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. 11, 2013 in Burnaby BC

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The BCGS Christmas Social will be Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 7:30 pm in Burnaby.
Candy Cane

Time:  7:30pm – 10:00pm

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

Seasonal refreshments, members’ displays, the traditional BCGS genealogy scavenger hunt and the very popular annual BCGS pocket book sale. BCGS members, please contact Eunice Robinson to ensure space for your displays.

Donations of both holiday goodies and of paperback books for the book sale are always appreciated.

Christmas Tree A photo of Vancouver’s Louis Denison Taylor’s Christmas tree, decorated with men’s ties, 25 December 1929. Louis Taylor, Mayor of Vancouver for seven terms from 1910 to1934, was well known for his red ties. We can’t tell what colour those on the tree were, but I bet there was red in each as although that year he wasn’t Mayor, he was very soon back in office.  Photograph courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives. AM1477-1-S5-: CVA 1477-898.

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If you’d like to know about the intriguing Mayor Taylor, the BCGS Library has his biography, L.D.: Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver, written by Daniel Francis.

Remembrance Day meeting notes, Nov. 13, 2013

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Great Remembrance Day themed meeting Wednesday night -speakers and displays. Here are some notes and links that people requested.

Military Service Recognition Books, Volumes 1-8 on-line free, also submission forms for entries. Royal Canadian Legion, British Columbia Yukon Command: http://www.legionbcyukon.ca/content/military-service-recognition-book

Bill Clayton’s Medals handout  Check the BCGS Library for additional books on medals and awards, including Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals by F. J. Blatherwick and Medals, The Researchers Guide [UK] by William Spencer.

British Army medal index cards 1914-1920, The National Archives of the UK.  Free search by name, #, etc. Also explanations and lists of abbreviations used on the cards. The documents themselves are pay for view: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/medal-index-cards-ww1.htm

Geographical Naming for Western Canada’s War Dead

North West Terrritories, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre: http://www.pwnhc.ca/programs/commemorative_names/index.asp

Yukon Geographic Place Names Board (flash): http://www.yukonplacenames.ca/YGPNB_flash.html

Manitoba, Place of Honour, Manitoba Conservation, Commemorative Names Project book: http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/lands_branch/geo_names/honour-e/index.html

“Manitoba honours last four of its First World War Victoria Cross recipients with lakes named after them near Thompson. All 14 provincial VC heroes now have geographical features named after them”, by John Barker, November 15, 2013, Thompson Citizen: http://www.thompsoncitizen.net/article/20131115/THOMPSON0107/311159994/-1/thompson01/manitoba-honours-last-four-of-its-first-world-war-victoria-cross

Saskatchewan Geographic Names Program: http://www.tpcs.gov.sk.ca/geographicnames

The Saskatchewan book mentioned is Their Names Live On: Remembering Saskatchewan’s Fallen in World War II by Doug Chisholm and Douglas Hill. Available in the BCGS Library.

Alberta, Geographic Names Program: http://culture.alberta.ca/heritage/resourcemanagement/archaeologyhistory/geographical/default.aspx

GeoBC, British Columbia: http://geobc.gov.bc.ca/bcnames   Naming policy [.pdf]: http://geobc.gov.bc.ca/bcnames/files/GeogNamingPolicy.pdf

“Casualties of War”, Know BC. Article by Andrew Scott from his Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia, available at the BCGS Library: http://knowbc.com/Knowbc-Blog/Casualties-of-War

See Natural Resources Canada for links to other provincial naming programmes: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/earth-sciences/geography-boundary/geographical-name/related-sites/5745

BCGS General Meeting, 13 Nov. 2013, Burnaby

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The next BCGS General Meeting will be Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 7: 30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Theme: Remembrance.

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Members may present their military related stories or bring displays. Contact Eunice Robinson to reserve.

This meeting will be the last day to enter the Most Improved Genealogist contest. BCGS members should contact Eunice Robinson by e-mail, telephone or at the meeting about submissions.

BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group Meets, 12 Nov. 2013

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Reminder:  The November Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meeting is Tuesday, 12 November, 2013 at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 7th Floor Board Breakout Room, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.  See a Google Map with directions to VPL, Central Branch here.

Skating on Lost Lagoon
Anyone interested is welcome to attend. We discuss genealogy questions and news and help each other with our family history research.

You can learn more about our group on Meetup.com

 

Photograph – Ice skating on Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1920s. Photographer, Philip Timms.  Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs, VPL7380.
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Upcoming BCGS General Meetings – 2013

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Upcoming  BC Genealogical Society General Meetings, November-December 2013

November – Burnaby— Wednesday, November 13, 2013 

remember Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

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

Topic: Remembrance. Members may present their military related stories or bring displays. Contact Eunice Robinson to reserve.

This meeting will be the last day to enter the Most Improved Genealogist contest. BCGS members should contact Eunice Robinson by e-mail, telephone or at the meeting about submissions.

December – Burnaby— Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – BCGS Christmas Social

MC900436341Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

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

 

Seasonal refreshments, members’ displays and the very popular annual BCGS pocket book sale. BCGS members, please contact Eunice Robinson to ensure space for your displays. Donations of both holiday goodies and of paperback books for the book sale are always appreciated..

Reminder: Bruce McIntyre Watson to speak – BCGS General Meeting, Oct 9, 2013, Burnaby, BC

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Speaker Bruce Mcintyre Watson on ‘Children from early native and non-native relationships from the Pacific Coast to the Rockies: How does a genealogist trace anything through this maze?’

October 9, 2013 – 7:30 pm, BCGS General Meeting, Burnaby, BC

Downstairs Hall at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

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Speaker: Bruce McIntyre Watson

 

 

 

 

Vancouver historian Bruce McIntyre Watson will look at the history of children from early native and non-native relationships throughout the Pacific Northwest and the tough job that a genealogist has in trying to trace ancestors back to that period. First, he will look at the possible descendants of one or more Spanish wrecks along the Oregon coast, and moving up the coast from the mouth of the Columbia River to Yakutat, Alaska, will briefly look at hubs of activity and interaction. In the second part, he will look at the posts west of the Rockies and examine how they enabled families to develop. Third and throughout the talk, he will look at possible sources to extract genealogical information from the late 1600s to 1838.

Bruce M. Watson co-authored with Jean Barman, Leaving Paradise: Indigenous Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest, 1787-1898, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006 and is the author of Lives Lived West of the Divide: A Biographical Dictionary of Fur Traders working West of the Rockies, 1793-1858, Kelowna: Centre For Social, Spatial and Economic Justice, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, 2010.

Bruce Watson’s 3 volume set, Lives Lived West of the Divide, won First Prize in the BCGS Family History Book Award competition in 2010.  The volumes are available in both paper (3 volumes) and digital (.pdf – free) formats at Lulu.com. He is currently working on a similar manuscript focussing on the people of the maritime fur trade.