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.

Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meets Tues. 13 Aug. 2013 – note change of location

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This month the Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meeting is Tuesday, 13 August, 2013 in the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch Promenade, in front of Blenz Coffee at 1 pm.

No doubt we’ll be talking about the 1921 Canadian census now on-line free at Ancestry – page images only – searchable by geographic area. Bring your tips! But don’t hesitate to come with any other genealogical questions, ideas, or finds you’d like to discuss or share.

Coming up -

Stanley Park’s 125th anniversary celebrations, Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25th, 2013. Don’t miss the history events at ‘Memory Lane’ and elsewhere in the park, including displays, talks and walking and biking tours.

Stanley Park at 125: exhibits in VPL’s Special Collections, Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 1pm to 4:30 pm. Free. Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, Level 7.
View displays on the natural history of Stanley Park, learn about the various memorials located in the park, as well as the lost rock garden, and the evolution of the touring vehicles that have carried visitors around the park over the decades. There will also displays on Pauline Johnson, Theatre under the Stars and Lumberman’s Arch. A number of groups, including the BC Genealogical Society, are participating in these displays.
Note: Our BCGS Downtown Group meeting info is always on the Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Meetup pages and on this BCGS website’s calendar page.

Group of pioneer Ukrainian men in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, 1907..  Pioneer Ukrainian group in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, 1907.  These men are identified as: H. Slipchenko, Michael Stecheshin, Peter Tsembal (officer in Russian Army), Meroslaw Stechesin, and William Pidperyhora. From the fonds of Saskatchewan M.L.A. Dr. George Dragan which include photographs of various Ukrainian organizations and the western Canadian Ukrainian community in Canada.  Credit: George E. Dragan / Library and Archives Canada / PA-088514.

DNA Group News – August 2013

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Roberta Estes has written a 4 part DNA series for the National Genealogical Society, “DNA Testing For Genealogy 101 – What Can It Do For You?”. She’s now added links to each of her articles at her blog, DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy, along with a list of the topics covered – from the basics for Y-DNA and mitochondrial and autosomal DNA testing to looking at results.

And for those interested in the United Kingdom’s newest royal, “Y-DNA of the British Monarchy”,  is a new article in the free on-line genetic genealogy journal, Surname DNA Journal.

Reminder – BCGS General Meeting, Wed., July 10, 2013, Burnaby, BC

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A reminder that BCGS general meetings are now at the Danish Lutheran Church in Burnaby.

BCGS General Meeting, Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm.

Our presenter will be BCGS Past President, Lorraine Irving, who will be speaking about Captain William Irving of New Westminster, BC.

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. For convenience, here is a printable map showing the Danish Lutheran Chruch’s location. (.pdf format)

Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meeting, Tuesday, 9 July, 2013, VPL Central Branch

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This month’s Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, 9 July, 2013 in the Board Breakout Room, 7th Floor at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library at 1 pm.Special Collections window display, Vancouver Public  Library, June 2013

Bring some questions and your finds! One member has found another criminal connection which has her chasing off to Australia. (Only in books and on the Internet as yet though.)

While you’re downtown, why not check out VPL’s Special Collections, just along from our meeting place on the 7th Floor – directories, photographs, old newspaper reels, and lots more.  This photo shows last month’s Special Collections natural history window display.


Reminders -

Scottish Research session at VPL (Lower Floor), July 11, 2013 from 2-3:30 pm.

BCGS Library Open House, Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 2-4 pm. Refreshments. And,
BCGS free Library Week, Monday, July 15-Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10 am to 3 pm each day.

BCGS Editor’s Chat, July 22, 7 pm right here at

Note: Our Downtown Group meetings in 2013 will all be on the 7th Floor in the Board Breakout Room.  Our meeting info is always on the Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Meetup pages:

Midsummer 2013 Gallery

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Scandinavian Midsummer June 2013, Burnaby BC at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre. Thank you to all the BC Genealogical Society and Scandinavian Cultural Society genealogy volunteers. The Scandinavian Genealogy group will meet at the Centre again starting this fall.

If you are interested in a trip on the Viking ship, the Murin, get the details at



Reminder – BCGS General Meeting – June 12, 2013 – Strawberry Tea! BCGS Book Awards! Displays!

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The next BCGS General Meeting will be Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, in Burnaby.

This will be our BCGS Strawberry Tea night and Announcement Night for the BCGS Family History Book Awards. Authors will be there to talk about their books and books will be for sale too. Join us for an educational and fun night.

And members are invited to bring their own displays to show. Please contact Eunice Robinson at 604 596 2811 to ensure space.

Location: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Download BCGS- Location Change-April 2013  (.pdf) for a prinable map of the Danish Church’s location with directions.

The books submitted for this year’s BCGS Family History Book Award included (alphabetically by author’s last name):

Baile, Lisa—John Clarke, Explorer of the Coast Mountains (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2012).

Bentley, Peter, with Fowler, Robin—One Family’s Journey: CANFOR and the Transformation of B. C.’s Forest Industry (Vancouver, BC: Douglas and McIntyre, 2012).

Hawthorn, Tom—Deadlines: Obits of Memorable British Columbians (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2012).

Hope, Sharon—The English Travelers: Three Narratives (Sidney, BC: 2011).

MacLean, Albert Mair with Margaret Anne Hume—My Life: Adventures of an RCAF Flying Officer, Eaton’s Manager, and Family Man (Vancouver, BC: Caissie Cape Publications, 2012).

Martin, Elinor—The Kurrajong Tree: Loves and Lives of Three Women in Colonial Australia (West Vancouver, BC: Eastcot Publications, 2012).

McBride, Sam—The Bravest Canadian – Fritz Peters, VC: the Making of a Hero of Two World Wars (Vancouver, BC: Granville Island Publishing, 2012).

Pavlik, Janet, and Smith, Desmond, and Smith, Eileen—Echoes Across Seymour: a History of North Vancouver’s Eastern Communities Including Dollarton and Deep Cove (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd, 2012).

Young, David Esson—The Uchuck Years: A West Coast Shipping Saga (Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2012).