Genealogy Workshops, Langley Museum, Jan-Mar 2014

Brenda L. Smith will be presenting three genealogy workshops at the Langley Centennial Museum.

See the Museum workshops poster here

The 3 sessions are:

Casting the Net – effective search techniques, January 22, 6:30-8:30 pm

Can You Prove That – standards of proof for family history research, February 15, 2-4 pm

Creating Closure – how information about the end of a life can help guide your research, March 9, 2-4 pm.

See the Langley Centennial Museum genealogy session poster above. To register or for more information, call 604 532 3536.

Genealogy Webinars, January 2014

No excuses for not getting going on genealogy right away this ‘New Year’ month – whether you’re a beginner or an experienced researcher, there are many on-line learning opportunities coming up. Here are just a few webinars. ( All are BCGS Editor recommended by the way.) If you know of other worthwhile sessions coming up, please add information and a link to this post’s comments.

  • Legacy Family Tree‘s webinars this month are:

                – Are You a GOON? What is a One-Name Study and Why Do One?  by Kirsty Gray. – January 8, 2014, 2:00pm Eastern – More Details & Registration

               – Too Many with the Same Name by Karen Clifford - January 15, 2014, 2:00pm  Eastern – More Details & Registration

  • This Friday, January 10th, Michael John Neill is offering 3 webinars geared to various levels, “Jump Start Your Genealogy”.  See his Search Tip of the Day site for details and registration.

               – Sourcing – 11 AM Central

               – Correlation and Analysis – 1 PM Central

               – There is No Preponderance of the Information - 3 PM Central

  • And, last but never least, Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee are offering an all day Get Your Genealogy Groove Back Boot Camp on Saturday, January 25th. Full details are at the Hack Genealogy website.

 

Upcoming Genealogy Programmes – January to June 2014, Cloverdale Library, BC

Cloverdale Family HistoryCLOVERDALE LIBRARY FAMILY HISTORY PROGRAMMES

Surrey Libraries, BC

Note: Pre-registration is required for Genealogy Programs – payment
is required before registration is complete unless otherwise noted.

 To register, please call the Cloverdale Library at 604-598-7328,

drop in, or email familyhistory@surrey.ca

 Cloverdale Branch website


Ongoing: Start Searching Your Family History

A beginner’s workshop in five lessons with Brenda L. Smith

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22 and March 8

This series of five 3-hour classes, developed by writer and researcher Brenda Smith, addresses each beginning family history researcher’s need for guidance in embarking on a very personal journey.  Working with their own materials, and supporting each other, learners will discover their particular motives and set goals for their research, organize and evaluate their data, and plan the first stage of their individual programs.  Participants must be able to commit to attendance at all five sessions.

Lesson 1: Probe the Past – From the Known to the Unknown
Lesson 2: Organize – The Second Prime Directive
Lesson 3: Can You Prove That? Verify Your Findings
Lesson 4: Right Forest, Wrong Tree: Interpret Your Findings
Lesson 5: Pack Your Parachute: The Research Plan
Charge: $100 for the series


Ongoing: Start Writing Your Family History

A communications workshop in five lessons with Brenda L. Smith

Saturdays, 1:30 am – 4:30 pm: Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22 and March 8

This series of five 3-hour classes, developed by writer and researcher Brenda L. Smith, addresses the beginning family history researcher’s need to report and publish research findings. Working with their own materials, and supporting each other, learners discover how to move from the gathering of information to creating a publishable product. Learners will set goals for their research, organize and evaluate their data, and practice writing basic history research reports. Participants must be willing to commit to attending all five sessions. Participants must have email/attachment capacity and be willing to share their writing samples with classmates and share oral evaluation of each other’s work.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Start Searching your Family History or approval from the Instructor

Lesson 1: The Research Cycle
Lesson 2: Organize to Write 
Lesson 3: Get it on Paper
Lesson 4: Edit 
Lesson 5: Publish
Charge: $100 for the series

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Using Wills to Link the Generations with Peter Whitlock

Wills are an invaluable source of information for genealogists: offering clues to a person’s origin, listing their worldly possessions, and sometimes containing unexpected surprises! Join Peter Whitlock who has over 45 years of genealogy research experience to discover how researching Wills can provide links between generations and reveal family connections that may be impossible to find elsewhere.

Saturday, February 1, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Charge: $10


Finding your Scandinavian Roots with M. Diane Rogers

Join presenter M. Diane Rogers on a genealogical journey through Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. Learn resources, techniques and tools to locate your Nordic ancestors and effective ways to overcome barriers like language and name changes.

Saturday March 1, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Charge: $10


Cemeteries with Lorraine Irving

Are you having trouble locating the burial places of your ancestors? Wondering how to locate burial records? What do the symbols mean on the monuments? Cemetery etiquette? Funeral home records? Don’t overlook this part of your research. These records may provide clues you won’t find elsewhere!

