United States research – Library Week 2016

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Early USA genealogy books, including “The Great Migration” series.

The United States combined handout by Judith Ueland is available here. (.pdf)

The United States book display today illustrated the variety of books and journals available at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library. Many visitors are surprised how much there is for the USA.

Some areas, like New England, are particularly well covered as are topics like immigration, land records, and certain populations, for instance, Palatines and Swedes.

One visitor just said she will “camp out” in the New England aisle on her next all day visit. Do check the BCGS Library catalogues to see what is here for your areas of interest.

Did you know? – if you are a BCGS member most of our books can be borrowed by mail. Contact the BCGS Library by e-mail via bcgs@bcgs.ca or call 604 502 9119 to arrange loans.

The Library subscribes to both Ancestry Library Edition and American Ancestors on-line databases which are strong for US records. And the Library also holds journals and newsletters for both the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the National Genealogical Society. These are both filled with great US research articles.

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North Dakota books, BCGS Library

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 bcgs.ca please report them to webmaster@bcgs.ca We are happy to hear from readers!

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

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

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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.: http://www.rcmpveteransvancouver.com/what-a-year-1920-was-for-the-force/

Federal records, digitized microfilm – Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police, RCMP. Héritage (Canadiana.org): http://heritage.canadiana.ca/

North West Mounted Police – Personnel Records, 1873-1904, database, Library and Archives Canada: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/nwmp-personnel-records/pages/north-west-mounted-police.aspx

Defending the Law: The North-West Mounted Police, 1873-1920, HistoricPlaces.ca: http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/pages/45_rcmp_grc.aspx

“Without Fear, Favour or Affection”: The Men of the North West Mounted Police, archived exhibit, Library and Archives Canada: https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/nwmp-pcno/index-e.html

Sir Sam Steele Collection: http://steele.library.ualberta.ca/explore

RCMP Heritage Centre: http://www.rcmpheritagecentre.com/home/exhibits

RCMP Obituary Index, RCMP Quarterly, 1933-1989, Saskatchewan Genealogical Society: http://saskgenealogy.com/databases/public_databases/RCMP_Obituary_Index.pdf

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) http://canada.odmp.org/