Genealogy Workshops, Langley Museum, Jan-Mar 2014

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Brenda L. Smith will be presenting three genealogy workshops at the Langley Centennial Museum.

See the Museum workshops poster here

The 3 sessions are:

Casting the Net – effective search techniques, January 22, 6:30-8:30 pm

Can You Prove That – standards of proof for family history research, February 15, 2-4 pm

Creating Closure – how information about the end of a life can help guide your research, March 9, 2-4 pm.

See the Langley Centennial Museum genealogy session poster above. To register or for more information, call 604 532 3536.

BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group Meets Jan. 14th, 2014

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The next BCGS Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group meeting is Tuesday, 14 January, 2014.

Grace Hospital Opening, 1927

Time: 1 pm

Location: 7th Floor Board Breakout Room at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia in Vancouver.

This photograph shows the opening of the Salvation Army’s Grace Hospital in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1927. Photographer, W. J. Moore. City of Vancouver Archives AM54-S4-: Bu N248.

Perhaps we’ll talk about our New Year’s Genealogy Resolutions? Two of us are part of the 52 Ancestors Challenge this year – to blog about 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks. You might like to take a look at some of the Week 1 articles:

Anyone interested is welcome to attend. We discuss genealogy questions and news and help each other with our family history research.

For more about us, see the Vancouver Genealogy Meetup pages:

BCGS English Group – Pre-1837 Presentation Handout

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The handout for tonight’s English Group presentation on Pre-1837 English Records by Rob Whitlock is now posted on the BCGS website.

Other information and websites mentioned will be posted here later. See also the BCGS website’s genealogy Research Links section for links to additional information relevant to pre-1837 Great Britain and Ireland, England and Wales, and also Medieval topics.

Additional websites mentioned:

WiganWorld, for Court Leet Rolls [] and much more for Wigan genealogy (in Greater Manchester, Lancashire):

New at Ancestry, England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858:  Sources for these are given as:

“ England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury: Wills of Selected Famous Persons.  Digitized images. Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 1. The National Archives, Kew, England.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury and Related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers. Digitized images. Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11. The National Archives, Kew, England.”

List of English Everyname Probate Indexes, FamilySearch:

The Domesday Book Online

This is the BCGS Library list of the selection of books for pre-1837 English genealogy which were displayed at the meeting. There are many more publications and resources at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library for pre-1837 English genealogy research.

The books listed below by Penelope Christensen are all available through the BCGS Boutique. They are highly recommended and are from the English genealogy series published by Heritage Productions. Check the BCGS Boutique’s Heritage Books catalogue (.pdf) for these and other titles. To contact the BCGS Boutique, call or e-mail Cathy Magee: 604-521-4966 or cathyjm @


912’942 HIN – Maps For Historians, Hindle, Paul Phillimore & Company Limited, 1998.
929 HP No H 04 – Finding Your English and Welsh Ancestors …Including Isle of Man and Channel Islands, CHRISTENSEN, Penelope, Dr. Heritage Productions, 1997.
929 HP No HE 06 – Researching English Probate Records, CHRISTENSEN, Penelope, Dr. Heritage Productions, 2001.
929 HP No HE 14 – Researching English Contemporary Documents…, CHRISTENSEN, Penelope, Dr. Heritage Productions, 2004.
929 HP No HE 17 - Researching English Taxes, Rates & Duties, CHRISTENSEN, Penelope, Dr. Heritage Productions, 2007.
929’942 FRA – Some Medieval Records for Family Historians. An Introduction in the Purposes, Contents and Interpretation of Pre-1538 Records available in Print, FRANKLIN, Peter, Federation of Family History Societies, 1994.
942 KAI – Tithe Surveys for Historians, KAIN, Roger J.P. and PRINCE, Hugh C., Phillimore & Co. Ltd., 2000.
942 MCL – The Bawdy Courts: Our Rude Forefathers and the Church, MCLAUGHLIN, Eve,  2011.
942 MOO – Family Feudes: An Introduction to Chancery Proceedings, MOORE, Susan Federation of Family History Societies, 2003.
942 SMI ATLAS – The Phillimore Atlas & Index of Parish Registers, HUMPHERY-SMITH, Cecil R. Phillimore & Co. Ltd., 2003.
942 TAT – The Parish Chest. A study of the records of parochial administration in England. TATE, W.E., Phillimore & Company Limited, 1983.
942 TNA – Wills & Probate Records: a guide for family historians, GRANNUM, Karen and TAYLOR, Nigel, The National Archives, 2009.
942 WES – Village Records, WEST, John, Phillimore & Company Limited, 1982.
942.1 BER – Taverns and Tokens of Pepys’, London, by BERRY, George, Seaby Publications Limited, 1978.
942.1 WEB V29 – London Livery Company Apprenticeship Registers, Volume 29, Carmens’ Company 1668, 1678-1800, WEBB, Cliff, Society of Genealogists, 2000.
942.21 LAW - Extracts From The Court Rolls of The Manor of Wimbledon, Extending From  Edward IV to A.D. 1864, LAWRENCE, P. H., Wimbledon Common Committee, 1866.
942.23 BRS v2 c2 – Kent Hearth Tax Assessment Lady Day 1664, HARRINGTON, Duncan; and PEARSON, Sarah; and ROSE, Susan, British Record Society & Kent Archaeological Society, 2000.
942.25 HUN – Sussex Coroners’ Inquests 1485 – 1558, HUNNISETT, R. F., Sussex Record Society, 1985.
942.33 FOR – Dorset Manorial Court Documents: a Guide for Local and Family Historians, FORREST, Mark, Dorset Record Society, 2011.
942.39 RAL – St. Mark’s The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, Bristol (Formerly The Chapel of The Gaunt’s Hospital), RALPH, Elizabeth and EVANS, Henley, Corporation of Bristol, 1971.
942.47 MET – The Visitation of The County of Worcester, 1682 – 83,  METCALFE, Walter C. and POLLARD William, 1883.
942.48 BRS – Warwickshire Hearth Tax Returns: Michaelmas 1670 with Coventry Lady Day 1666, ARKELL, Tom and ALCOCK, Nat; editors, British Record Society and The Dugdale Society, 2010.
942.59 DYM – The Churchwardens’ Book of Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire 1496-c1540, DYMOND, David; editor, Cambridgeshire Records Society, 2004.
942.59 KIM – A Cambridgeshire Gaol Delivery Roll 1332-1334, KIMBALL, Elisabeth G; Editor, Cambridge Antiquarian Records Society, 1979.
942.64 SFK 1710 – The Suffolk Poll Book, 1710, BACON, Stephen and HARRINGTON, George S. A. & RAYMOND M. J., Genealogical Bibliographers, c1995.
942.74 MUR DIR – A Directory of York Goldsmiths, Silversmiths and Associated Craftsmen, MURRAY, Hugh; Compiler, Sessions Book Trust, 1998.
942’929 HAW – Criminal Ancestors – a Guide to Historical Criminal Records in England and Wales, HAWKINGS, David, T. Sutton Publishing, 1996.
942’929 PRO – Using Criminal Records, PALEY, Ruth, Public Record Office, 2001.
942’929.1 – How to Locate and Use Manorial Records, PALGRAVE-MOORE, Patrick, Elvery Dowers Publications, 1985.

