Wait for me, Daddy – WW II – New Westminster, BC, 1940

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The City of New Westminster, British Columbia, unveiled a new monument early this October, a sculpture by Veronica and Edwin Dam De Nogales, based on the well known photograph often called “Wait for Me, Daddy” taken October 1, 1940 as the British Columbia Regiment, Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles, marched down Eighth Street in New Westminster towards the train station.  Continue reading

Nelson BC Memorial Cemetery CD – brand new

Nelson_BC_Memorial_Cemetery-viewNelson Memorial Cemetery view, British Columbia, Canada

The BCGS has just published the Nelson BC Memorial Cemetery CD. This CD contains transcriptions done by Audrey and Henry E. Stevenson along with some photographs and other images from the cemetery and headstones.

The cemetery CD index has over 6500 names listed.

Now for sale – BCGS Cemetery Publication #C120. $20.00

Contact the BCGS Cemetery Committee at cemeteries@bcgs.ca or 604 502 9119 (Surrey BC) to order your copy.

Nelson BC Cemetery CD poster

See the BCGS Cemetery Committee page or the BCGS Publications page for more information.

Cemetery Tours – Burnaby & Vancouver – Sept 2014


Join Lorraine Irving from the BC Genealogical Society for a walking tour of the cemetery’s highest sections, Horne 1 and 2. Enjoy a fantastic view of downtown Vancouver and the mountains. You’ll hear about a soldier who fought in the Riel Rebellion that’s buried near the WW1 cenotaph, a survivor of the Titanic, and more.

Sunday, September 14, 2014 2-3:30 pm. Free.



A walking tour with historian Maurice Guibord

Sat., September 27, 2014, 1-2 pm. Meet inside the cemetery entrance at corner of Imperial St. & Patterson Ave.  Call Maurice Guibord, Vancouver, 604-253-9311 Cell 604-771-3047

Free, followed by coffee on site, courtesy of the cemetery management.

Wear comfortable walking shoes, as this tour entails a fair bit of walking.

Around 1919, Burnaby’s Ocean View Cemetery created a burial section on its perimeter as far from its entrance as one could walk, in order to meet the needs of non-Europeans seeking internment of their deceased. This small segregated plot was named Mongolia, one of the racist epithets designating Asians during that period. You will see buried there, side by side, the well-known Vancouverite Won Alexander Cumyow, and Ross Hendrix, later made famous by his Vancouver-raised grandson, guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

This measure was but a symptom of the racism exercised well into the 1960s in cemeteries in the British Empire, a reflection of the racial climate experienced in the day-to-day life of non-whites.

At Ocean View, you will see the evolution of this approach to burial over a century, from segregated plots to accommodating sections in mausoleums, and to sections catering largely to the Chinese community, where feng-shui stipulations and family estates lay a new claim to identity for this community. You will witness the effects of trans-Pacific political decisions that dramatically reformed centuries-held traditions such as the removal of remains back to China, to the advent of reverse migration of remains from China to North America.

Black History in Canada – Links

Genealogical and family history and historical links for Black History in Canada

Black History Month, Canada: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/black/

Blacks, genealogy and historical resources, Library and Archives Canada: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/immigration/history-ethnic-cultural/Pages/blacks.aspx

Canada’s Black History, Historica Canada: http://blackhistorycanada.ca/

Black Canadians in Uniform, Veterans Affairs Canada: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/those-who-served/black-canadians-in-uniform

BC Black History Awareness Society: http://www.islandnet.com/~bcbhas/

The Salt Spring Island Multicultural Project: http://saltspringarchives.com/index.html

Black settlers of Wellington, BC story from the Nanaimo Archives. This is based, in part, on Christine Meutzner’s presentation to the Nanaimo Community Archives Society AGM for 2015 and includes an audio interview with her. CBC website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/hidden-history-of-african-american-settlers-in-wellington-b-c-uncovered-1.3114170?cmp=rss

Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project, Vancouver: http://www.hogansalleyproject.blogspot.ca/

Black Strathcona, Vancouver: http://blackstrathcona.com/

Ontario Black History Society: http://www.blackhistorysociety.ca/

Black History Ottawa: http://www.blackhistoryottawa.org/

Destination Freedom: The History of the Underground Railroad in Canada, history and historic sites: http://www.canada.worldweb.com/TravelArticles/Historical/8-146799.html

John Freeman Walls HIstoric Site, Puce, Ontario: http://www.undergroundrailroadmuseum.org/

Kelowna – Selected Genealogical Sources

Collins_tobacco_field-Mission_Valley-Kelowna-1898Kelowna & District Genealogical Society. Currently the society has over 11575 obituaries indexed and available, as well as transcriptions, photographs and publications of Central Okanagan cemeteries. The Society publishes a newsletter, “Okanagan Researcher” quarterly and has partnered with the Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library where the genealogical library collection is now located. See the Society’s website for indexes and details on these and other projects.: http://www.kdgs.ca

Video about the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and the Kelowna Public Library, ShawTV Okanagan, 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ3E2EM63iE   Continue reading