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 12, 2017 – European & Scottish groups meet

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Old cemetery, Bagolino, Italy, 2013.
Photographer, Riccardo Palazzani, Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting will be Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church in Burnaby, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Two research groups meet after the business meeting:

European group – talks on research in Italy & France & other topics, depending on group suggestions. On Saturday, July 15th, there will also be a European Research Day at the BCGS Library in Surrey, Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue from 10 am to 3 pm. Group meeting 1-3 pm. Library – 604 502 9119

Scottish group – talk on cemeteries and monumental inscriptions; then general discussion.

Click for Directions and Map (printable)

All interested are very welcome to attend.

BCGS Family History Book Awards & Strawberry Tea – June 14, 2017 in Burnaby

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The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, features the Annual Family History Award presentations, authors’ talks and the annual Strawberry Tea! Authors from around British Columbia will be speaking about their books and their own writing experiences.

Time: starting at 7:30 pm
Location: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.
Click for Directions and Map (printable)

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

Tickets for our “Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors” Seminar, June 9-11 in Burnaby and Coquitlam, are now available at meetings, by e-mail, phone, or on-line with PayPal. You do NOT need to be a PayPal customer to use a credit card to pay with PayPal.
See all the Seminar and registration details with payment options here.

Group meetings and chats coming up in June – at the BCGS Library unless otherwise stated. Check back for updates.

Coffee Chats

June 4 – Quebec Questers – 10-noon change from normal date due to BCGS Seminar.
June 24 – English Group – 10-noon – topic: British Home Children.
June 27 – DNA Group, 1-3 pm.

Groups
June 13 – Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group, 1-3 pm, 2nd Tues. each month, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia, 3rd floor meeting room.
June 14 – Mac/Reunion Group, 2nd Wed. before the BCGS Member Meeting at the Danish Church.
June 21 – New Welsh Group, 3rd Wed. each month, 10:30-noon at the Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue, Vancouver, BC – downstairs, enter from the back of the building.

Seminar
June 9-11 – BCGS Annual Seminar, Friday June 9 to Sunday June 11.

Other Events. See the BCGS at these events – or volunteer to help. See our Events page and the BCGS Calendar page for more details and links.

June 17 – Highland Games and Scottish Festival, Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam. George Caldwell, BCGS Scottish Group Facilitator will be speaking at 1:45 pm in the Cultural Tent. Visit the BCGS in the Clan area.

June 17-18 – Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Scandinavian Centre, Burnaby. Get genealogy help, shop at the BCGS Boutique or share your family history with the BCGS-Scandinavian Cultural Society Genealogy Group in the Icelandic Room in the Centre.

Photograph courtesy of pixel2013 at Pixabay

BCGS General Meeting – May 10, 2017 – Burnaby

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

After the general meeting, there will be a BCGS genealogy cocktail party, followed by refreshments and then two Special Interest Group sessions.

Irish Group – with Eunice Robinson
Canada Group – with Judith Ueland

All interested are welcome to attend.

Tickets for our 2017 Seminar “Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors”, June 9-11 in Burnaby and Coquitlam, are now available at meetings, by e-mail, phone, or on-line with PayPal. You do NOT need to be a PayPal customer to use a credit card to pay with PayPal.
See all the Seminar and registration details with payment options here.

If you have not already renewed, or would like to join the BCGS, please see the Membership Committee at the meeting, or you may renew or join and pay on-line at the BCGS Membership page.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Group meetings and chats coming up in April-May – at the BCGS Library unless otherwise stated

April 29 – Ireland, 1-3 pm.
April 29 – “Ask Us” session, 10 am-noon.
May 6 – England – 10 am-noon.
May 9 – Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group – 1-3 pm at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library.
May 10 – Mac/Reunion Group – at the Danish Church before the BCGS General Meeting.
May 13 – Quebec Questors – 10 am-noon & 1-3 pm.
May 17 – Welsh Group – 10:30 am-12:30 at the Cambrian Hall in Vancouver.
May 20 – Scandinavian Group – 1-3 pm at the Scandinavian Centre in Burnaby.
May 23 – Legacy Family Tree User’s Group – 1-3 pm – A look at Legacy 9!
May 27 – Beginners Computer Chat & Canada – 10-noon & 1-3 pm.

BCGS Annual Seminar, Friday June 9 to Sunday June 11 in Coquitlam and in Burnaby, Friday evening and New Westminster, Sunday (Fraser Cemetery tour).

See the BCGS at these other events – or volunteer to help. See our Events page and the BCGS Calendar page for more details and links.

Abbotsford Family History Day – April 29, 2017 in Abbotsford.
BC Historical Federation Conference – May 25-28 in Chilliwack. Inlcudes a genealogy workshop with BCGS members.
Highland Games and Scottish Festival, June 17, 2017 in Coquitlam.
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, June 17 & 18 in Burnaby.

Edited 8 March 2017

BCGS General Meeting – April 12th, 2017 – 7:30 pm in Burnaby

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“Europe in 1648.-Peace of Westphalia, published 1884. See below for a description. Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

There will be a short business meeting, then groups will meet, including

European Group – discuss tips and tools for navigating research in unfamiliar areas and languages. Bring info on a favourite website for European research!
English group – Erica Williams will present England – Beyond BMDs and Censuses. She will look at a variety of records, including those from Wales, and discuss the use of maps to add context.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

Tickets for our 2017 Seminar “Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors”, June 9-11 in Burnaby and Coquitlam, are now available at meetings, by e-mail, phone, or on-line with PayPal. See all the Seminar and registration details with payment options here.

If you have not already renewed, or would like to join the BCGS, please see the Membership Committee at the meeting, or you may renew or join and pay on-line at the BCGS Membership page.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Group meetings and chats coming up in April at the BCGS Library unless otherwise stated

April 8, 2017, Saturday – Quebec, 10 am to noon.
April 9, 2017, Sunday – POSTPONED – DNA – looking at Mitochondrial DNA, 1 to 3 pm. Contact Diane Rogers diane_rogers@shaw.ca re dates.
April 11, 2017, Tuesday – Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group, 1pm – 3pm at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia, Vancouver.
April 15, 2017, Saturday – European Research Day, 10 am to 3 pm. Meet from 1-3 pm in the Board Room.
April 15, 2017, Saturday – Scandinavian Group, 1pm – 3pm at the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas St., Burn­aby.
April 15, 2017, Saturday – Scotland, note* in the Board Room 10am-noon.
April 22, 2017, Saturday – BCGS Library closed due to all day street closures for parade.
April 29, 2017, Saturday – (POSTPONED from April 22) – Ireland, 1 to 3 pm.
April 29, 2017, Saturday – Ask Us” session, 10 am to noon.

The map above depicts “Europe in 1648.-Peace of Westphalia; showing especially

  • (a,) The Possessions of the two branches of the house of Habsburg at the end of the Thirty Years War (purple).
  • (b,) The possessions of the house of Hohenzollern, (union of Prussia with Brandeburg [blue.]).
  • (c,) The Swedish Empire on both shores of the Baltic and in Northern Germany.
  • (d,) The Danish Monarchy, Denmark, Norway, and Schonen.
  • (e,) The British isles, with the battle-fields of the civil wars.
  • (f,) France, with the battle-fields of the civil wars [red].
  • (g,) Germany with the battle-fields of the Thirty Years War.
  • (h,) The republic of Poland in its greatest extent.
  • (i,) The Western Boundary of Russia.

From “An Historical Atlas Containing a Chronological Series of One Hundred and Four Maps, at Successive Periods, from the Dawn of History to the Present Day.” by Robert H. Labberton. Sixth Edition. 1884.” Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.