BCGS E-newsletter Nov. 2013 – available now

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The BCGS E-newsletter, The Offspring, for November 2013, is available now to read and download free from the BCGS website. (.pdf format)

This issue includes information on a wide range of genealogical topics, including World War I Centenary events and projects scheduled for 2014.

Victory Square, Vancouver, BC, 19411941 recruiting station at Victory Square in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

City of Vancouver Archives photograph, AM54-S4-: Mil P265.

Reminder – BCGS Library Closed Sat., Nov. 9th, 2013

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The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will be closed on Saturday, 9 November, 2013 due to Remembrance Day, Monday, 11 November, 2013.

 BCGS Walter Draycott Library

The Library is usually open 10 am to 3 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, except for holiday weekends and for an extended closure for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This year the Library will be closed from 3 pm, December 19, 2013 to 10 am, January 4, 2014.  BCGS members though may check out circulating books for the holidays.

And if it snows, the library is closed.

Telephone: 604 502 9119

For more information about the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, and a map with directions, please see:

BCGS Walter Draycott Library: 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

American Ancestors website – access at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library

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One of the benefits of visiting the BCGS Walter Draycott Library is access to several subscription websites. American Ancestors, from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), is one of those available.

The BCGS Library also has the Society’s journal, American Ancestors, New England, New York and Beyond, and the latest issue, Summer 2013, has several good articles about what’s available in the website databases – and what’s coming soon.

AmericanAncestors.orgCurrently, the American Ancestors databases include essential and unique resources for New England research, including vital event records, cemetery and tax records, periodicals and genealogies.  A new partnership with will be bringing new databases to the website as Ancestry and the NEHGS digitize 40 million records and images for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. See the American Ancestors article for a state by state look at the databases available now and soon for these four states.

NEHGS now is also the repository for the American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives“One of the partnership’s first projects will be digitization and development of online access to the unique records of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Boston office (1886–1977). The HIAS collection contains more than 30,000 individual arrival cards and case files for primarily Jewish immigrants who arrived in the United States through the Port of Boston, as well as ship manifests, administrative correspondence, photographs, and information, including queries, pertaining to displaced persons after World War II.”  AJHS press release, 28 June, 2013.

Anyone at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library may acess the American Ancestors databases available, as well as the extensive collections of books, journals, CDs, etc. at the Library.

All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver BC – Cemetery Tour Oct 27, 2013

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All Souls’ Events at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, BC begin.

Opening – Saturday, October 26, 6-10 pm. Free. Donations welcome.
Address: 5455 Fraser Street.

All Souls: Historic walk of the cemetery with Lorraine Irving

  • 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday, October 27 2013
  • Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser Street. Meet at the Celebration Hall.
  • Free. Donations welcome.

For details on all the All Souls events, see the Mountain View Cemetery website or the City of Vancouver’s event calendar.

Cloverdale Library events – Family History: A Kitchen Table Approach, Nov. 2, 2013

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Two upcoming genealogy events in Cloverdale (Surrey), BC.

For full details on these and other Cloverdale programmes, see the Cloverdale Branch Library’s Family History Programs page.

Family History: a Kitchen Table Approach. Surrey Museum (next to Cloverdale Library).

A kitchen table

Saturday, November 2,  1 to 3 pm. Surrey Museum, 17710-56A Avenue, Surrey.

Registration required. Early next week will determine if there are enough sign-ups to proceed, so if you want to attend, please sign up. And let others know about this event too.

The afternoon will start off with a reception with yummy sandwiches plus coffee, tea, juice.

Then staff from the Library, City of Surrey Archives, and the Museum will each do a presentation in very cosy 40+ seat capacity auditorium in the Museum. Museum speaker Sandra Borger is an expert on family interview techniques.

The idea of the program is to think past the electronic resources (as important as they are) to discover the resources and people that are close at hand to family history researchers.

$15 including the delicious food. To register use WebReg or call or visit the Museum 604-592-6956 and quote this number #4336610. Or call 604-501-5100 and quote that number. Or visit any City of Surrey recreation centre to register in person.

And don’t forget about Cloverdale Library’s next event too.

The Family History Show & Tell. Cloverdale Library.

A website and a family quilt

Sat., Nov. 30, 10:30am – 12:30pm. Cloverdale Library, 5642 – 176A Street, Surrey.
No charge, but donations welcome! Pre-registration required.

Bring in creations or artifacts belonging to an ancestor – anything that tells a story. There have been family quilts, scrapbooks, storyboards, an artificial limb, digital collages and much more.

You are welcome to share by describing what you have brought or you may simply have a table and showcase your items. A laptop and a projector will be available to demonstrate  family history websites or digital collections. Participants will be strictly limited to a maximum of ten minutes talk time.

Visitors without stories are welcome. You might discover a great Christmas gift idea, or simply be inspired! Light refreshments provided.

This program is free, but requires pre-registration and will be held at the Cloverdale Library. To register please visit the Cloverdale Library, or call 604-598-7327, or email

October genealogy events – Reminder – Surrey, Vancouver

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Reminder of the upcoming genealogy events for October 2013

Genealogy 101 – Organizing Your Genealogy session with Eunice Robinson, BCGS Walter Draycott Library, Thursday, Oct 17, 2013. 10 am-12:30 pm.

Heidi Sugden speaking on European Research, BCGS Walter Draycott Library, Friday, 18 October, 7-8:30 pm. Free to BCGS members.

The annual all day free Finding Your Roots Seminar – Saturday, 19 October 2013. Visit for the BCGS Boutique, and BCGS book sales and displays.

Cemetery Research for Family History – Monday, 21 October 2013, 2-3:30 pm, Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, sponsored by the BC Genealogical Society and the Vancouver Public Library. Free.

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