BCGS AGM March 9, 2016 in Burnaby – Maple Ridge Family History Group Presentation

The BC Genealogical Society Annual General Meeting will be Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a location map with directions.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

After the formal meeting, members of the Maple Ridge Family History Group will present their Edge Family Legacy Project.

Maple Ridge Family History Group

Photograph courtesy of Meaghan Durupt.

The Maple Ridge Family History Group received a 2016 Maple Ridge Heritage Commendation Award for excellence in enhancing understanding of community history for this project which used family history research techniques to discover an early BC settler family’s story. In the process of clarifying historical questions, they have been able to place the family and its community in regional and national context.

Maple Ridge - Edge Family History Display

Photograph courtesy of Annette Fulford

Vancouver Province – 20 Year Subscriber Index, as of 1929

Vancouver Province Roll of Honour, 1929

In May of 1929 the Vancouver Province ran a list of early subscribers in a Roll of Honour over several weeks in the Sunday newspaper. There were full page lists of name, address, date when the person came to BC and the year they started to subscribe to the Vancouver Province.

The first list of two full pages was published May 12, 1929, and more over the following Sundays, May 19th and May 26th, for a total of six full pages of names.

Many hundreds of other subscribers have written to the Province, stating that they have been regular readers of this paper for periods varying from three to nineteen years, and requesting that they be sent Pioneer Honour Roll Certificates when they shall have completed the twenty year period as readers. Their names have been recorded and their wishes will be met in due course.

There are over 2700 Vancouver Province early subscribers from around British Columbia on this list which has been indexed by British Columbia Genealogical Society member Alice Marwood.

The earliest date in BC a subscriber reported was 1844. A good number of people reported being subscribers since 1898 when the paper moved to Vancouver from Victoria and began publishing as a daily1.

“The Province”, in The Canadian Encyclopedia, article by Jean O’Clery, Jessica Potter.

Long Time Province Subscribers, 1929

wdt_IDNAMEADDRESSCITYDATE TO BCREADERS SINCENOTES
wdt_IDNAMEADDRESSCITYDATE TO BCREADERS SINCENOTES
1 ?, MRS LM 1349 E 1ST AVE VANCOUVER 1905 1907
2 ABBOTT, MRS J 883 HAMILTON ST VANCOUVER 1899 1899
3 ABERCROMBIE, 3842 WILLINGDON AVE BBY NEW WESTMINSTER 1900 1900
4 ABERCROMBIE, MRS A 855 EAST 23RD AVE VANCOUVER 1899 1899
5 ABERCROMBIE, WJ KELOWNA 1890 1898
6 ABLITT, MRS GE EBURNE 1889 1909
7 ACHESON, ALEX 927 HORNBY ST VANCOUVER 1899 1899
8 ACHURCH, SAMUEL 2276 WEST 8TH AVE VANCOUVER 1887 1909
9 ACTON, HR 3025 WEST 5TH AVE VANCOUVER 1909 1909
10 ADAIR, ERNEST E PORT HANEY 1897 1907


BCGS Editor’s Chat, Sept 30, 2015

News and views on genealogy, especially in British Columbia. The chat is coming up Wednesday, 30 September, at 7 pm, Pacific time, right here at www.bcgs.ca

Ooops! Somehow I gave the wrong date for the Genealogy Do-Over start – it is this Friday as I said, but Friday 2 Oct. 2015 (not Oct. 9 as I said). Here’s a weblink with all the info: http://ow.ly/SRo7j

BCGS AGM & Cemetery Research presentation – March 11, 2015

The BC Genealogical Society Annual General Meeting is Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a location map with directions.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Speaker: Lindsay McArthur

Topic: Cemetery Research and Transcribing – how to properly clean headstones.

LIndsay McArthur has worked on cemetery projects in both Maple Ridge and Fort Langley. While working at the Langley Centennial Museum she organized “Down to Earth”, a provincial cemetery symposium attended by people from around British Columbia. Lindsay is currently the Visual Arts programmer at the Surrey Art Gallery.

The BC Genealogical Society’s Cemetery Committee is planning field trips and photography projects for 2015. If you are interested in working on a cemetery project with the Committee, please contact Betty Allen by e-mail: bcgs@bcgs.ca or leave a message at the BCGS Library 604 502 9119.

Nelson_Memorial_Cemetery2

The BCGS Cemetery Committee’s latest publication is on Nelson Memorial Cemetery in Nelson, British Columbia.

Salute to a Dedicated Cemetery Recorder – BCGS 1984

A BCGS Cemetery Recording Adventure

Since we’ve recently been discussing our BC Genealogical Society (BCGS) cemetery recording training and field trip plans for 2015, I wanted to share this amusing 1984 cemetery recorder’s comment I found in the BCGS Newsletter, March/April 1984, Volume 9 Number 2, page 16.

Originally submitted to the BCGS Newsletter by Linda Blackman, B.C. Research Committee, 1984.

“The following excerpt was taken from a letter accompanying an out of town recording I received.

“It took me 2 hrs. to arrive after first a flat tire, had to chase cattle so I could get through, wait for road construction, and finally made it to the farm. The farm is, with no problems, just about 15 mins. away from where I live. A very KIND bull put my long legs to work to get back to the car and that is when my OLD age started to show…I’m really not in shape to run.

Anyway the day was nice and a lot of fun.

Do watch for news about our 2015 cemetery recording trips. They won’t be this strenuous!