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 Vancouver Genealogy Group meets March 11, 2014

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Vancouver Theatre Row 1951

The BCGS Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group meets Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM.

Location: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver, in the Board Breakout Room on the 7th Floor.

Bring your ideas, questions and latest discoveries. We are a friendly, helpful group.

Anyone interested in genealogy and family history is welcome. Learn more about our group at Vancouver Genealogy group

The photograph above shows a rainy evening image of part of ‘Theatre Row’ on Granville Street in Vancouver, BC in 1951. (North from Nelson Street.) Courtesy of Vancouver Public LIbrary Special Collections, Artray Ltd. photograph, # 81525. Accessed 8 March 2014 on The Commons at

For more about Artray Ltd. photographs of post World War II Vancouver, see the VPL Artray Photograph Collection:

For more about VPL’s historical photograph collections, go to:

BCGS Feb 12, 2014 General Meeting Reminder

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Reminder: The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The group sessions after the general meeting will be:

Canada – Maps & Land Records, Ontario – Judith Ueland

DNA Special Interest Group – Introduction to using charts & an update on what’s new (BigY test, prices, news from RootsTech) – Diane Rogers


Learn about Twitter for Genealogy at the free sessions to be held at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC on:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and/or,

Saturday, February 22, 2014 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Free, but you do need to register ahead of time as space is limited, e-mail Eunice at till Feb. 14th, or Lorraine, after Feb 14th.

And Early Bird priced tickets are for sale now for the May 31st BCGS seminar with Audrey Collins from the National Archives of the UK and Geoff Doherty from Australia. See the details on our BCGS 2014 Seminar page and download the brochure which has more information on the speakers and their topics.

Keep an eye on the BCGS website Calendar as we post information there on all upcoming events as soon as we have details. March 12, 2014 will be the BCGS Annual General Meeting. Speaker: Peter Whitlock on Using Wills to Link the Generations.

BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group meets 11 Feb., 2014

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The BCGS Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group meets Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Time: 1:00 PM.

Note a slight change in location for this meeting only.

Location: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver, in the Morris J. Wosk Board Room (not in the Board Breakout Room this time) on the 7th Floor.

Bring your ideas, questions and latest discoveries. We are a friendly, helpful group. Diane R will be just home from the RootsTech 2014 conference and no doubt will have some genealogy news.

Anyone interested in genealogy and family history is welcome. Learn more about our Vancouver Genealogy group at

BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group Meets Jan. 14th, 2014

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The next BCGS Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group meeting is Tuesday, 14 January, 2014.

Grace Hospital Opening, 1927

Time: 1 pm

Location: 7th Floor Board Breakout Room at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia in Vancouver.

This photograph shows the opening of the Salvation Army’s Grace Hospital in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1927. Photographer, W. J. Moore. City of Vancouver Archives AM54-S4-: Bu N248.

Perhaps we’ll talk about our New Year’s Genealogy Resolutions? Two of us are part of the 52 Ancestors Challenge this year – to blog about 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks. You might like to take a look at some of the Week 1 articles:

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

For more about us, see the Vancouver Genealogy Meetup pages:

BCGS English Group – Pre-1837 Presentation Handout

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The handout for tonight’s English Group presentation on Pre-1837 English Records by Rob Whitlock is now posted on the BCGS website.

Other information and websites mentioned will be posted here later. See also the BCGS website’s genealogy Research Links section for links to additional information relevant to pre-1837 Great Britain and Ireland, England and Wales, and also Medieval topics.

Additional websites mentioned:

WiganWorld, for Court Leet Rolls [] and much more for Wigan genealogy (in Greater Manchester, Lancashire):

New at Ancestry, England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858:  Sources for these are given as:

“ England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury: Wills of Selected Famous Persons.  Digitized images. Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 1. The National Archives, Kew, England.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury and Related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers. Digitized images. Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11. The National Archives, Kew, England.”

List of English Everyname Probate Indexes, FamilySearch:

The Domesday Book Online

This is the BCGS Library list of the selection of books for pre-1837 English genealogy which were displayed at the meeting. There are many more publications and resources at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library for pre-1837 English genealogy research.

The books listed below by Penelope Christensen are all available through the BCGS Boutique. They are highly recommended and are from the English genealogy series published by Heritage Productions. Check the BCGS Boutique’s Heritage Books catalogue (.pdf) for these and other titles. To contact the BCGS Boutique, call or e-mail Cathy Magee: 604-521-4966 or cathyjm @


