BCGS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND’ MEMBERSHIP CONTEST – the deadline is coming up – June 1, 2013.
All current BCGS members are eligible for one entry for each full membership (not associate memberships) they sign up from August 2012 to June 1, 2013. See the BCGS Bring-A-Friend Membership contest details and on-line application form here.
Three Prize Baskets will be awarded at the June 12, 2013 meeting by draw.
Questions? Contact the BCGS Membership Committee now – email@example.com or call the BCGS Walter Draycott Library: 604 502 9119.
It’s Canada Book Day today (also World Book Day and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book) and Library and Archives Canada has posted a note about searching its Electronic Collection. There are some British Columbia digitized books there – and even among the dry government reports included are some research gems, like the Canada. Royal Commission on Indian Affairs. Report of the Royal Commission on Indian Affairs for the Province of British Columbia. — Victoria : Printed by the Acme Press, 1916.
The Library and Archives Canada Electronic Collection offers a search by title, subject, etc. and also a full text search. Publications are not always in the most readable format, but many are in easily downloadable .pdfs.
I quite like this publication, a Vancouver Tourist Association booklet c. 1905, full of photographs and ads. Library and Archives Canada has some of the book covers from its collection on Flickr, including this. Specially attractive to me inside was the ad for this Victoria hotel, the Dominion, very convenient location, across from Victoria’s Carnegie Library (1904), convenient to “free busses” (still is convenient), but alas, they welcomed tourists, but only “business men”. If the name of this hotel rings a bell from your family research, some of the hotel’s registers are in the BC Provincial Archives (CA BCA MS-1148)
For more about “Carnegie’s Canadian Libraries|, see Historic Places.ca
M. Diane Rogers, BCGS Editor
Wondering what’s new or what’s changed this month on FamilySearch.org?
There’s a free webinar this Wednesday, “What’s New at FamilySearch”, a presentation by Devin Ashby, a Community Advocate for FamilySearch. There’s a new look at FamilySearch.org, but also new opportunities to share photos and stories, new learning videos and more.
April 24, 2013, 2:00pm Eastern; 11 am Pacific
More Details & Registration
If you can’t watch this live, the recording will be available for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com
FamilySearch indexers have hit the billion mark! One billion records have now been indexed and arbitrated. See the FamilySearch blog for more about this.
For all the upcoming genealogy webinars, chats, Google Hangouts, etc., see the GeneaWebinars site, a central spot for related genealogical educational opportunities.
The British Columbia Genealogical Society is pleased to present both Glenn T. Wright and Lesley Anderson speaking in an all day seminar, Saturday, 27 April 2013, in Burnaby, BC. at the Danish Lutheran Church.
Seminar door prizes will include a one year subscription to Ancestry.ca! And lunch is included in your ticket.
This seminar will particularly interest anyone interested in military research, as Glenn Wright, previously at Library and Archives Canada, is a Canadian expert on those areas, or in early immigration to Canada, or in researching on-line with Ancestry as Lesley Anderson, is on Ancestry.ca’s staff.
The British Army in Canada 1750-1871
Canadians at War – 1885 Rebellion, South African 1899-1902, First & Second World Wars
Pre 1865 Immigration
What’s new at Ancestry?
More details about the topics will be available soon. For full information and to register, please go to the BCGS 2013 Seminar page on this website.
[Edited 28 February 2013 to include news about the Ancestry.ca door prize.]
This information about a new Huguenot Heritage Centre in Rochester, Kent, England just received from the Federation of Family History Societies.
The French Hospital has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a Huguenot Heritage Centre in Rochester. The project aims to tell the story of the Huguenots, a group of some 100,000 French Protestants who fled from religious persecution during the 16th and 17th centuries. The Centre will include resources for researching family history, as well as a programme of events and activities. For further information please visit the website
There is an on-line survey for feedback on ideas for the Huguenot Heritage Centre. Please complete the online questionnaire. It will take about 5 – 7 minutes.
Link to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HuguenotHeritage
A new BCGS e-mail update was sent out today via e-mail with a reminder about the BCGS 2013 seminar, next Saturday, 27 April 2013.
Our e-mail updates have changed in appearance quite a bit and are coming to members and friends of the British Columbia Genealogical Society via MailChimp.
We hope you like our ‘new decor’. This change will make it easy for you to update your e-mail address by clicking the appropriate link in the e-mails or to sign up for our Genealogy Updates if you aren’t already receiving them. There’s now a signup box just on the right side of the BCGS home page. This also allows the BCGS webmasters to better automate some tasks and schedule updates regularly.
And it allows us to add photographs and even perhaps other media to our communications for you to enjoy. As always, you can reach the BCGS webmasters at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian soldiers at Vernon, BC in 1915.