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.

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.

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)