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 January 8, 2014 General Meeting Reminder

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Harry Stokes' Chicken RanchThe next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 8 January 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The group sessions after the general meeting will be:

Genealogy 101 – Starting or Jump Starting Your Research
English – Pre-1837 Records

The photograph above shows a group at Harry Stokes’ chicken ranch in the Fraser Valley. The photo was apparently published in the 1928 report “Land Settlement: Across Canada with Lord Lovat; Inspection of Farms of New Citizens Brought to Canada Under the British Family Settlement Scheme” (according to Google Books which gives the author as Canada. Land Settlement Branch, Department of Immigration and Colonization, 1928. The National Archives of the UK lists a copy under Records of the Colonial Office, etc. Not digitized.). Photo courtesy of The National Archives (TNA) , Colonial Office photographic collection – CO 1069-289-15. This photo is posted on the TNA’s Flickr set ‘Lord Lovat’s 1928 Tour’ and the TNA encourages their visitors on Flickr to “use the comments section below the pictures to share any information you have about the people, places or events shown” so if you know more about Harry Stokes and his family or the farm, please let TNA (and BCGS) know. Lord Lovat was a British Under-Secretary of State for the Dominions and his 1928 tour was covered in newspapers in Canada and other British countries.

BCGS DNA Group Update – Next meeting February 12 in Burnaby

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Already we are posting a DNA update to the original update. This can’t wait till February.

Family Tree DNA is sponsoring a series of genetic genealogy webinars  with Elise Friedman of Relative Roots. Since the first on Family Tree DNA’s new X matching feature is today, I hope this will be available later for viewing as some have been.

Family Tree DNA Feature Launch: X Chromosome Matches in Family Finder.
Time: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 @ 12pm Central
Registration: http://bit.ly/19Wohgg

The next webinars will be January 9 – Managing Your Personal Account; January 14 – Family Tree DNA Results Explained, Part 3: Family Finder; January 21 – Mind the GAP: Beginner’s Guide to the Group Administration Page at Family Tree DNA;  January 28 -Advanced Topics at Family Tree DNA, Part 1: Y-DNA.

For full details and registration links, see Shannon Christmas’ Through the Trees blog.

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The next BCGS DNA Group meeting will be at the February 12th BCGS General Meeting to be held from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

We’ll be discussing using charts to decide on and analyze DNA testing and we’ll, no doubt, be talking about the new Big-Y test from Family Tree DNA.

2013 was a very interesting (and sometimes frustrating) year for genetic genealogy and 2014 is likely to be similar.

If you’d like to review 2013, Roberta Estes has a recap at her blog, DNAeXplained, “2013’s Dynamic Dozen – Top Genetic Genealogy Happenings” (posted on 28 December, 2013).

One DNA genealogy related happening I’d add to her list is the decision that two of Henrietta Lacks’ descendants will now be in the United States National Institutes of Health HeLa Genome Data Access working group which approves research on Henrietta Lacks’ genome. Since her death in the 1950s, Henrietta Lacks’ cancer ‘HeLa’ cells have been replicated over and over and used in thousands of medical studies – without her or her descendants’ knowledge or consent. See the Nature article about this 2013 agreement, “Deal done over HeLa cell line” by Ewen Calloway (posted 7 August 2013).

For more about Henrietta Lacks, her story and the medical and ethical questions surrounding her HeLa cells, read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2010). BCGS Library.

Upcoming Genealogy Courses – Greater Vancouver, beginning January 2014

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If you’ve recently started or returned to your genealogy and family history research, this is a great time to plan to attend classes. Next year, starting in January 2014, there are a number of courses being held in Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Surrey and Vancouver.

Burnaby

Beginner & Intermediate courses, 8 week sessions for each, beginning in January – Beginners, Fridays, 1:30-3:30 pm.; Intermediates, Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm. Another set of classes will begin in April, then again in September.
Instructor: M. Diane Rogers
Location: Community College for the Retired (CCCR), near Kingsway and Sperling.
Registration: call 604 517 8732 or see the CCCR website: www.cccrburnaby.org

Maple Ridge

Finding Your Family Tree course, 4 sessions, beginning in either February or April, Thursdays, 7-9 pm.
Instructor: Rob Whitlock
Location: Ridge Meadows College
Registration: call 604 466 6555 or see the College website: www.rmcollege.ca

Surrey

Start Searching your Family History: A Beginners’ Workshop in 5 Lessons, Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm and Start Writing your Family History: A Communications Workshop in 5 Lessons, Saturdays, 1:30-4:30, each beginning in January.
Instructor: Brenda Smith
Location: Cloverdale Library
Registration: see this BCGS article on Cloverdale’s programmes.

Vancouver

Beginners’ Genealogy, 4 sessions, Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, starting in February.
Instructor: Celia Lewis
Location: Kerrisdale Community Centre
Registration: call 604 257 6100 or see the Centre’s website: www.kerrisdalecc.com

Introductory genealogy course, 4 weeks, Thursdays, 1-3 pm.
Instructor: M. Diane Rogers
Location: Brock House
Registration: call 604 228 1461 or see the Brock House Society website: www.brockhousesociety.ca

For other opportunities to learn about genealogy and family history, follow these links to read about Cloverdale Library’s upcoming talks on Wills, Scandinavian Research and Cemeteries, see the BCGS website calendar for information on dates of BCGS meetings, including BCGS Special Interest Group meetings and BCGS Genealogy 101 sessions, or attend sessions at the BCGS Library in January and February to learn about using Facebook and Twitter for genealogy.

BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group Meets 10 Dec.2013

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Reminder: The December Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meeting is Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, in the 7th Floor Board Breakout Room, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

elville St-Vancouver

 

A snowy day on Melville Street, Vancouver, BC, about 1917. Photographer Charles Bradbury. Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives AM54-S4-: SGN 1572.

 

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 Vancouver Genealogy group on Meetup.com

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.

L.D.

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.