912’942 HIN – Maps For Historians, Hindle, Paul Phillimore & Company Limited, 1998.
929 HP No H 04 – Finding Your English and Welsh Ancestors …Including Isle of Man and Channel Islands, CHRISTENSEN, Penelope, Dr. Heritage Productions, 1997.
929 HP No HE 06 – Researching English Probate Records, CHRISTENSEN, Penelope, Dr. Heritage Productions, 2001.
929 HP No HE 14 – Researching English Contemporary Documents…, CHRISTENSEN, Penelope, Dr. Heritage Productions, 2004.
929 HP No HE 17 – Researching English Taxes, Rates & Duties, CHRISTENSEN, Penelope, Dr. Heritage Productions, 2007.
929’942 FRA – Some Medieval Records for Family Historians. An Introduction in the Purposes, Contents and Interpretation of Pre-1538 Records available in Print, FRANKLIN, Peter, Federation of Family History Societies, 1994.
942 KAI – Tithe Surveys for Historians, KAIN, Roger J.P. and PRINCE, Hugh C., Phillimore & Co. Ltd., 2000.
942 MCL – The Bawdy Courts: Our Rude Forefathers and the Church, MCLAUGHLIN, Eve,  2011.
942 MOO – Family Feudes: An Introduction to Chancery Proceedings, MOORE, Susan Federation of Family History Societies, 2003.
942 SMI ATLAS – The Phillimore Atlas & Index of Parish Registers, HUMPHERY-SMITH, Cecil R. Phillimore & Co. Ltd., 2003.
942 TAT – The Parish Chest. A study of the records of parochial administration in England. TATE, W.E., Phillimore & Company Limited, 1983.
942 TNA – Wills & Probate Records: a guide for family historians, GRANNUM, Karen and TAYLOR, Nigel, The National Archives, 2009.
942 WES – Village Records, WEST, John, Phillimore & Company Limited, 1982.
942.1 BER – Taverns and Tokens of Pepys’, London, by BERRY, George, Seaby Publications Limited, 1978.
942.1 WEB V29 – London Livery Company Apprenticeship Registers, Volume 29, Carmens’ Company 1668, 1678-1800, WEBB, Cliff, Society of Genealogists, 2000.
942.21 LAW – Extracts From The Court Rolls of The Manor of Wimbledon, Extending From  Edward IV to A.D. 1864, LAWRENCE, P. H., Wimbledon Common Committee, 1866.
942.23 BRS v2 c2 – Kent Hearth Tax Assessment Lady Day 1664, HARRINGTON, Duncan; and PEARSON, Sarah; and ROSE, Susan, British Record Society & Kent Archaeological Society, 2000.
942.25 HUN – Sussex Coroners’ Inquests 1485 – 1558, HUNNISETT, R. F., Sussex Record Society, 1985.
942.33 FOR – Dorset Manorial Court Documents: a Guide for Local and Family Historians, FORREST, Mark, Dorset Record Society, 2011.
942.39 RAL – St. Mark’s The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, Bristol (Formerly The Chapel of The Gaunt’s Hospital), RALPH, Elizabeth and EVANS, Henley, Corporation of Bristol, 1971.
942.47 MET – The Visitation of The County of Worcester, 1682 – 83,  METCALFE, Walter C. and POLLARD William, 1883.
942.48 BRS – Warwickshire Hearth Tax Returns: Michaelmas 1670 with Coventry Lady Day 1666, ARKELL, Tom and ALCOCK, Nat; editors, British Record Society and The Dugdale Society, 2010.
942.59 DYM – The Churchwardens’ Book of Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire 1496-c1540, DYMOND, David; editor, Cambridgeshire Records Society, 2004.
942.59 KIM – A Cambridgeshire Gaol Delivery Roll 1332-1334, KIMBALL, Elisabeth G; Editor, Cambridge Antiquarian Records Society, 1979.
942.64 SFK 1710 – The Suffolk Poll Book, 1710, BACON, Stephen and HARRINGTON, George S. A. & RAYMOND M. J., Genealogical Bibliographers, c1995.
942.74 MUR DIR – A Directory of York Goldsmiths, Silversmiths and Associated Craftsmen, MURRAY, Hugh; Compiler, Sessions Book Trust, 1998.
942’929 HAW – Criminal Ancestors – a Guide to Historical Criminal Records in England and Wales, HAWKINGS, David, T. Sutton Publishing, 1996.
942’929 PRO – Using Criminal Records, PALEY, Ruth, Public Record Office, 2001.
942’929.1 – How to Locate and Use Manorial Records, PALGRAVE-MOORE, Patrick, Elvery Dowers Publications, 1985.

Magazines and Journals:
Family Tree Magazine, “Burial Registers by Pauline Litton, June 2000 Vol 16 #8.
Your Family History, “Medieval Records” January 2011 Issue 98.
Your Family History, “Find Old Manor Records Online” March 2005 Issue 22.
Family History, “Petty Session Records” October 2010 Issue 188.
Your Family History, “Secret Censuses” February 2010 Issue 86.
Your Family History, “UK Parish Registers” June 2005 Issue 25.
Your Family History, “Did My Ancestor Meet Oliver Cromwell” October 2005 Issue 29.
Your Family History, Medieval “Inquisitions post mortem” July 2013 Issue 131.
Family History Monthly, “Art of palaeography” June 2008 Issue 157.
The National Trust Magazine, “Slavery” Spring 2007.
Your Family History, “Secret Census Records” September 2005 Issue 28.
Your Family History, “Death Records” June 2009 Issue 78.
Family History Monthly, “Parliamentary Archives” November 2009 Issue 175.
Family History News and Digest, “Manorial Documents Register” September 2005 Issue 28.
Family History News and Digest, “British Divorce” September 2006.
The Genealogists’ Magazine, “Eleanor, Ellen or Frances…” December 2012 Vol 30 #12.
The Genealogists’ Magazine, “Samuel Rishworth of Providence Island” September 2012 Vol 30 #11.