.org and fill out the survey.

BCGS Sept 2014 journal – World War I issue – deadline August 11, 2014

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French_class-Vernon_military_Camp-1916-BC_CanadaYMCA French class, Vernon military camp, 1916, British Columbia, Canada. Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives, AM54-S4-: Mil P192.2, Major Matthews collection.

The fall 2014 issue of The British Columbia Genealogist will feature articles about World War I.

Just a reminder that the deadline is 11 August 2014. If enough articles are received, the December journal will also be about World War I. Click this link for more about The British Columbia Genealogist, including queries and advertising.

Topics do not need to be about the military or about British Columbia or Canada either, but they must relate to World War I.

Please e-mail the BCGS Editor if any questions or suggestions: editor @bcgs.ca or call the BCGS Library and leave a message for the Editor: 604 502 9119.

Researching the British Empire’s WWI Military – BCGS – VPL talk – July 7, 2014, Vancouver

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 Indian Troops for France. C.W. Faulkener and Sons Co., Ltd. World War I postcard, mailed 1914 to Cowichan Station, British Columbia, Canada.

Researching the British Empire’s WWI Military – at Vancouver Public Library (VPL), Central Branch. Free. A BC Genealogical Society presentation given in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library.

Monday, 7 July, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Did someone in your family have ties to the British Empire’s military during WW I?

Join BC Genealogical Society members and find out how to research British Empire military records.

Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level
Central Library, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street

For more information please contact: VPL Programming and Learning Services at info@vpl.ca at 604 331-3603 or see the event listing at the VPL website: www.vpl.ca

Scotties_clean_up-WWWI-postcardScotties Have A Clean Up After A Spell In the Trenches, World War i,                      Y.M.C.A. Hut Fund postcard.

BCGS Free Library Week – July 13-19, 2014

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The annual BCGS free Walter Draycott Library Week begins Sunday, July 13th with an Open House from 2-4 pm. Refreshments, including cake, door prizes. All interested are welcome.

From Monday, July 14 to Saturday, July 19, the BCS Walter Draycott Library is open free to all interested from 10 am to 3 pm each day. Talks and activities are scheduled for each day – check the .pdf schedule below – and you may research any day. See the BCGS Annual Library Week page for details.

BCGS 2014 Library Week activities schedule (.pdf)

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Using Twitter or Facebook for Genealogy – June/July 2014 – Surrey BC

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Would you like to learn about using Facebook and Twitter in your genealogy and family history research?

Each will help you search for family, let others know about your genealogy interests, and alert you to new or recommended genealogy and family history resources.

Have questions about posting images, chatting, sharing, privacy or about the lingo? (What’s a hashtag? a timeline, a tweet, #FF,  Surname Saturday?)

Attend the upcoming sessions at the BCGS Library in the Boardroom with M. Diane Rogers in June and July.   Continue reading