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.

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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!

 

The Gold Stripe – post WWI – British Columbia, Canada

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The Gold Stripe, Volume 3, 1919 Title page. Soldier – illustration by Albert Udon.

 

The Gold Stripe, a compilation of articles, stories, illustrations, photographs and poetry, was published in 3 volumes just after World War I as a “tribute to the British Columbia men who have been killed, crippled and wounded in the Great War” and to raise money for the Amputation Club of British Columbia.  Publication years were: Volume 1, 1918; Volume 2, 1919;  Volume 3, 1919.

Most Gold Stripe articles and stories, and a great number of the illustrations were by British Columbians. Some articles are about the war; some are about soldiers and their families and friends trying to reestablish themselves after the war. Continue reading

BCGS Christmas Social – Dec. 10, 2014 in Burnaby BC

The BCGS Christmas Social is Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:30 pm in Burnaby.
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Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Seasonal refreshments, members’ displays, entertainment and the popular annual BCGS pocket book sale.

Donations of both holiday goodies and of paperback books for the book sale will be appreciated.

Please renew your membership for 2015 right now on-line or at the meeting or by mail.

About the photograph -This shows “Climbers at Mount Resplendent”, British Columbia, Canada in 1913. Byron Harmon postcard. Courtesy Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Mount Resplendent is southeast of the Robson Glacier in Mount Robson Provincial Park and was first climbed by Byron Harmon and Conrad Kain in 1911. Byron Harmon was a well known Western Canadian photographer and Conrad Kain, an accomplished mountaineer and guide.

Learn more about Byron Harmon and see more of his photographs at his grand daughter’s website Byron Harmon Photos and see the Conrad Kain Centennial Society website for a biography of Conrad Kain.