Mitochondrial DNA test on sale – only to April 1, 2014

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FamilyTree DNA will have its Full Sequence Mitochondrial (MtDNA) Test (or upgrades) on sale for a few days only, starting 28 March 2014.

Genetic genealogist CeCe Moore has an article today about this which includes some thoughts on benefits of MtDNA testing for genealogists.  Continue reading

Scrapbooking Presentation, April 24, 2014, BCGS Library

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Preserving Your Memories – Scrapbooking

Are you interested in learning how to preserve your heritage photos and stories by scrapbooking? If so, an Introductory Presentation will be held at the BCGS Library, in the Boardroom, on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

The Presenter will be Donna Mary Schulte. She has over 20 years of experience in scrapbooking and has created her own Heritage Book – which is quite wonderful! During this Introductory Presentation, Donna Mary will discuss her product line, and the steps the participants will learn in the subsequent 4 actual ‘scrapbooking’ sessions, along with the cost of the 4 sessions.  Continue reading

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

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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”.