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

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

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.


BCGS Family History Book Award – deadline for 2014 entries




15 February, 2015 is the deadline for entries to the British Columbia Genealogical Society’s annual book award to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia, Canada.



 BCGS Family History Book Award Strawberry Tea, June 2014, Burnaby, BC


Books considered must be written by a British Columbia author, relate to British Columbia family history and be published in 2014.

The British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Award will be presented at the 10th June, 2015 meeting of the British Columbia Genealogical Society in Burnaby, BC..

For full details about BCGS Family HIstory Award submissions, please see the BCGS Family History Book Award Committee’s press release below or contact Alice Marwood, BCGS Family History Book Award Committee Chair, at 604-582-1548 or email:

BCGS Family History Book Award Press Release-November 2014

French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest


Book Launch and Presentation by Jean Barman

Tuesday, 2 December 2014, beginning at 6:30 pm.


Sponsored by the Société historique francophone de Colombie-Britannique (SHFCB)

Studio 16, Maison de la Francophonie, 1555 West 7th Ave., Vancouver. Free event.

Launch of the 2015 SHFCB calendar, 6:30 pm

Wine & cheese 7:00 pm

Jean Barman’s presentation (in English), 7:30 pm.

Jean Barman was the 21st recipient of the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding literary career in British Columbia. Read more about her at ABC BookWorld.

French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women – Book Launch poster (.pdf). Please distribute.

All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery – Oct 25-Nov 2, 2014, Vancouver BC

Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery will celebrate its 10th Annual All Souls event starting on Saturday, October 25th and conitinuing till November 2, 2014.  This is a peaceful, reflective family friendly time to visit Mountain View.  Beginning on the 25th, the Celebration Hall will be open each night – 6-10 pm for the All Souls Opening, October 25th with music and tea, and memorial making with flowers and candles, and then 6-9 pm nightly till the 2nd.

To see the details for all this year’s events, and photographs and memories of past years, go to the Night For All Souls website.

Cemetery walking tours are included in the events.

Sunday, October 26, 2-4pm  and Sunday, November 2, 2-4pm – Veterans of World War One in Mountain View Cemetery walk with Joe MacEachern

Saturday, November 1, 2-4pm – Historical Walk with Lorraine Irving

Military_Graves-Mountain_View_Cemetery-Vancouver_BCMilitary Graves and Cross of Sacrifice, Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 2013.