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.
In 2014, the Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society is proposing a project in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference. Members will be researching the 7 Fathers of Confederation from PEI who attended the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences in 1864. Funding is being sought from the PEI 2014 Celebration Group.
Ultimately, this project will culminate in an event (probably in September 2014) bringing together direct descendants of the seven Prince Edward Island Fathers of Confederation who were delegates at either the Charlottetown Conference or the Quebec Conference, held in September and October 1864 respectively. The Society plans to present a copy of the family tree to descendants who are able to attend.
If you are a direct descendant of Honourable George Coles, Honourable John Hamilton Gray, Honourable Thomas Heath Haviland, Honourable Andrew Archibald MacDonald, Honourable Edward Palmer, William Henry Pope, or Edward Whelan, the PEI Genealogical Society wants to hear from you.
Please contact the Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society at peigs_queries @ yahoo.ca or write to:
PEIGS, Descendants of the Fathers Project
P.O. Box 2744
MEETING REMINDER – The BC Genealogical Society Christmas Social will be Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 7:30 pm, Edmonds Community Centre, 7282 Kingsway (Kingsway & Edmonds), Burnaby V5E 1G3.
Special Guests: Lisa Anne Smith & Barbara Rogers, authors of Our Friend Joe: The Joe Fortes Story (Ronsdale Press, 2012).
“When a young black man named Seraphim ‘Joe’ Fortes arrived in Vancouver in 1885, with little to his name, no one could have possibly suspected that one hundred years later he would be voted ‘Citizen of the Century.’ Our Friend Joe is the first biography of the West Indian sailor who became a local legend, saving dozens of lives and teaching three generations of Vancouver children how to swim. On a chance rowboat ride not far from the city, he would find his “perfect place” in English Bay, where the untold story truly begins.”
Also featured at the Social will be the BCGS annual pocket book sale and the announcement of the BCGS Most Improved for 2012. Refreshments. All welcome.
BCGS General Meetings: the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 pm at Edmonds Community Centre, 7282 Kingsway (Kingsway & Edmonds), Burnaby V5E 1G3.
The newest British Columbia Historical Federation Newsletter is on-line. This issue (#40, December 2012, .pdf format, free) includes news of historical and heritage activities and awards from around BC, including the Vernon Museum’s restoration of Vernon’s 1912 post office clock and the opening of the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society’s new car barn in Cloverdale.
The latest Federation of Family History Societies Ezine (#36, Christmas 2012, .pdf format, free) offers Christmas history, along with links to a selection of favourite websites of FFHS officers and other genealogy news – the National Burial Index, Edition 3 (NBI3) can now be run on Apple Mac computers, for example.
Cloverdale Library’s Annual Genealogy Show & Tell is this Saturday, 24 November 2012 from 10:30 to 12:30 pm.
You’re invited to bring, share and show your own creations. In past years, people have shown and talked about their family quilts, scrapbooks, storyboards, books, digital collages and slide shows, reunion banners, all kinds of things – there’s even been a wooden leg display!
Don’t miss it. You can attend just to look if you’d like (but it’s more fun to share).
Free, but pre-register. Visit the Cloverdale Branch at 5642 – 176A Street, Surrey, BC (V3S 4G9), call 604-598-7328, or email email@example.com
More information at the Cloverdale Branch, Surrey Public Library website: http://www.surreylibraries.ca/programs-services/5242.aspx
The Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau is soon to become the Canadian Museum of History — a museum that will present the history of Canada and its people. Over the next five years, half the permanent space in the museum will be renovated to create the largest and most comprehensive museum exhibition on Canadian history ever developed.
The Museum has invited you to be a part of its creation by letting everyone know what you’d put in your Canadian history museum – which perspectives, events, themes, people, and objects do you see as essential, desirable, important; what kinds of programmes are needed; how would you extend the Museum’s reach to all of Canada.
Have your say by visiting www.civilization.ca/myhistorymuseum Make choices in the interactive question section, add your comments, and complete the on-line survey.