Upcoming Genealogy Programmes – January to June 2014, Cloverdale Library, BC

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Cloverdale Family HistoryCLOVERDALE LIBRARY FAMILY HISTORY PROGRAMMES

Surrey Libraries, BC

Note: Pre-registration is required for Genealogy Programs – payment
is required before registration is complete unless otherwise noted.

 To register, please call the Cloverdale Library at 604-598-7328,

drop in, or email familyhistory@surrey.ca

 Cloverdale Branch website


Ongoing: Start Searching Your Family History

A beginner’s workshop in five lessons with Brenda L. Smith

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22 and March 8

This series of five 3-hour classes, developed by writer and researcher Brenda Smith, addresses each beginning family history researcher’s need for guidance in embarking on a very personal journey.  Working with their own materials, and supporting each other, learners will discover their particular motives and set goals for their research, organize and evaluate their data, and plan the first stage of their individual programs.  Participants must be able to commit to attendance at all five sessions.

Lesson 1: Probe the Past – From the Known to the Unknown
Lesson 2: Organize – The Second Prime Directive
Lesson 3: Can You Prove That? Verify Your Findings
Lesson 4: Right Forest, Wrong Tree: Interpret Your Findings
Lesson 5: Pack Your Parachute: The Research Plan
Charge: $100 for the series


Ongoing: Start Writing Your Family History

A communications workshop in five lessons with Brenda L. Smith

Saturdays, 1:30 am – 4:30 pm: Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22 and March 8

This series of five 3-hour classes, developed by writer and researcher Brenda L. Smith, addresses the beginning family history researcher’s need to report and publish research findings. Working with their own materials, and supporting each other, learners discover how to move from the gathering of information to creating a publishable product. Learners will set goals for their research, organize and evaluate their data, and practice writing basic history research reports. Participants must be willing to commit to attending all five sessions. Participants must have email/attachment capacity and be willing to share their writing samples with classmates and share oral evaluation of each other’s work.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Start Searching your Family History or approval from the Instructor

Lesson 1: The Research Cycle
Lesson 2: Organize to Write 
Lesson 3: Get it on Paper
Lesson 4: Edit 
Lesson 5: Publish
Charge: $100 for the series

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Using Wills to Link the Generations with Peter Whitlock

Wills are an invaluable source of information for genealogists: offering clues to a person’s origin, listing their worldly possessions, and sometimes containing unexpected surprises! Join Peter Whitlock who has over 45 years of genealogy research experience to discover how researching Wills can provide links between generations and reveal family connections that may be impossible to find elsewhere.

Saturday, February 1, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Charge: $10


Finding your Scandinavian Roots with M. Diane Rogers

Join presenter M. Diane Rogers on a genealogical journey through Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. Learn resources, techniques and tools to locate your Nordic ancestors and effective ways to overcome barriers like language and name changes.

Saturday March 1, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Charge: $10


Cemeteries with Lorraine Irving

Are you having trouble locating the burial places of your ancestors? Wondering how to locate burial records? What do the symbols mean on the monuments? Cemetery etiquette? Funeral home records? Don’t overlook this part of your research. These records may provide clues you won’t find elsewhere!

Saturday April 12, 10:30 am – noon
Charge: $10


Ongoing:  Genealogy Collection Orientations
with Cloverdale Library Staff

The Cloverdale Branch of Surrey Public Library has one of the most extensive collections of Canadian genealogical materials in Western Canada. The library has a wide variety of books and microfilms covering records from the Canadian provinces and territories. To help you become familiar with the collection, the Cloverdale library offers orientations on the first Saturday of every month, from 10 am – 10:50 am

No Charge, donations welcome, but please register – dates may change over holiday weekends, and orientations may not be held in July and August

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..