Writing the Family Story – Nov. 19, 2013 – Central Branch, VPL

Coming up soon – a free BCGS session on Writing the Family Story, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library.

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Now that you’ve interviewed family members and collected information, records and photographs, learn how to start writing your family history. Add images and documents to enhance interest. Join this hands-on session in the VPL computer lab with members of the British Columbia Genealogical Society.


**Registration: space limited; pre-registration required.

E-mail: bcgs-vplsessions@bcgs.ca as soon as possible.

Location: Computer Training Room, Level 7, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Co-sponsored by the British Columbia Genealogical Society and Vancouver Public Library.

 Typewriter image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy, from her free vintage clip art.

Reminder: Bruce McIntyre Watson to speak – BCGS General Meeting, Oct 9, 2013, Burnaby, BC

Speaker Bruce Mcintyre Watson on ‘Children from early native and non-native relationships from the Pacific Coast to the Rockies: How does a genealogist trace anything through this maze?’

October 9, 2013 – 7:30 pm, BCGS General Meeting, Burnaby, BC

Downstairs Hall at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.



Speaker: Bruce McIntyre Watson





Vancouver historian Bruce McIntyre Watson will look at the history of children from early native and non-native relationships throughout the Pacific Northwest and the tough job that a genealogist has in trying to trace ancestors back to that period. First, he will look at the possible descendants of one or more Spanish wrecks along the Oregon coast, and moving up the coast from the mouth of the Columbia River to Yakutat, Alaska, will briefly look at hubs of activity and interaction. In the second part, he will look at the posts west of the Rockies and examine how they enabled families to develop. Third and throughout the talk, he will look at possible sources to extract genealogical information from the late 1600s to 1838.

Bruce M. Watson co-authored with Jean Barman, Leaving Paradise: Indigenous Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest, 1787-1898, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006 and is the author of Lives Lived West of the Divide: A Biographical Dictionary of Fur Traders working West of the Rockies, 1793-1858, Kelowna: Centre For Social, Spatial and Economic Justice, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, 2010.

Bruce Watson’s 3 volume set, Lives Lived West of the Divide, won First Prize in the BCGS Family History Book Award competition in 2010.  The volumes are available in both paper (3 volumes) and digital (.pdf – free) formats at Lulu.com. He is currently working on a similar manuscript focussing on the people of the maritime fur trade.

BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group Meeting, Oct. 8, 2013, 1pm, VPL Central Branch

Reminder:  This month the Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meeting is Tuesday, 8 October, 2013 in the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 7th Floor Board Breakout Room, 350 West Georgia Street, V6B 6B1.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend. We discuss genealogy questions and news and help each other with our family history research. You can learn more about our group on Meetup.com.

Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library concourse ceiling, 2009 photograph by Daniela Silva, danielabsilva on Flickr.com; (Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

Cemetery Research for Family History – Vancouver – Oct. 21, 2013

Cemetery Research for Family History – 21 October 2013, sponsored by the BC Genealogical Society and the Vancouver Public Library.

Murphy-1943-NelsonDay & Time: Monday, October 21 – 2:00 pm-3:30 pm.

Location: Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level Central Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC.

Free. No registration required.

This Cemetery Research session with members of the BC Genealogical Society will focus on locating, researching and sharing information and images of family headstones and burial or other final resting places or memorials. Examples will be shown from around the world – related records, history, symbolism and cemetery etiquette will be discussed.

For more information, see the Vancouver Public Library Event Calendar: http://www.vpl.ca/cgi-bin/Calendar/calendar.cgi

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Francis R. Murphy headstone, Nelson Memorial Cemetery, Nelson, BC, Canada. Photograph, private collection.
Babyland area, Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby, BC, Canada. Photograph, private collection.

BCGS Research Tip – October 2013

The BCGS Members’ Tip for October 1st is: Sometimes there IS just too much genealogy news!

Sun carriers-1933-VancouverIt’s true – sometimes it isn’t easy to keep up with all the genealogy news.

Better to choose a few trusted on-line genealogy news sites to check regularly.

The BCGS website always has the latest from these five websites (on your lower right side of the main page). If you start with these, you will usually have most, if not all, the genealogy news that matters and you will see a variety of topics covered and a variety of opinions expressed.

  • Genealogy Insider, Diane Haddad, Family Tree Magazine
  • FamilySearch Genealogy and Family History Blog
  • Your Genetic Genealogist, CeCe Moore
  • GeneaBloggers, Thomas MacEntee
  • Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, Dick Eastman

Check out the news they offer today including details and comments on Ancestry’s acquisition of FindAGrave, another Geno 2.0 chat coming up, the Italian Ancestors project and the TV show, Genealogy Roadshow, ( And you’ll see it’s Backup Day! Don’t forget to backup! )

This photograph shows newspaper carriers at the Vancouver Sun Carrier Services No 41 hut at 12th Avenue and Nanaimo in New Westminster, 1933. Photographer, Stuart Thomson. City of Vancouver photo, City of Vancouver BC Archives 99-4378.

Reminder: BCGS Genealogy 101 classes – Fall 2013, Surrey BC

Genealogy 101 Sessions to be held at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC, Sept. – Oct. 2013

Genealogy 101 – Civil Registration session with Lorraine Irving
When: Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
Location: BCGS Walter Draycott Library
Where: 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

Genealogy 101 – Organizing Your Genealogy session with Eunice Robinson
When: Thursday, Oct 17, 2013
Location: To be held at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library
Where: 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

$10. each class; 10:30-12:30 pm. Contact the BCGS Education Chair, Eunice Robinson, for details. Call 604-596-2811 or
e-mail: eunice@dccnet.com

Originally published 16 August, 2013