For those researching in Sweden, ArkivDigital is free this weekend – 16-17 March 2013. This is to celebrate Family Research Day in Sweden!
Co-incidentally this is also the BCGS Scandinavian Group’s day to meet at the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas Street in Burnaby.
Come & join us, 1 – 3 pm.
BCGS Scandinavian Group webpage
The BCGS quarterly e-newsletter, The Offspring, is back. Look for the latest issue on the BCGS Publication Archives page.
The BCGS Offspring Vol 4 No 1 Spring 2013
Thank you to Rob Whitlock for his assistance with the new Offspring.
We hope that members and others will send in their research tips, short stories or news for future issues. Please contact the BCGS Editor: email@example.com or by mail, c/o the Society’s address below.
BRICKWALL SESSION – VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY, CENTRAL BRANCH
Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7 pm. Free.
Brickwall Panel Discussion and Question Period
Co-sponsored by the British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS)
and the Vancouver Public Library (VPL).
Monday, March 11, 2013, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Panelists: Lorraine Irving, Brian Porter, Eunice Robinson and M. Diane Rogers.
Brickwalls in your genealogy? Ancestors you just can’t find? Attend this panel discussion with experienced members of the British Columbia Genealogical Society who will share favoured strategies for genealogy puzzles and dead-ends and offer solutions to specific brickwall questions from the audience.
Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St.,
Lower Level, Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms.
Pre-registration is not required.
See the Vancouver Public Library event calendar for more details or call the BCGS at 604 502 9119. The next BCGS/VPL event will be a session on Researching in England with Lorraine Irving & Judith Ueland, Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm.
You can still participate in “shaping the new Canadian Museum of History” by ‘liking’ or suggesting those Canadians who you feel should be featured in the new museum – but only till February 28th, 2013.
Here is the link to make your choices, comment, or to suggest other people to be included. http://www.civilization.ca/myhistorymuseum/who-has-shaped-our-country
Even after the deadline, you can send your ideas to the Museum by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or commenting on Facebook or Twitter – @Civilization.
See also the BCGS post, “Participate in shaping the ‘new’ Canadian Museum of History”, November 10, 2012.
Voting for the About.com Genealogy 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards has begun and continues to March 19, 2013. There are 11 categories of Awards ranging from genealogy software to genealogy education to the best subscription and the best free genealogy websites.
Some interesting choices; each of us may find something new to try. For the Best Online Genealogy Tool or Mobile App, for example, most nominated are mobile apps, a sign of the times, for sure – Ancestry (iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad), Families (iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad), Family ChArtist, Steve Morse Search Tools, and RootsMagic (iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad).
The Quebec Family History Society is in the running for the Best State/Provincial Genealogical Society. If you do Canadian research, have a look at their website – and do think about giving them your vote. The British Columbia Genealogical Society was nominated, but didn’t make the finals this year (maybe next).
Other societies running are the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the North Carolina Genealogical Society, the Southern California Genealogical Society, and the Utah Genealogical Association.
And vote often! “You may vote once per award category per day (each 24-hour period) between February 19 and March 19, 2013.” The winners will be announced on Kimberly Powell’s About.com Genealogy Blog on March 27th, 2013.
Kimberly Powell of About.com is asking for your genealogy nominations and recommendations for the 2013 About.com Readers’ Choice Award in 11 categories, and this contest is open to members and nominations from around the world.
This is a great chance to bring to view those genealogical gems you rely on. To see the details and the categories, read Kimberly`s article posted today: About Genealogy Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 – Nominate Your Favorites!
One of the categories is for state, provincial, departmental, etc. genealogical societies. Of course, we hope you will nominate our own BCGS website: www.bcgs.ca
Nominations close at midnight (EST), 17 February, 2013. And then the voting begins, 19 February, 2013. Winners will be announced 27 March, 2013.
You can read more about Kimberly Powell here. She`s a very active genealogist and regularly shares her knowledge, thoughts and resources in the Genealogy section of About.com. For 2013, she won the Silver Tray for Excellence in Genealogical Publishing from the Utah Genealogical Society for her work on About.com.