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 and Harvest Supper – Sept 14, 2016, Burnaby

Cornucopia of autumn harvest vegetables and fruits

Be sure to attend the BC Genealogical Society’s annual Harvest Supper, 6-7 pm, Wednesday, 14 September, 2016 before the General Meeting at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
Directions and mapDirections and map (.pdf)

The dinner cost is $10. RSVP to Lynne at 604-942-3663, please.

The BCGS Harvest supper has always been well attended and all enjoyed their chicken dinner and the conversations, so reserve your places early. [If you need to e-mail about the supper, send a note to bcgs@bcgs.ca ]

The general meeting will begin at 7:30 pm.

Group sessions after the meeting will include the European and the Ask Me! groups.

The European Group will also be hosting European Research Day at the BCGS Library, October 1.

Image courtesy George GrimmHowell at publicdomainpictures.net

BCGS General Meeting, Wed., August 10, 2016 in Burnaby.

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 10 August 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The Bylaws Committee will review their work and group discussion on some proposed changes will follow.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

After the business portion, George Caldwell will host a Scottish Group session.

Update, August 8: If you had a relative on the Hector in 1773, see today’s note at bcgs.ca

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Fall 2016 Events include:

Sat., Sept. 10th – English Group Coffee Chat; 1-3 pm, BCGS Library.

Wed., Sept. 14th – BCGS Harvest Supper and General Meeting.

Fri./Sat., Sept. 16th and 17th – UEL Dedication and Open House, BCGS Library.

Sat. Oct. 15th – Finding Your Roots Seminar, all day.

Sat. Oct. 29th – BCGS-Cloverdale Library Brickwalls 3 Seminar and Consultations. Tickets available soon from BCGS.

Oct. – BCGS Salt Lake City research trips.

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.