Ireland – Library Week 2016

In Tuesday’s Irish research session, we shared the names and places associated with our Irish families and discussed a number of possible strategies. Ireland is often a ‘problem area’. Collecting as much information, even faint clues, to Irish locations is vital. This sometimes means back tracking your research or re-analyzing the records you’ve found previously.

One person in the group had lots of information as a relative has done a book on her Irish family. We were envious! But in a good way, of course.

Another is searching for information on a relative who was said to have attended university in Ireland. So far no records have been found, but a new idea was to search newspapers, for instance, the Irish newspaper collection on-line at in Find My Past.

The BCGS Library has a very good Irish research collection. This includes publications from Irish societies and researchers. As well, as many publications as possible on Irish emigrants and emigration are part of the Library. And we have a dedicated Irish resource – the Irish Lending Library too. Search our Library’s catalogues to see what we have.

We had a good look at the BCGS website’s Research Links for Ireland. Don’t forget to check the links in the UK and Northern Ireland sections too. The National Archives of the UK has good research advice and records too.

Ireland Reaching Out is certainly a favourite site. You really need to know the Irish parish your family lived in, and once you post a specific post in the parish forum area, you will likely get some help.

And we will be expanding the Links for specific places in Ireland. Cork, Past and Present, for example, was highly recommended. One BCGS member found information there in the “Places” section that clinched a relationship – providing a definitive link between Ireland and Canada. Nice! Exploring this whole site is a must if your family lived in this area.

By the way, we did discover one website had moved. The new address, once found, will be added. If you find broken links on please report them to We are happy to hear from readers!


Mary Jane Moffatt and James Irwin, both born County Cavan, Ireland

BCGS General Meeting – July 13, 2016 – BC and Computer Groups meet


The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby. Meeting location – printable map and directions

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Group sessions after the meeting will be:

Canadian Interest Group: British Columbia with M. Diane Rogers

Computer Interest Group: with Peter Claydon and Eunice Robinson

Shown in the 1933 photograph above are some Vancouver Sun newspaper boys in New Westminster.

This vintage Stuart Thomson photograph has been digitally colourized by Mark Truelove of Canadian Colour. View both the original and the new version at the Canadian Colour website.

Mark is a family historian from British Columbia who wants to bring the past to life. Learn more about him in this Radio Canada International interview with Wojtek Gwiazda. Like the Canadian Colour Facebook page too to see his newest work.

Original photograph, Vancouver Sun Service Department No. 41 hut and carriers, at 12th and Nanaimo, New Westminster, BC, Canada, 1933, courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives: AM1535-: CVA 99-4378; photographer Stuart Thomson. Colourized version courtesy of Mark Truelove, Canadian Colour

Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Predecessors

Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police History and Genealogy

“What a Year 1920 Was” (RNWNP, Dominion Police, the new RCMP), RCMP Veterans’ Assn.:

Federal records, digitized microfilm – Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police, RCMP. Héritage (

North West Mounted Police – Personnel Records, 1873-1904, database, Library and Archives Canada:

Defending the Law: The North-West Mounted Police, 1873-1920,

“Without Fear, Favour or Affection”: The Men of the North West Mounted Police, archived exhibit, Library and Archives Canada:

Sir Sam Steele Collection:

RCMP Heritage Centre:

RCMP Obituary Index, RCMP Quarterly, 1933-1989, Saskatchewan Genealogical Society:

RCMP Quarterly – a BCGS volunteer is indexing articles of interest from the BCGS Library collection of RCMP Quarterly journals. This index is being published in The British Columbia Genealogist and is available in the Library. The BCGS Library is interested in filling in gaps in the collection. The Quarterly began in 1933. Since 1999, it has been the official magazine of the RCMP Veterans’ Association.

See also The Officer Down Memorial Page for officers killed in the line of duty:(Canada)

DNA Group notes – May 2016 meeting

Watch for news about sessions in July during or near BCGS Library Week, July 17-23. Contact the DNA group facilitator for more info –

Here are links to some commercial and non-profit websites mentioned at the BCGS DNA Group meeting, May 11, 2016 and a few new links of interest. And below is the list of articles that were available at the meeting. See our April DNA Group update for links to the free DNA videos from the genetic genealogy talks at WDYTYA Live 2016, sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

AncestryDNA – autosomal DNA testing – Debbie Kennett has just published an article about the changes at Ancestry at her blog, Cruwys News as has Roberta Estes at her blog, DNAeXplained.

GedMatch – a volunteer project – free – compare your DNA results to others. Accepts data from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA and WeGene.

DNALand – free. See your data as compared with reference populations; relative matching. Learn more about your DNA and share with scientists. Currently accepts data from 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, or AncestryDNA. Non-profit research project; run by academics affiliated with Columbia University and the NY Genome Center.

OpenSNP – free – volunteer project. Publish, share and learn about your DNA data for scientific and genealogical use. Currently accepting DNA data from 23andMe, deCODEme or FamilyTreeDNA. Contact them if you have another company’s test and want to participate.

Promethease – Nominal charge; offers a literature based “personal DNA report based on connecting a file of DNA genotypes to the scientific findings cited in SNPedia.” See the sample reports. Judy Russell has an article about Promethease at her blog, The Legal Genealogist. Do make time to read the comments, and the other articles she cites.

The newer books mentioned were:

Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Debbie Parker Wayne and Blaine T. Bettinger (National Genealogical Society, to be published summer 2016).

NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection by David R. Dowell (Libraries Unlimited, 2014).

Endogamy: One Family, One People by Israel Pickholtz (Colonial Roots, 2015).

Available at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library
(articles without a call # are in cataloguing – available soon)

Three Irish Lambert Immigrants to North America, genetics and genealogy, David Lambert, pp. 54-55. American Ancestors, Summer 2015.
BCGS – 974 NEA V6#31 2015

Cousins, and Overcoming the DNA Language Barrier, DNA & Genealogy, Diahan Southard, p. 31, Your Genealogy Today, March/April 2016.
BCGS – 929 FC/YGT V2#1 2016

Several articles on genetic genealogy, Lifeliner, Genealogical Society of Riverside, California, November 2015.
BCGS – 979.4 LIF V51 #1 Nov’15

Oxfordshire Surnames…DNA Project, pp. 48-53, Oxfordshire Family Historian, April 2014.
BCGS – 942.57 OFHS V28#1 Apr’14

Several articles in Archaeology section, History Scotland, January/February 2016.

Understanding Relationship Predictions Based on Shared DNA by Blaine T. Bettinger, pp. 42-45, APG Quarterly, March 2016.

What is a Haplogroup by Diahan Southard, p 26, Your Genealogy Today, Jan/Feb 2016. BCGS – 929 FC V1#6 2016

Too Few Sources to Solve a Family Mystery? Thomas W. Jones, pp. 85-103, NGS Quarterly, June 2015. *See also Editor’s Corner
BCGS – 929 NGSQ V103 #2 Jun’15

Top 10 Discoveries of 2015, Archaeology, January/February 2016.

Genetic Surprises at Age 77 by Christopher C. Child, pp. 54-59, American Ancestors, Spring 2015.
BCGS – 974 NEA V16#2 2015

An Extraordinary Victory for DNA by Israel Pickholtz, pp. 14-16, Journal of One-Name Studies, April-June 2016.