Federation of Family History Societies

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Did you know?  The BCGS is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies, along with over 180 family history and genealogical societies and related organizations from around the world.

The latest to join is WISE, the Wales-Ireland-Scotland-England (W.I.S.E.) Family History Society from Denver, Colorado, USA. Do have a look at their website.

The Federation has website and contact information on-line for all its members. And the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) has a free news E-zine every few months. You can read this free on the Federation‘s website or subscribe to receive it by e-mail.

BCGS 2015 Seminar – early bird prices extended to April 30th!

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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.

Rootstech Conference – Feb 12-14, 2015 – Free live sessions on-line

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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

Genealogy Seminar with William Dollarhide – South Whidbey Island, USA, April 2015

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The Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island will host its 2015 Seminar at the Dancing Fish Farmhouse,  25th April, 2015.

The seminar speaker will be William W. Dollarhide who has been in pursuit of his family origins since 1971. A well known genealogy speaker and author, Bill Dollarhide’s honors include an Award of Merit from the American Society of Genealogists for the Map Guide book and an Award of Appreciation from the National Genealogical Society. He’s written over ten genealogy books; the latest is Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE.

The 2015 South Whidbey Island Seminar will include four separate genealogical sessions. Included are the four sessions, a morning snack, and tea and coffee all day long in a beautiful and comfortable setting. On-site hot lunch is also available. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

For full details and registration information, read, download or print the South Whidbey Island Genealogy Seminar 2015 brochure here.