“…as Difficult to Forget the War as to Forget Life Itself” by Beatrice S. Nasmyth, 1915

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit-London-1914

The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit at the Tower of London, which consisted of 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British and colonial deaths. Photographer Andrew Davidson (English Wikipedia) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

“Proximity of Zeppelins, Hospitals, Red Cross Trains, Wounded Canadians and Funerals of Fallen Heroes Make It as Difficult to Forget the War as to Forget Life Itself” by Beatrice S. Nasmyth, The Daily Province, Vancouver, BC, Saturday, 4 September 1915, page 14.

London, Aug. 29 [1915]—“Just to prove it can be done,” said I to myself yesterday, “I am going to forget for a whole day that there is such a thing as a war. I’ll buy no papers, read no posters, talk only about the weather and the flower show, think only about the happy side of life.”

A beautiful thought with which to sally forth on a bright morning. So I wended my way towards Victoria street thinking how blue was the sky and distaining to analyze the numerous unheavenly odors that greeted me from the street stalls opening up for the day’s business.

It requires concentration, of course,” I reminded myself, struck suddenly by the smell of decaying fish, “but one can always rise above sordid circumstances.” And as I looked up with this thought like a serene refutation there floated across my vision of sky a big black dirigible, very high up and pointing westward. Everybody else on the street was “looking up” too, many anxiously, and I heard the word “Zeppelin” on several lips and on others the ridiculing laugh. But not to be inveigled into thinking of war by this monster warscout I lowered my eyes battling against curiosity, although aircraft are a frequent enough sight here and hastened around the corner.
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BCGS Canada Group – British Columbia Research

Here are the links to newer and useful British Columbia websites and news mentioned at the Canada Group’s July meeting.

A few DIGITAL COLLECTIONS – BRITISH COLUMBIA

ROYAL BC MUSEUM

In partnership with the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, the Museum sponsored consultations in June, 2016 in Abbotsford and Prince George with members of BC’s Punjabi communities – a “first step in the creation of a provincial Punjabi legacy project that preserves and shares community history”.
http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/assets/06-03-2016-Punjabi-Initiatives.pdf

Latest version of the Museum’s e-newsletter, Curious, is on Chinese Legacy Initiatives.
http://curious.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

If you are or might be related to Captain James Cook – his wife Elizabeth Batt’s dessert china set was recently acquired from the City of Victoria.
http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/assets/07-12-2016-Captain-Cook-china.pdf

The Museum’s Transcribe web project launched in 2015 – http://transcribe.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

And the Museum’s (rotating) 100 Objects of Interest website. From John Lennon’s limousine, a yellow bellied sea snake, Vancouver Island treaties, a Harlequin romance, a flapper dress, a Kwagu’ł ceremonial curtain by Mungo Martin, to Yukon Joe’s diary (1946-1961).
http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/100/

About the Royal BC Museum
The Royal BC Museum explores the province’s human history and natural history, advances new knowledge and understanding of BC, and provides a dynamic forum for discussion and a place for reflection. The museum and archives celebrate culture and history, telling the stories of BC in ways that enlighten, stimulate and inspire. Looking to the future, the Royal BC Museum will be a refreshed, modern museum, extending its reach far beyond Victoria as a world-class cultural venue and repository of digital treasures.

OTHER

Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project, University of Victoria and the BC Museums Ass’n.: https://ccap.uvic.ca/index.php/

See also The West Beyond the West: http://westbeyondthewest.ca/ and Memory BC: http://www.memorybc.ca/

And

British Columbia History, 1923-2007 – issues of this BC Historical Federation publication are on-line free: http://www.bchistory.ca/british-columbia-history/

Open Collections, University of BC. Historical books, photographs, BC newspapers: https://open.library.ubc.ca/ See also UBC Circle for publications of UBC personnel and partners. Includes theses and dissertations: http://www.uvic.ca/library/featured/collections/index.php

Facebook Genealogy Groups:

Genealogical and Historical Groups / Pages on Facebook (in English). This is a “267-page PDF List of 9,000+ Genealogy Links on Facebook”, updated May 2016, by Katherine R. Willson: https://socialmediagenealogy.com/resources/

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