BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group Meeting, Oct. 8, 2013, 1pm, VPL Central Branch

Reminder:  This month the Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meeting is Tuesday, 8 October, 2013 in the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 7th Floor Board Breakout Room, 350 West Georgia Street, V6B 6B1.

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

Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library concourse ceiling, 2009 photograph by Daniela Silva, danielabsilva on; (Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

Reminder: BCGS Genealogy 101 classes – Fall 2013, Surrey BC

Genealogy 101 Sessions to be held at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC, Sept. – Oct. 2013

Genealogy 101 – Civil Registration session with Lorraine Irving
When: Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
Location: BCGS Walter Draycott Library
Where: 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

Genealogy 101 – Organizing Your Genealogy session with Eunice Robinson
When: Thursday, Oct 17, 2013
Location: To be held at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library
Where: 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

$10. each class; 10:30-12:30 pm. Contact the BCGS Education Chair, Eunice Robinson, for details. Call 604-596-2811 or

Originally published 16 August, 2013


DNA Research – Genographic Project Chat – Sept. 13, 2013

Watch a live chat about the National Geographic Project with Dr. Spencer Wells here, Friday, 13 Sept. 2013 – 9 am in most of BC – 9 am PDT.

National Geographic is offering anyone interested in ancient genetics a chance to ask questions directly to The Genographic Project and its leader, Dr. Spencer Wells, in a live Twitter chat on September 13 at 12pm ET.

Dr. Wells will be tweeting from his own twitter handle @spwells and participants may ask questions using the hashtag #NatGeoLive

For those not on Twitter, BCGS will show the chat feed here at on the right side of the BCGS home page.  For more information about the chat and the National Genographic, see the National Geographic website.

Reminder – BCGS General Meeting, Sept. 11, 2013 in Burnaby

West End School class 1897 Vancouver BCThe next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 11 September, 2013, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Group Sessions after the general meeting will be:

Scottish Group -with George Caldwell

Computer Group -What comes now after PAF, or not? Join us for a discussion on genealogy software choices.

See a printable map of the Danish Church area with directions here.

The photograph above shows an 1897 school class in front of the West End School at the corner of Burrard Street and Barclay Streets in Vancouver, BC.

The people were identified as principal Robert Fraser and students: Robert Gilmour, T.S. Dixon, Walter B. Ellis, William Stark, Robert Arnett, Pennie Gibb, Maud Curry, Jennie Anstie, Percy Barnett, Arthur Lett, Ernest Dickie, George Wilson, Gordon Harris, Ponsford, Claude Thieke, Bessie Menzies, Elsie Knowles, Maud Munro (Mrs. Robert Telford), Margartet Muir, , Edith Godfrey, Olive Preston, Elsie Curry, Margaret Muir, Edith Godfrey, Olive Preston, Elsie Curry, Ethel Burns, Fanny McQueen, Helen Peck, Pearl Musgrove, Maggie Knowles, Elsie Carr, Hattie Mackay, Edna Cook and others.  William Stark, one of these students, donated the photograph to the City Archives in 1939.

Photograph courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives, AM54-S4-: Sch P37.

According to the Brief History of Schools in Vancouver by Val Hamilton, West End School operated from 1897 to 1907 and was also called Old Burrard Street School and Dawson Primary. It was replaced by Aberdeen.

BCGS Salt Lake City Trip – Oct 27 – Nov 3, 2013

Attention Salt Lake Trekkers

Once again, our genealogical thoughts are thinking about winging their way to Salt Lake City for the week of 27 October to 03 November, 2013. As usual, we are planning to stay at the Carlton Hotel. We are also looking into the most economical airfares.

Right now we are putting out the word. If you plan to join us, then please let us know by the end of July. In the meantime, we’ll investigate flight costs and update you accordingly. See the main Salt Lake City – Annual BCGS Research Trips page and e-mail the organizers at:

For those of you who have never joined us before, the Carlton Hotel provides free pickup to and from the Airport; free pickup to and from the Family History Library; free FULL breakfast; free coffee, free Wifi. It is 3 1/2 Salt Lake City blocks from the Family History Library. They are very accommodating.

Carlton Hotel
140 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Telephone – 1-800-355-3418

Hotel rates for the trip:
One room w one(1) person $365.00 USD
One room w two (2) people $425.00 USD
One room w three (3) people $485.00 USD