New Scots in BC website – SFU’s Tartan Day 2013

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Simon Fraser University - Tartan Day 2013 poster

Simon Fraser University’s Scottish Studies Department celebrates Tartan Day, Monday, April 8th, 2013 at SFU’s Vancouver’s Harbour Centre Campus, Room 1410, at 7:30-9:30 pm.  Scottish Studies is launching an interactive website, “Scots in BC,” and the evening will feature music by members of the Vancouver Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and dancing by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Follow this link for more about the Simon Fraser University Scots in BC project. There will be a way to add information about British Columbia’s Scottish families to the new website. We will add that link here as soon as it’s announced.

See the SFU Scottish Studies webpages for more information, or to contact the SFU Scottish Studies Department. The poster is available here – SFU_TartanDayPoster 2013 in a .pdf format.

Christmas Celebrations, British Columbia, Canada, 1881

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Images of Christmas celebrations in 1881, British Columbia, from The Graphic‘s Christmas Number 1881, page 14 – apparently mostly a joyful time from these illustrations, except for that pudding.

Christmas celebrations, British Columbia, Canada, 1881. Illustrations from The Graphic.

See the ‘Getting Ready for Christmas’ illustrations from this same set;  both courtesy a BCGS member, from a private collection.  The coverage and language usedin historical newspapers often reflect the thoughts and opinions of the times.

Getting ready for Christmas in British Columbia, Canada, 1881

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Images of the preparations for Christmas in 1881, British Columbia, from The Graphic‘s Christmas Number 1881, page 14.

The Graphic, an illustrated newspaper, was published in England weekly from 1869 to 1932 and was widely circulated. The coverage and language used often reflect the thoughts and opinions of the times.

Christmas in British Columbia, Canada, 1881,Getting Ready. Illustrations from The Graphic newspaper.Watch for a second set of illustrations from the same group, both courtesy a BCGS member, from a private collection.


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.