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 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.
Flickr.com.

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.

Reminder – BCGS General Meeting, Sept. 11, 2013 in Burnaby

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West End School class 1897 Vancouver BCThe next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 11 September, 2013, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Group Sessions after the general meeting will be:

Scottish Group -with George Caldwell

Computer Group -What comes now after PAF, or not? Join us for a discussion on genealogy software choices.

See a printable map of the Danish Church area with directions here.

The photograph above shows an 1897 school class in front of the West End School at the corner of Burrard Street and Barclay Streets in Vancouver, BC.

The people were identified as principal Robert Fraser and students: Robert Gilmour, T.S. Dixon, Walter B. Ellis, William Stark, Robert Arnett, Pennie Gibb, Maud Curry, Jennie Anstie, Percy Barnett, Arthur Lett, Ernest Dickie, George Wilson, Gordon Harris, Ponsford, Claude Thieke, Bessie Menzies, Elsie Knowles, Maud Munro (Mrs. Robert Telford), Margartet Muir, , Edith Godfrey, Olive Preston, Elsie Curry, Margaret Muir, Edith Godfrey, Olive Preston, Elsie Curry, Ethel Burns, Fanny McQueen, Helen Peck, Pearl Musgrove, Maggie Knowles, Elsie Carr, Hattie Mackay, Edna Cook and others.  William Stark, one of these students, donated the photograph to the City Archives in 1939.

Photograph courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives, AM54-S4-: Sch P37.

According to the Brief History of Schools in Vancouver by Val Hamilton, West End School operated from 1897 to 1907 and was also called Old Burrard Street School and Dawson Primary. It was replaced by Aberdeen.

Reminder – BCGS General Meeting, Aug. 14, 2013 in Burnaby

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Brunette Bridge picnic, 1896

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 14 August, 2013, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Group Sessions after the general meeting will be:
English – Occupations with Susan Snalam
Canada/USA – Homesteading in Western Canada with Judith Ueland and M. Diane Rogers

See a printable map of the Danish Church area with directions here.

The photograph above shows a Brunette Creek, New Westminster area picnic, c. 1896, from the New Westminster Public Library’s collection, Accession #13. Those in the photo are identified as: Mrs. James Brymner, Mr. Fisher, Mr. Brymner, Mr. Lowry, and Mrs. Brymner.  Follow this link to search the New Westminster Public Library‘s Historical Photo Database.