Saturday April 12, 10:30 am – noon
Charge: $10


Ongoing:  Genealogy Collection Orientations
with Cloverdale Library Staff

The Cloverdale Branch of Surrey Public Library has one of the most extensive collections of Canadian genealogical materials in Western Canada. The library has a wide variety of books and microfilms covering records from the Canadian provinces and territories. To help you become familiar with the collection, the Cloverdale library offers orientations on the first Saturday of every month, from 10 am - 10:50 am

No Charge, donations welcome, but please register – dates may change over holiday weekends, and orientations may not be held in July and August

The Ethics of Genealogy, evening event, Dec. 18, 2013, Vancouver

In partnership with the Jewish Genealogical Institute of BC, the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is very pleased to host an evening of discussion with Cissie Eppel and Catherine Youngren on the topic of “The Ethics of Genealogy”.

Cissie and Catherine will speak from their years of experience in genealogy and comment on some of the challenges that have arisen through this work.

Intersections: “The Ethics of Genealogy”

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 7-9pm

Location: 6184 Ash Street, Vancouver

$5 suggested donation. Coffee, Tea, and light refreshments provided.

“The Ethics of Genealogy” is the December 2013 edition of the JMABC’s monthly Intersections discussion series. Each month, Intersections convenes knowledgeable speakers on an ever expanding range of topics, from ethics to spirituality to social justice and history, all with the intent of “Building Community Through Dialogue.” Past speakers have included Yael Cohen of F* Cancer, Michael Geller of SFU Urban Studies, and Rabbi Dr Robert Daum of the Vancouver School of Theology.

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC’s latest on-line exhibit is ‘More Than Just Mrs.: Jewish Women’s Organizations in BC.

BCGS Bring A Friend Contest 2013-14

BCGS BAF-badge      Enter the British Columbia Genealogical Society’s Bring-A-Friend Membership Contest!

All current BCGS members are eligible for one entry for each full membership (not associate memberships) they sign up from August 2013 to June 1, 2014.  (Note this date was extended.)

Three Prize Baskets will be awarded at the June 2014 meeting by draw.

New memberships taken out early will run from September 2013 to December 2014 so this is a nice bonus for the new members too.

See the Bring-A-Friend Membership Contest page for the Contest Membership Application Form.

DNA Group Update – Nov. 2013

Genetic genealogy is an ever changing field. Yesterday’s news from the Family Tree DNA conference is an example of that, but interesting articles and updates to DNA genealogy testing services (and prices) appear regularly.

A few of the more recent articles and links -

First, the biggest news from FamilyTree DNA‘s conference this weekend is the new Y-DNA test available – the ‘Big Y DNA’ test – a full Y sequence test, replacing ‘Walk Through the Y’ testing. This will begin at $695, but previous customers are being offered a reduced price through November. Have a look at Debbie Kennett’s compilation of news about this which was posted yesterday and has links to other articles, and check the FamilyTreeDNA website which should make details public soon. ( If you are a male FamilyTreeDNA customer already, sign in and you may see more now.) If you are on Facebook, check out FamilyTree DNA’s Facebook page.

And, in case anyone thinks DNA testing for genealogy is brand new, FamilyTree DNA announced 10 year DNA Pioneer awards at the conference. More on that at Roberta Estes blog, DNAeXplained. Roberta is one of those Pioneers: http://dna-explained.com/2013/11/10/10-year-pioneers-recognized-by-family-tree-dna/

For anyone wanting to know more about autosomal DNA testing, here are links to a series of 2 recent archived podcasts with CeCe Moore and Shannon Christmas.These are archived from the ‘Research at the National Archives & Beyond’show with Bernice Bennett on BlogTalkRadio.

For those following  the identification of Richard III in England, there is an article in the most recent issue of the Society of Genealogists’ journal, Genealogists’ Magazine,  “Medieval DNA In Action: Richard III And The Family of Anne Spooner” by John Ashdown-Hill. Since there is a Canadian connection, this will be of interest to many here. Read this journal at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library [942 GM V31 #3 Sep/13, pages 91-97].

The UK Personal Genome Project  is underway.  Read more about this project and its implications in this BBC article, “Massive DNA volunteer hunt begins” by James Gallagher, posted 6 November, 2013: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24834375

Hoping to find your Irish ancestors and family connections with DNA? See the on-line articles and videos from last month’s Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference in Dublin.

The National Geographic’s Genographic Project has dropped the price for its ancient DNA Geno 2.0 testing for a limited time to $159.95: https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/

DNA News Update posted by M. Diane Rogers, British Columbia Genealogical Society DNA Group facilitator. Comments and news on genetic genealogy and DNA happenings are  welcome here. Watch for information soon on upcoming BCGS DNA Group meetings for 2014.