Join us at a BCGS General Meeting

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.

Midsummer 2013 Gallery

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!

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).


BCGS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND’ MEMBERSHIP CONTEST – the deadline is coming up – June 1, 2013.

All current BCGS members are eligible for one entry for each full membership (not associate memberships) they sign up from August 2012 to June 1, 2013.  See the BCGS Bring-A-Friend Membership contest details and on-line application form here.

Three Prize Baskets will be awarded at the June 12, 2013 meeting by draw.

Questions? Contact the BCGS Membership Committee now – or call the BCGS Walter Draycott Library: 604 502 9119.

BCGS Irish Group – Notes from 8 May 2013

The Ireland Reaching Out website was discussed by Mary Cooper, BC representative:  

See the website’s feature, Find My Parish – by Province or County:

The Peter Robinson settlers from Ireland 1823, 1825 were mentioned. The following is a sampling of websites with information, indexes and databases

The Archives of Ontario, see particularly the Land Records research guide, “From Grant to Patent: A Guide to Early Land Settlement Records, ca.1790 to ca.1850″, pages 11-12:

Peterborough Museum and Archives:

Peter Robinson Ships’ Lists, Trent Valley Archives:

Emigration From Cork Ireland to Upper Canada, 1823, The First Peter Robinson Settlers by Roberta M. O’Brien:

Peter Robinson Settlers of 1823 and 1825, Joe Kenny:

Peter Robinson Settlers from Cork to Canada 1823 & 1825, The Ships List:

Peter Robinson Settlers – 1825, Peterborough County GenSearch:

Extracts from 8 of the Robinson ships, Surgeon-superintendent Reports for 8 of the 1825 vessels, Olive Tree Genealogy:

Survey of Robinson’s Irish Settlers, Robinson’s Papers and Correspondence, Ships Lists, Medical Journals, etc. Transcription project:

See also -

The book, Peter Robinson’s Settlers by Carol Bennett (originally published by Juniper Books Ltd.: Renfrew, 1987, latest edition published by Global Heritage Press: Milton, Ontario, 2011).

1825 Robinson Settlers website for information on the 2025 Celebration planned and to contribute to a new book on Robinson settler families. Contact the Kawartha Ancestral Research Association Inc.:

also mentioned -

Irish Centre for Migration, ERIN, The Centre for Migration Studies (CMS) at the Ulster-American Folk, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland and the Irish Centre for Migration Studies (ICMS) at the National University of Ireland, Cork :

Centre for Migration Studies, Ulster-American Folk Park:

Irish Petty Sessions Courts were another topic. Some on-line resources are -

Irish Petty Sessions Courts, Irish Genealogy Toolkit:

Irish Petty Session records, Republic of Ireland only, Find My Past ( or .com or – World Search), see list of all Irish indexes and databases at Find My Past:

Irish Petty Sessions records, Republic of Ireland only, see the FamilySearch catalog for films:

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, petty sessions for the 6 northern Ireland counties only:

Reminder – BCGS General Meeting – May 8, 2013, Burnaby, BC

Regatta Day, Kelowna, 1910Regatta Day, Kelowna, 1910. George Hudson, photographer.1


A reminder that the meeting this Wednesday will be at the Danish Lutheran Church in Burnaby.

BCGS General Meeting, Wednesday, May 8, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See below for a printable map of the new location.

Group topics:
Genealogy 101 – Parish Records
Irish Interest Group – Petty Session Records – A census substitute??

For the April to June, 2013 general meetings we wll be at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Download BCGS- Location Change-April 2013 for a map of the Danish Church’s location.

1The photograph above shows Regatta Day at Kelowna in 1910; the S.S. Okanagan is at the wharf. The photographer, George Henry Ernest Hudson, took photographs of Okanagan Valley life for federal government pictorial settlement brochures. For more of his work, see the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives collections at MemoryBC or contact the Museum and Archives.
Credit: Canada. Patent and Copyright Office / Library and Archives Canada / PA-029775.

Reminder – BCGS General Meeting – April 10, 2013 – New Meeting location

A reminder that the meeting this Wednesday has a new location:

BCGS General Meeting

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. (map)
Group topics:
DNA – which test is best for your genealogical quest?
English – Apprencticeships
For the April to June, 2013 general meetings we wll be at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.  Download a BCGS- Meeting Location Poster with a map of the Danish Church’s location.