Vancouver Public Library – Fall 2012 – Upcoming Events

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Check out the many free genealogy and history related programmes being offered by the  Vancouver Public Library this winter, including the BCGS session – Begin, or Return to Your Family History, November 5th.  And, if you’d like an introduction to browsing the Internet, using e-mail or an e-reader, check the VPL events calendar for sessions on those topics too.

VPL Event Calendar:  Registration is sometimes required so check all event details on the VPL calendar.

Monday November 5, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm,  Begin, or Return to Your Family History with BCGS President Lorraine Irving and BCGS Education Chair Eunice Robinson.
Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Beginning or returning to family history research can quickly become overwhelming. Learn to organize what you already have from family or previous research and how to get the most from Internet and hands-on research. For more information please contact VPL – Fine Arts and History at 604-331-3716. Sponsored by the BC Genealogical Society.

Monday November 12, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, Central Library, Life On The Dead Beat.

Writing obituaries is a job like no other. You meet the most fascinating people, all of them dead. Globe and Mail columnist Tom Hawthorn reads from Deadlines: Obits of Memorable British Columbians.

Tuesday November 20, 2:30 pm-4:00 pm, Central Library, How to Research Your Vancouver Home Using Online Resources.

This program will help you find information on your Vancouver home using directories, historical photographs, and other online resources.

Thursday November 29. 2:30 pm-4:00 pm. Central Library, Personal Digital Archiving: safeguarding your digital assets.

Do you have treasured photos, important household files, or valuable documents stored on your computer? What would happen if you no longer had access to these digital assets?

Monday, December 3. 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m, Central Library, Derek Hayes: British Columbia – A New Historical Atlas.

Award-winning map historian Derek Hayes presents his new volume, British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas, the story of British Columbia in maps from the 1500s to the Vancouver Olympics.

All Souls Events – Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery, Oct 27 – Nov 1, 2012

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Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery’s 2012 All Souls event activities are listed below. For more information, see Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery website and the City of Vancouver’s event calendar.

An archived list of burials at Mountain View Cemetery is available here:

Follow this link to use the Mountain View Cemetery search on VanMap. If you use an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you can download an app from the Cemetery website to search cemetery records by name and zoom in on the grave site. (An Android app is coming…)

Saturday, October 27 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm

Music, warming fires, and fragrant teas comfort the living, and public shrines remember the dead.  Inside the Celebration Hall you will find space and materials to craft your own personal memorials.

Sunday, October 28 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

Threshold Choir performance in the Celebration Hall.  The all-women Threshold Choir honours the ancient tradition of singing at the bedsides of people who are struggling, some with living, some with dying.

Tuesday, October 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm 

Film screening of the 2006 documentary “Forever” about Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France.

Thursday, November 1 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

The Orkestar Slivovica Balkan Brass Band performance and procession through the shrines to honour the dead.

Mountain View Cemetery,5455 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5W 2Z3
(entrance at 39th Ave)
Phone: 604-325-2646

BC Vital Event registration images on-line

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You can know see many of the BC Vital Events historical registrations, with images, on-line, at both the BC Archives and FamilySearch sites, thanks to a project jointly developed by the British Columbia Archives, FamilySearch and the BC Vital Statistics Agency.

For the BC Archives searches, go to the information page:
On your right hand side, choose either the new Vital Events search or the old.

At FamilySearch, you may go to the Canada collections page and choose the BC Vital Events database you want (births, marriages, deaths) or you may choose to do a wider search:

Final Resting Places: Stanley Park Stories, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, Vancouver, BC

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Final Resting Places: Stanley Park Stories
Saturday September 8, 2012 from 1pm – 3pm

Tickets: $12 cash
Departs & returns to Brockton Point Visitors Centre (at the totem poles)

This historical walking tour features sites & stories about those who “rest in peace” in Stanley Park. Presented by The Stanley Park History Group’s Jolene Cumming and Lorraine Irving, president of the BC Genealogical Society. The tour visits the old historic Pioneer Cemetery, the monument to those who drowned in the 1913 Chehalis boating disaster, Deadman’s Island’s smallpox Pest House site and various other memorials honouring the dead in the park.

Please pre- register at 604 – 873 – 1866. Limited spaces.

More info:

Yukon – Links

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Dawson City Museum and Historical Society:

Dawson City Museum Datases, including the Pan for Gold Database and Yukon Cemeteries & Obituaries::

Yukon and Alaska Genealogy Centre, Murray Lundberg:

Yukon Archives:

Listing of Mrs. M. L. Ferguson’s 1901 Dawson City Directory, published by Barnes & Baber as The Only Yukon-Alaska Directory for 1901:

Cemetery Tour – Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery – Sunday, August 5, 2012

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A View of Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, BC, Canada.Coming up this Sunday, 5 August, 2012 is a Women’s HIstory Tour of Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery, 10 am. There are so many fascinating stories about women buried in Mountain View from the City of Vancouver’s earliest history to recent days.. .

Meet at the cemetery’s Celebration Hall, 5445 Fraser St. (enter from 39th Ave.). $10. each. Tour leaders, Lorraine Irving, BCGS President and longtime Mountain View researcher, and M. Diane Rogers, BCGS Editor, and Jolene Cumming of the Herstory Cafe will be there to greet you.

Mountain View Cemetery’s Walking Tour poster. Next is a bike tour of the cemetery, September 15th.