Using Facebook or Twitter for Genealogy – Jan/Feb 2014

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Would you like to learn about using Facebook and Twitter in your genealogy and family history reseach?

Each will help you search for family, let others know about your genealogy interests, and alert you to new or recommended genealogy and family history resources. Have questions about posting images, chatting, sharing, privacy or about the lingo? (What’s a hashtag? a timeline, a tweet, #FF,  Surname Saturday)

Attend the upcoming sessions at the BCGS Library in the Boardroom with M. Diane Rogers.

These are limited to 15 people, so to register for these 4 sessions, contact Eunice Robinson eunice @ dccnet.com.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile devices (phones, IPads, netbooks, tablets, laptops) – WiFi is available at the library. Bring a lunch if you like; light refreshments available.

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- Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 – How to Use Facebook – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Saturday, January 25th, 2014 – How to Use Facebook – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Like the BC Genealogical Society’s Facebook page.

 

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- Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 – How to Use Twitter – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 – How to Use Twitter – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Follow the BCGS on Twitter @bcgs_ca

 

BCGS General Meeting, 13 Nov. 2013, Burnaby

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The next BCGS General Meeting will be Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 7: 30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Theme: Remembrance.

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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.

BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group Meets, 12 Nov. 2013

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Reminder:  The November Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meeting is Tuesday, 12 November, 2013 at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 7th Floor Board Breakout Room, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.  See a Google Map with directions to VPL, Central Branch here.

Skating on Lost Lagoon
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 group on Meetup.com

 

Photograph – Ice skating on Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1920s. Photographer, Philip Timms.  Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs, VPL7380.
Flickr.com.

DNA Group Update – Nov. 2013

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Genetic genealogy is an ever changing field. Yesterday’s news from the Family Tree DNA conference is an example of that, but interesting articles and updates to DNA genealogy testing services (and prices) appear regularly.

A few of the more recent articles and links -

First, the biggest news from FamilyTree DNA‘s conference this weekend is the new Y-DNA test available – the ‘Big Y DNA’ test – a full Y sequence test, replacing ‘Walk Through the Y’ testing. This will begin at $695, but previous customers are being offered a reduced price through November. Have a look at Debbie Kennett’s compilation of news about this which was posted yesterday and has links to other articles, and check the FamilyTreeDNA website which should make details public soon. ( If you are a male FamilyTreeDNA customer already, sign in and you may see more now.) If you are on Facebook, check out FamilyTree DNA’s Facebook page.

And, in case anyone thinks DNA testing for genealogy is brand new, FamilyTree DNA announced 10 year DNA Pioneer awards at the conference. More on that at Roberta Estes blog, DNAeXplained. Roberta is one of those Pioneers: http://dna-explained.com/2013/11/10/10-year-pioneers-recognized-by-family-tree-dna/

For anyone wanting to know more about autosomal DNA testing, here are links to a series of 2 recent archived podcasts with CeCe Moore and Shannon Christmas.These are archived from the ‘Research at the National Archives & Beyond’show with Bernice Bennett on BlogTalkRadio.

For those following  the identification of Richard III in England, there is an article in the most recent issue of the Society of Genealogists’ journal, Genealogists’ Magazine,  “Medieval DNA In Action: Richard III And The Family of Anne Spooner” by John Ashdown-Hill. Since there is a Canadian connection, this will be of interest to many here. Read this journal at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library [942 GM V31 #3 Sep/13, pages 91-97].

The UK Personal Genome Project  is underway.  Read more about this project and its implications in this BBC article, “Massive DNA volunteer hunt begins” by James Gallagher, posted 6 November, 2013: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24834375

Hoping to find your Irish ancestors and family connections with DNA? See the on-line articles and videos from last month’s Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference in Dublin.

The National Geographic’s Genographic Project has dropped the price for its ancient DNA Geno 2.0 testing for a limited time to $159.95: https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/

DNA News Update posted by M. Diane Rogers, British Columbia Genealogical Society DNA Group facilitator. Comments and news on genetic genealogy and DNA happenings are  welcome here. Watch for information soon on upcoming BCGS DNA Group meetings for 2014.

Upcoming BCGS General Meetings – 2013

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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

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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.