Brickwall Panel Discussion Notes – March 11, 2013

These are a few of the websites mentioned and some suggestions for topics discussed at the BCGS – VPL Brickwall Panel Discussion, March 11, 2013 in Vancouver. If you are looking for information on anything discussed that’s not here, don’t hesitate to contact the BCGS webmaster:

See also the BCGS Research Links pages for many topics and geographic areas: These pages are often updated and new topics added. Send any suggestions for additional sites to the BCGS webmaster:

Vancouver Public Library – see the list of suggested books – ‘Brickwall Help – Genealogy and Family History’:

BCGS Library:

BCGS Boutique, lists of the Heritage Book Series books mentioned:

And for any of these topics or ideas, check for more on-line sites and articles.


Creating Timelines to Make Sense of Genealogy Records by bethfoulk at Genealogy DeCoded:

Using Timelines in Your Research by Donna Przecha:

Evidentia software:   See also Too Many Birth Dates – A Trial of Evidentia Software at Brenner Genealogy

Cluster Genealogy, (sometimes called whole family genealogy), Shoestring Genealogy:

The F.A.N. Genealogy principle – researching Friends-Associates-Neighbours, or location-based genealogy- videos by Bernie Gracy – see these at Breaking Down Brick Walls with Location Based Genealogy at Find Your Folks by Drusilla Pair:

Reverse Genealogy, Trace Your Family Forward, Family Tree Magazine:
Twenty Ways to Avoid Grief When Researching” by Margaret M. Sharon, BCGS website:


Evidence Explained, Elizabeth Shown Mills:

UK and Ireland Genealogy

Genuki, UK and Ireland reference site, gazetteeer, find local records offices, etc.:

English Research

Wills and Probate – Further Research guide, National Archives of the UK:

England Probate Records, FamilySearch Wiki:

Free BMD:

Online Parish Clerks:

See also the BCGS ‘England and Wales’ and ‘Great Britain’ Research Links pages:


Ireland Reaching Out:

ERIN, The Emigration Resources Information Network: the Irish Migration Gateway: This is a joint project of the The Centre for Migration Studies (CMS) at the Ulster-American Folk Park, Co. Tyrone, and the Irish Centre for Migration Studies (ICMS) at University College Cork.


Family History, Mitchell Library:

Resources for Family History, Mitchell Library:

See also the Mitchell Library’s virtual tour of old Glasgow:

The surnames of Scotland: their origin, meaning and history by George Fraser Black. New York Public Library, 1946.

The Collins Scottish Clan Encyclopedia by George Way, HarperCollins, 1994.

No Quarter Given: The Muster Roll of Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s Army, 1745-46 by Christian Aikman, Neil Wilson Publishing Ltd, Jan 1, 2012.

Photographs of the old closes and streets of Glasgow, 1868/1877: with a supplement of 15 related views by Thomas Annan, Dover Publications, 1977.

ScotlandsPeople, census, parish and civil registration records, wills, etc.:

Canada – see also North American Immigration Centres below

War Service Recognition Books, BC Yukon Comand, Royal Canadian Legion, See the books and submit your own family’s military members, submission deadline June 30th, 2013:

Automated Genealogy, free index and access to these Canadian censuses: 1851/52, 1901, 1911; also the 1906 Prairie Province census:

See these links to search or apply for Canadian naturalization records:

See this link to apply for the 1940 Canadian National Registration information:

Manitoba –, newspapers and much more:

North American Immigration Centres

Ellis Island, USA, from 1892:

Castle Garden, USA, database 1820-1892. Castle Garden operated 1855-1892:

Immigrants at Grosse-Île, Canada,  database:

In Quarantine: Life and Death on Grosse Île, 1832-1937, Canada:

Canada, see Library and Archives Canada for all Immigration and citizenship Resources, including passenger lists:

See also “Selected Census and Immigration Sources – Canada” by M. Diane Rogers (2011) .pdf file: 

Local Genealogical Societies – start with these groups

England and Wales, Federation of Family History Societies:

Scottish Association of Family History Societies:

USA, Federation of Genealogical Societies;

Canada, Canadian Provincial Genealogical Societies and their journals:

British Columbia Local Genealogical and Historical Groups:


Rootsweb, for message boards and e-mail lists: (or

Find A Grave:

How to register for a free FamilySearch account:


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M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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