Join us at a BCGS General Meeting

BCGS General Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month. We now meet at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Our Hospitality Committee will welcome you – anyone interested in genealogy and family history is welcome to attend.

Usually there is a short business meeting, followed by refreshments, and then either there will be a speaker, or two or three of the special interest groups (SIGs) will meet.

Meeting details, including information on the Special Interest Group sessions, are listed on the BCGS Calendar ahead of time. If you’d like to be in touch with a Special Interest Group facilitator before the meeting, see the BCGS SIG facilitators’ contact information here on the BCGS Education page.

Our BCGS Boutique and Publications Committee members are often at meetings with tables of books, BCGS publications and genealogical tools – and fun items too.

You’ll be free to see more about our past projects and talk to members about our current activities.  We hope you will then join us as a BCGS member! See BCGS Membership benefits and application information here.

BCGS General Meeting – July 13, 2016 – BC and Computer Groups meet

1933-Vancouver-Sun-carriers-New-Westminster-BC

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby. Meeting location – printable map and directions

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Group sessions after the meeting will be:

Canadian Interest Group: British Columbia with M. Diane Rogers

Computer Interest Group: with Peter Claydon and Eunice Robinson

Shown in the 1933 photograph above are some Vancouver Sun newspaper boys in New Westminster.

This vintage Stuart Thomson photograph has been digitally colourized by Mark Truelove of Canadian Colour. View both the original and the new version at the Canadian Colour website.

Mark is a family historian from British Columbia who wants to bring the past to life. Learn more about him in this Radio Canada International interview with Wojtek Gwiazda. Like the Canadian Colour Facebook page too to see his newest work.

Original photograph, Vancouver Sun Service Department No. 41 hut and carriers, at 12th and Nanaimo, New Westminster, BC, Canada, 1933, courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives: AM1535-: CVA 99-4378; photographer Stuart Thomson. Colourized version courtesy of Mark Truelove, Canadian Colour

BCGS Family History Book Awards & Strawberry Tea – June 8, 2016 in Burnaby

Strawberries

The next BCGS general meeting will be Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map

This meeting will feature the Annual BCGS Family History Award presentations and authors’ talks and the annual Strawberry Tea!

All interested are very welcome to attend. Learn more about the BCGS Family History Book Awards here.

Photograph: BC Genealogical Society

BCGS General Meeting, May 11, 2016 – DNA & Civil Registration sessions

1912-May-Day-Parade-New-Westminster-BC

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Group sessions after the meeting will be:

DNA Group with M. Diane Rogers
&
Just Ask Us! Civil Registration Records

Meeting location – printable map and directions

The photograph shown above is of the 1912 May Day parade going down 8th Street near Columbia Street (between Columbia and Carnarvon) in New Westminster, BC. The photographer was William Thomas Cooksley. Courtesy of the New Westminster Heritage website, New Westminster Public Library, Accession # 2187. Many more May Day photos are on the website.

According to the on-line description: The shop next to the Barber’s pole was Thomas Oven’s blacksmith shop at 39 – 8th Street.
The Boys’ Brigade is shown in front of a decorated horse-drawn carriage that most likely carried the May Queen and her court. The Boys’ Brigade traditionally were the honour guard for the May Queen.

BCGS General Meeting – April 13, 2016

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby. All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

CLASSES FOR OUR MEETING:

English Group – Tips & Tricks in Finding Elusive Ancestors in the English Census Records – Peter Claydon

Irish Group – Records in the BCGS Library – Eunice Robinson

Introduction to New Members – an information session for new/newer members – Lorraine Irving & Judith Ueland.

See you Wednesday.

BCGS General Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map (.pdf)

BCGS AGM March 9, 2016 in Burnaby – Maple Ridge Family History Group Presentation

The BC Genealogical Society Annual General Meeting will be Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a location map with directions.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

After the formal meeting, members of the Maple Ridge Family History Group will present their Edge Family Legacy Project.

Maple Ridge Family History Group

Photograph courtesy of Meaghan Durupt.

The Maple Ridge Family History Group received a 2016 Maple Ridge Heritage Commendation Award for excellence in enhancing understanding of community history for this project which used family history research techniques to discover an early BC settler family’s story. In the process of clarifying historical questions, they have been able to place the family and its community in regional and national context.

Maple Ridge - Edge Family History Display

Photograph courtesy of Annette Fulford