Magazines and Journals:
Family Tree Magazine, “Burial Registers by Pauline Litton, June 2000 Vol 16 #8.
Your Family History, “Medieval Records” January 2011 Issue 98.
Your Family History, “Find Old Manor Records Online” March 2005 Issue 22.
Family History, “Petty Session Records” October 2010 Issue 188.
Your Family History, “Secret Censuses” February 2010 Issue 86.
Your Family History, “UK Parish Registers” June 2005 Issue 25.
Your Family History, “Did My Ancestor Meet Oliver Cromwell” October 2005 Issue 29.
Your Family History, Medieval “Inquisitions post mortem” July 2013 Issue 131.
Family History Monthly, “Art of palaeography” June 2008 Issue 157.
The National Trust Magazine, “Slavery” Spring 2007.
Your Family History, “Secret Census Records” September 2005 Issue 28.
Your Family History, “Death Records” June 2009 Issue 78.
Family History Monthly, “Parliamentary Archives” November 2009 Issue 175.
Family History News and Digest, “Manorial Documents Register” September 2005 Issue 28.
Family History News and Digest, “British Divorce” September 2006.
The Genealogists’ Magazine, “Eleanor, Ellen or Frances…” December 2012 Vol 30 #12.
The Genealogists’ Magazine, “Samuel Rishworth of Providence Island” September 2012 Vol 30 #11.

Genealogy Webinars, January 2014

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No excuses for not getting going on genealogy right away this ‘New Year’ month – whether you’re a beginner or an experienced researcher, there are many on-line learning opportunities coming up. Here are just a few webinars. ( All are BCGS Editor recommended by the way.) If you know of other worthwhile sessions coming up, please add information and a link to this post’s comments.

  • Legacy Family Tree‘s webinars this month are:

                – Are You a GOON? What is a One-Name Study and Why Do One?  by Kirsty Gray. – January 8, 2014, 2:00pm Eastern – More Details & Registration

               – Too Many with the Same Name by Karen Clifford - January 15, 2014, 2:00pm  Eastern – More Details & Registration

  • This Friday, January 10th, Michael John Neill is offering 3 webinars geared to various levels, “Jump Start Your Genealogy”.  See his Search Tip of the Day site for details and registration.

               – Sourcing – 11 AM Central

               – Correlation and Analysis – 1 PM Central

               – There is No Preponderance of the Information - 3 PM Central

  • And, last but never least, Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee are offering an all day Get Your Genealogy Groove Back Boot Camp on Saturday, January 25th. Full details are at the Hack Genealogy website.


BCGS January 8, 2014 General Meeting Reminder

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Harry Stokes' Chicken RanchThe next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 8 January 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The group sessions after the general meeting will be:

Genealogy 101 – Starting or Jump Starting Your Research
English – Pre-1837 Records

The photograph above shows a group at Harry Stokes’ chicken ranch in the Fraser Valley. The photo was apparently published in the 1928 report “Land Settlement: Across Canada with Lord Lovat; Inspection of Farms of New Citizens Brought to Canada Under the British Family Settlement Scheme” (according to Google Books which gives the author as Canada. Land Settlement Branch, Department of Immigration and Colonization, 1928. The National Archives of the UK lists a copy under Records of the Colonial Office, etc. Not digitized.). Photo courtesy of The National Archives (TNA) , Colonial Office photographic collection – CO 1069-289-15. This photo is posted on the TNA’s Flickr set ‘Lord Lovat’s 1928 Tour’ and the TNA encourages their visitors on Flickr to “use the comments section below the pictures to share any information you have about the people, places or events shown” so if you know more about Harry Stokes and his family or the farm, please let TNA (and BCGS) know. Lord Lovat was a British Under-Secretary of State for the Dominions and his 1928 tour was covered in newspapers in Canada and other British countries.