There’s a lot going on in genealogy right now –
This weekend, see the BCGS at the European Festival in Burnaby at Swanguard Stadium, both Saturday and Sunday. Great food and entertainment – fun for all.
And Monday night, May 27th, 2013 at 7 pm right here at the BC Genealogical Society website, there will be an on-line chat with the BC Genealogical Society’s Editor, M. Diane Rogers. Do you have a question about the BC Pioneer or the BC War Memorial projects, or about British Columbia research in general, or maybe how you can submit an article to the BCGS journal or website? Do join her. This is an experiment in offering more communication choices for BCGS members and friends, so don’t be shy.
Next month there’s a genealogy summer camp here in the Lower Mainland – the Family Historian Summer Camp in North Vancouver with Brenda L. Smith, Monday June 10 to Friday, June 14, 2013, 1:00pm – 3:00 pm daily. This is a Capilano University Continuing Studies course. For details and registrations, call 604 984 4901 or see the website.
This weekend is Memorial Day weekend in the USA and both Ancestry.com and FindMyPast have free offers.
FindMyPast has free military record searches from May 24-27. FindMyPast has added many international records lately. Here’s a recent FindMyPast list for new UK, US and Australia and New Zealand additions.And just in the last two weeks, UK Royal Naval Volunteer reserve records covering 1914-1920 and English parish records for Northumberland, Durham, Ryedale, Sheffield, Wiltshire and Suffolk (1538-2009) have been added to FindMyPast.
Ancestry.com is offering free access to draft, enlistment and service records to May 27. And Fold3 now has the complete compiled military service records of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) – free through May 31st.
And the US (NGS) National Genealogical Society’s conference was this month and the Ancestry Insider has notes for one NGS session where the question was: “If you could see Ancestry.com or FamilySearch fix just one thing during the next year, what would it be?” Lots of comments there already! In the latest issue of the BCGS Editor’s second favourite genealogy newsletter, the LostCousins Newsletter, Peter Calver has information about one UK collection that Ancestry has corrected lately. And FamilySearch has new records but also a whole new look and new opportunities to add your family tree and photos to the site. (Also a very cool FamilySearch fan chart. Now printable.) What would you like to see at both these genealogy sites in the future?