Join us at a BCGS General Meeting

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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 Christmas Social – Dec. 10, 2014 in Burnaby BC

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The BCGS Christmas Social is Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:30 pm in Burnaby.
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Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Seasonal refreshments, members’ displays, entertainment and the popular annual BCGS pocket book sale.

Donations of both holiday goodies and of paperback books for the book sale will be appreciated.

Please renew your membership for 2015 right now on-line or at the meeting or by mail.

About the photograph -This shows “Climbers at Mount Resplendent”, British Columbia, Canada in 1913. Byron Harmon postcard. Courtesy Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Mount Resplendent is southeast of the Robson Glacier in Mount Robson Provincial Park and was first climbed by Byron Harmon and Conrad Kain in 1911. Byron Harmon was a well known Western Canadian photographer and Conrad Kain, an accomplished mountaineer and guide.

Learn more about Byron Harmon and see more of his photographs at his grand daughter’s website Byron Harmon Photos and see the Conrad Kain Centennial Society website for a biography of Conrad Kain.

 

BCGS Family History Book Award – deadline for 2014 entries

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15 February, 2015 is the deadline for entries to the British Columbia Genealogical Society’s annual book award to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia, Canada.

 

 

 BCGS Family History Book Award Strawberry Tea, June 2014, Burnaby, BC

 

Books considered must be written by a British Columbia author, relate to British Columbia family history and be published in 2014.

The British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Award will be presented at the 10th June, 2015 meeting of the British Columbia Genealogical Society in Burnaby, BC..

For full details about BCGS Family HIstory Award submissions, please see the BCGS Family History Book Award Committee’s press release below or contact Alice Marwood, BCGS Family History Book Award Committee Chair, at 604-582-1548 or email: amarwood@shaw.ca

BCGS Family History Book Award Press Release-November 2014

BCGS General Meeting – Nov. 12, 2014 – Speaker: Colin MacGregor Stevens

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The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 November, 2014, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Directions and map (.pdf)

Colin MacGregor Stevens will speak on Military Records.

Also at this meeting:

BCGS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL — You may renew or join for 2015 at this meeting, or right now with PayPal on the BCGS website, or by mail.

BCGS MOST IMPROVED GENEALOGIST CONTEST — all BCGS members are eligible; submit your entry to the Education Committee at the November 2014 meeting.

BCGS BOUTIQUE —  Boutique items or Boutique gift certificates will make great presents for genealogist friends or for prospective genealogists. See the Boutique display at the November meeting, or contact the Boutique to pre-order specific books, maps, etc.

The photograph above shows “Two Canadian soldiers reading a War Bond poster in a ruined village in their lines. December, 1917 “  Courtesy Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada: online MIKAN no. 3396789.

 

Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meets Tues., Nov. 18, 2014 – Note date change.

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Please note the date change this month for the Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group to Tuesday, November 18th (not November 11th) due to the Remembrance Day holiday.

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Bring your ideas, questions and latest discoveries. It’s a friendly, helpful group – all interested in genealogy and family history are welcome.

 

Meetup at 1pm at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library in the Board Breakout Room, 7th Floor, 350 West Georgia, November 18th, 2014.

For more about our group, see our Meetup pages.

The photograph above shows the Norwegian-Icelandic Jubilee Committee float in the Vancouver, British Columbia, Golden Jubilee parade in 1936 as it passes the Carnegie Library.  Photographer, James Crookall. Photo courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives and James Crookall, AM640-S1-: CVA 260-495.  Thanks to funding by the Friends of the City of Vancouver Archives over 1000 of Mr. Crookall’s photographs have now been digitized. For more about him and his photographs, see the Authenticity blog article, “The Photography of James Crookall” by Sue Bigelow, published 24 March 2014. Authenticity is the City of Vancouver Archives blog.