Upcoming BCGS General Meetings – 2013

Upcoming  BC Genealogical Society General Meetings, November-December 2013

November – Burnaby— Wednesday, November 13, 2013 

remember Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Where: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Topic: Remembrance. Members may present their military related stories or bring displays. Contact Eunice Robinson to reserve.

This meeting will be the last day to enter the Most Improved Genealogist contest. BCGS members should contact Eunice Robinson by e-mail, telephone or at the meeting about submissions.

December – Burnaby— Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – BCGS Christmas Social

MC900436341Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Where: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.


Seasonal refreshments, members’ displays 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..

All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver BC – Cemetery Tour Oct 27, 2013

All Souls’ Events at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, BC begin.

Opening – Saturday, October 26, 6-10 pm. Free. Donations welcome.
Address: 5455 Fraser Street.

All Souls: Historic walk of the cemetery with Lorraine Irving

  • 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday, October 27 2013
  • Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser Street. Meet at the Celebration Hall.
  • Free. Donations welcome.

For details on all the All Souls events, see the Mountain View Cemetery website or the City of Vancouver’s event calendar.

Cloverdale Library events – Family History: A Kitchen Table Approach, Nov. 2, 2013

Two upcoming genealogy events in Cloverdale (Surrey), BC.

For full details on these and other Cloverdale programmes, see the Cloverdale Branch Library’s Family History Programs page.

Family History: a Kitchen Table Approach. Surrey Museum (next to Cloverdale Library).

A kitchen table

Saturday, November 2,  1 to 3 pm. Surrey Museum, 17710-56A Avenue, Surrey.

Registration required. Early next week will determine if there are enough sign-ups to proceed, so if you want to attend, please sign up. And let others know about this event too.

The afternoon will start off with a reception with yummy sandwiches plus coffee, tea, juice.

Then staff from the Library, City of Surrey Archives, and the Museum will each do a presentation in very cosy 40+ seat capacity auditorium in the Museum. Museum speaker Sandra Borger is an expert on family interview techniques.

The idea of the program is to think past the electronic resources (as important as they are) to discover the resources and people that are close at hand to family history researchers.

$15 including the delicious food. To register use WebReg https://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/1698.aspx or call or visit the Museum 604-592-6956 and quote this number #4336610. Or call 604-501-5100 and quote that number. Or visit any City of Surrey recreation centre to register in person.

And don’t forget about Cloverdale Library’s next event too.

The Family History Show & Tell. Cloverdale Library.

A website and a family quilt

Sat., Nov. 30, 10:30am – 12:30pm. Cloverdale Library, 5642 – 176A Street, Surrey.
No charge, but donations welcome! Pre-registration required.

Bring in creations or artifacts belonging to an ancestor – anything that tells a story. There have been family quilts, scrapbooks, storyboards, an artificial limb, digital collages and much more.

You are welcome to share by describing what you have brought or you may simply have a table and showcase your items. A laptop and a projector will be available to demonstrate  family history websites or digital collections. Participants will be strictly limited to a maximum of ten minutes talk time.

Visitors without stories are welcome. You might discover a great Christmas gift idea, or simply be inspired! Light refreshments provided.

This program is free, but requires pre-registration and will be held at the Cloverdale Library. To register please visit the Cloverdale Library, or call 604-598-7327, or email familyhistory@surrey.ca.

October genealogy events – Reminder – Surrey, Vancouver

Reminder of the upcoming genealogy events for October 2013

Genealogy 101 – Organizing Your Genealogy session with Eunice Robinson, BCGS Walter Draycott Library, Thursday, Oct 17, 2013. 10 am-12:30 pm.

Heidi Sugden speaking on European Research, BCGS Walter Draycott Library, Friday, 18 October, 7-8:30 pm. Free to BCGS members.

The annual all day free Finding Your Roots Seminar – Saturday, 19 October 2013. Visit for the BCGS Boutique, and BCGS book sales and displays.

Cemetery Research for Family History – Monday, 21 October 2013, 2-3:30 pm, Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, sponsored by the BC Genealogical Society and the Vancouver Public Library. Free.

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Reminder – Heidi G. Sugden, AG, speaking in Surrey, October 2013

Heidi G. Sugden, AG, will be speaking on European sources and new material available to researchers about European countries not covered in her sessions HeidiSugdenat the Finding Your Roots seminar the following day.  There will be time for questions too. Friday night, October 18, from 7-8:30 pm at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC. Space is limited to 20 people; register now with Lorraine Irving at lorraine.irving42@gmail.com

Heidi Sugden, AG, accredited through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen), is a research consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City where she’s worked since 1998. She is an instructor in the Genealogical Society of Utah’s course, ‘Germany: Advanced Tools and Methods’. She co-authored the chapter on “Paleography: Abstracting, Transcribing, Translating” with Ruth Ellen Maness, AG, published in the 2012 book, Becoming an Excellent Genealogist: Essays on Professional Research Skills.  She will be speaking on France, Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the Finding Your Roots Seminar, Saturday, October 19, 2013.

See her Beginning Research in France, 2 part video/slide presentation at FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/beginning-research-in-france-part-1-of-2/560

And her list of “Great French websites”, with a vocabulary list, FamilySearch: http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Community/en/FamilySearch/FHL%20Exports/Heidi%20G.%20Sugden/Great%20French%20Websites%20Handout.pdf

Reminder: Bruce McIntyre Watson to speak – BCGS General Meeting, Oct 9, 2013, Burnaby, BC

Speaker Bruce Mcintyre Watson on ‘Children from early native and non-native relationships from the Pacific Coast to the Rockies: How does a genealogist trace anything through this maze?’

October 9, 2013 – 7:30 pm, BCGS General Meeting, Burnaby, BC

Downstairs Hall at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.



Speaker: Bruce McIntyre Watson





Vancouver historian Bruce McIntyre Watson will look at the history of children from early native and non-native relationships throughout the Pacific Northwest and the tough job that a genealogist has in trying to trace ancestors back to that period. First, he will look at the possible descendants of one or more Spanish wrecks along the Oregon coast, and moving up the coast from the mouth of the Columbia River to Yakutat, Alaska, will briefly look at hubs of activity and interaction. In the second part, he will look at the posts west of the Rockies and examine how they enabled families to develop. Third and throughout the talk, he will look at possible sources to extract genealogical information from the late 1600s to 1838.

Bruce M. Watson co-authored with Jean Barman, Leaving Paradise: Indigenous Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest, 1787-1898, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006 and is the author of Lives Lived West of the Divide: A Biographical Dictionary of Fur Traders working West of the Rockies, 1793-1858, Kelowna: Centre For Social, Spatial and Economic Justice, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, 2010.

Bruce Watson’s 3 volume set, Lives Lived West of the Divide, won First Prize in the BCGS Family History Book Award competition in 2010.  The volumes are available in both paper (3 volumes) and digital (.pdf – free) formats at Lulu.com. He is currently working on a similar manuscript focussing on the people of the maritime fur trade.