Website Updates, June 2012

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Two new indexes have been added to the website now, including

British Columbia Auto Permit Holders, 1904-1905 on the Members’ Projects page.

Victoria, British Columbia Naturalization Index, 1859 on the BCGS Research Projects page.

Both of these indexing projects are on-going, so watch for updates.

and the winners of the BCGS Family History Book Award for 2012 have been announced!

And Brief Guides to Genealogy and Family History for both Vancouver and Victoria, BC, Canada are now available on the website, also at the BCGS Research Projects page. These were originally published in The British Columbia Genealogist and have been updated and revised for the website.

‘Trails in Time’ – winner of 2011 BCHF BC Website Award

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Walter Volovsek is the winner of the British Columbia Historical Federation’s 2011 BC Website Award for his attractive and useful site, Trails in Time, “dedicated to the contemplative walker”, and offering descriptions of each trail covered, a look at the trails’ construction, and history articles. Lots of photographs, old and new.

Walter Volovsek has been active in both constructing and interpreting local trails and their history and his book, Trails in Time: Reflections, will be published this August, along with his book on Edward Mahon, one of the founders of Castlegar, BC.


Scottish Voices From the West – oral history project launch, April 4, 2012, Vancouver

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On April 4, 2012, in time for Tartan Day (6 April), Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Scottish Studies will launch the first part of the on-line oral history project, “Scottish Voices From the West.”

Join the the launch and demonstration which will coincide with SFU’s Tartan Day Celebration, including piping and fabulous entertainment by the Gaelic Choir and the Vancouver Branch of the Royal Scottish Dance Society, and a short presentation by Dr. Alison Sheridan on the brand new Museum of Scotland.

The launch and celebration will take place Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm in Room 1420 at SFU at Harbour Centre, 515 East Hastings St., Vancouver, BC.

John Oliver High School, 100th Anniversary, Vancouver, BC, 2012

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John Oliver High School (JO) in Vancouver BC celebrates its 100th Anniversary on Friday evening, September 21 and Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the school at 41st and Fraser.

John Oliver High School Band and Orchestra members with instruments, 1932, Vancouver BC CanadaJohn Oliver High School Band and Orchestra members with instruments, 1932, Vancouver BC Canada. No photographer’s name. Private collection.

Among the activities:

Friday night – Meet & Greet and a concert.
Saturday – Boy Scout breakfast, Time Capsule, Guiness Book of Records aerial photo, multicultural lunch, decade rooms, and a homecoming basketball game complete with cheerleaders from the past – and more.

And the Class of ’62 John Oliver, is holding its 50 year reunion on Thursday, September 20.

The new book, The Story of South Vancouver and John Oliver High School will be available.

Arrangements for registration and accommodation, etc. are being worked out. For more information, visit the John Oliver 100th Anniversary Facebook page, see the John Oliver PAC website and the John Oliver Historical Society site.