Canadian Veterans Death Cards – World War I – on-line at LAC

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New at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) – Canadian Veterans Death Cards: First World War.
This collection includes Canadian World War I nurses and soldiers, if veterans, and a few others, but only those whose deaths were reported to Veterans Affairs up to the 1960s. The collection does not include those who died overseas during the war.
Before searching, check the Help section for more information and for explanations of abbreviations, etc.
This collection is part of LAC’s digitized microform, so is not searchable. The cards were originally used as an index and were filmed alphabetically. Details can include next of kin, date and cause of death and place of burial.

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.