BCGS General Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month.
Please note that for the April 10, May 8, and June 12, 2013 general meetings, we wll be at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. (The Edmonds Community Centre is closing so we will no longer be meeting there.)
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.
The BCGS Scandinavian Group will meet November 24th, 2012 from 1-3 pm at the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas St Burnaby, BC V5B 4P9.
All interested in tracing their Scandinavian family roots are welcome to attend.
See the BCGS Scandinavian Group page for more information about group activites and contact information.
This weekend, visit the Swedish Christmas market at the Scandinavian Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18, from 11 am to 4 pm each day and the Scandinavian Craft Fair will be Sunday November 25, 2012 from 11 am to 4 pm.
Last night, Judith Ueland and M. Diane Rogers’s session at the BC Genealogical Society meeting was on researching family involved in the War of 1812. Their handout is now posted on the BCGS Education Handouts page. (This is a .pdf file with live links so it can easily be downloaded onto your computer for easier on-line searches or printed out.)
Their talk and the handout included information on research in Canada and the US. Some of the tips for Canada were:
- direct information on militia and other military units is fragmentary. Search both on-line and off. Library and Archives Canada and the relevant provincial Archives are the best places to start.
- recognition and pensions and settlements for service and losses came years later. Look for confirmation in land and pension records. But, if the person did not survive long after the war, there may not be a record.
- in Canada, people were on both sides of the conflict. You might have both ‘patriots and traitors’ in your family. For ‘traitors’, check for records at the Provincial Archives of Ontario, for example.
- check for older articles written about your family or the places they lived during the period – PERSI, the Periodical Source index will be a good resource for that.
- if in BC, check at the BC Genealogical Society’s Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC which has many 1812 related books and articles available to visitors.
One BCGS member has traced his relationship to Canada’s 1812 heroine, Laura Secord. This research was mentioned in the talk. And since the talk last night, another member (who stayed up till early morning) has now traced her relationship to Laura Secord’s own family, the Ingersolls. If you too are related to the Secords, or anyone else involved in the War of 1812, we’d love to hear from you.
This week’s Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meeting will be Tuesday, 13 November, 2012 in a gallery room on Level 6 at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library.
Are you thinking of your New Year’s genealogical resolutions yet? Bring your latest finds and your questions too.
The last meeting of 2012 will be in a gallery room on Level 6 - 11th of December, 2012.
There will be a BCGS DNA group meeting at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, 1 pm, Saturday, Nov 24th, 2012.
Bring your DNA successes and your questions. Refreshments. The BCGS Walter Draycott Library is at Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue, Surrey, BC. For a map and other information, please follow the Library link above.
Contact M. Diane Rogers for more information.
The next BC Genealogical Society Meeting is Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 7:30 pm, Edmonds Community Centre, 7282 Kingsway (Kingsway & Edmonds), Burnaby V5E 1G3.
After the general meeting, the English Group meets for a discussion on using FamilySearch and Facebook too for genealogy.
Tickets are still available for the BCGS-Cloverdale Brickwalls Seminar, November 3, 2012, 1-5 pm, at the Cloverdale Library.
And be sure to enter the BCGS Bring-A-Friend Membership Contest!
BCGS General Meetings: the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 pm at Edmonds Community Centre, 7282 Kingsway (Kingsway & Edmonds), Burnaby V5E 1G3.