BCGS at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 2014

Here’s a look at the BC Genealogical Society St. Patrick’s Day Parade group. Lots of music and dancing and bagpipes. We were very lucky really with the weather for CelticFest Vancouver this year – never too cold, only a little bit of drizzle (and no snow!).

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BCGS Group Marching - CelticFest 2014Here we are marching on Howe Street about midway.

BCGS & UELAC groupWe marched right behind our friends, the Vancouver Branch of the United Empire Loyalists of Canada. Here’s a group photo of most parade members from both groups. And yes, as you can see, a good time was had by all!

I know the British Isles Family HIstory Society of Greater Ottawa was in Ottawa’s parade. John D. Reid has photos of the BIFHSGO group on his Anglo-Celtic Connections blog.  Which other Canadian genealogical groups took part in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Please do comment.

Federation of Family History Societies – Celebrating 40th Anniversary

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The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year.  The FFHS now serves 180 national, regional, local genealogical and family history and one-name study societies around the world, including the BC Genealogical Society, a long time member.

The FFHS has recently published the 2014 version of its free “Really Useful Information Leaflet” which, as this year is the Centennial of the start of World War I, features an article on “Researching Your [British] World War One Ancestors” by Simon Fowler and a list of useful websites for WW I research.

The leaflet also gives information about all the FFHS’ members with contact details.

There is also an “Australasian Really Useful Information Leaflet”.

RootsTech 2014 – free live streaming sessions

The RootsTech 2014 Family History and Technology Conference is Thursday, February 6 to Saturday, February 8th in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

RootsTech 2013 - GeneabloggersTen thousand people will be there, but you can participate from home. Fifteen of the RootsTech sessions will be live streamed – anyone can watch these beginning on Thursday, February 8th, 2014 at RootsTech.org. These sessions are listed below.
The Handouts for the RootsTech sessions are already free to download.

If you are on Facebook or Twitter, watch for the hashtag #RootsTech and #RootsTechFR [French]. Even if you aren’t on Twitter, follow along and/or comment in the BCGS article just below here at bcgs.ca.

BCGS Editor M. Diane Rogers will be at the Conference. She’ll be posting information and updates from the Conference on both Facebook and Twitter [as: mdiane_rogers] and at her own blog, CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane’s Your Aunt.

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RootsTech 2014 on Twitter

RootsTech 2013-2Many people will be in Salt Lake City early next week researching at the Family History Library. For example, DearMYRTLE will be broadcasting her regular Mondays with Myrt session from the Family History Library at 8 am Pacific Time..You can watch live or later on Google + or on YouTube.

Here’s the official RootsTech announcement about the streaming sessions and below is the list of sessions being offered to all.

Thursday, February 6

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family from My Couch by Tammy Hepps

1 p.m. to 2 p.m., FamilySearch Family Tree: What’s New and What’s Next by Ron Tanner

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Intro to DNA for Genealogists by James Rader

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Genealogy in the Cloud by Randy Hoffman

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sharing Your Family with Multimedia by Michael LeClerc

Friday, February 7

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Storytelling Super Powers: How to Come Off as Your Family’s Genealogy Hero by David Adelman

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tweets, Links, Pins, and Posts: Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls with Social Media by Lisa Alzo

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.comby Crista Cowen

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Finding Family and Ancestors Outside the USA with New Technologies by Daniel Horowitz

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Do It Yourself Photo Restoration by Ancestry Insider

Saturday, February 8

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Become an iPad Power User by Lisa Louise Cooke

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results by D. Josh Taylor

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., A Beginner’s Guide to Going Paperless by Randy Whited

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History by Tom Taylor

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Five Ways to Do Genealogy in Your Sleep by Deborah Gamble

The photographs above are from RootsTech 2013 GeneaBloggers tour, courtesy of M. Diane Rogers.

RootsTech 2014 on Twitter – follow along right here

Read and comment here on the RootsTech 2014 conversations at Twitter.

Hashtags #RootsTech and #RootsTechFR


Surrey, BC Family History Center – new hours

Surrey, BC, Family History Centre Hours – as of January 2014

Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am to 4 pm.

In addition on the first two Wednesdays of each month, the Center will be open for film reading only from 4pm to 8 pm.

The Center is still available for groups by appointment. Call 604 597 9695 or contact Jeannie Vance: vance51792 @ shaw.ca or 604 536 7571.

The Surrey Family History Center is located at the Surrey Stake Centre at 6279-126 St., Surrey, BC. Ring the buzzer at the South door and staff will let you in to use the FHC.

Surrey Family HIstory website: www.findingyourroots.ca

Our hours will increase as more staff become available.