BCGS Research Tip – August 2014

This month’s British Columbia Genealogical Society’s research tip is: Document and Share Your Family Treasures!

One of our BC Genealogical Society members just pointed out an article in the latest Legion Magazine, “The Museum of the Attic: presenting the winners of Legion Magazine’s Historymakers’ Contest” (July/August 2014, pp. 32-36).  Readers were asked to submit miltary artifacts and then the entries’ significance to Canadian history was judged by Canadian War Museum staff.

It is indeed amazing how much is hidden away in attics and storage sheds, or even, in some cases, held in family documents or memories. One of the winning entries, a War of 1812 British Military General Service medal, was given to Alexander Clark, a First Nations scout interpreter involved in several battles during that war. It is sad to read that what was judged missing with his medal now is any “family history or provenance”.

Your family’s artifacts may well have value beyond the family, and deserve to be documented and photographed so that their history and significance is preserved for family members and the community, and perhaps the nation or beyond. Even if an family artifact has already been disposed of or lost, you can preserve its memory in a story or scrapbook.

Then share this information – at an event, in a society or family newsletter, or on-line.

These photographs are from Cloverdale Library’s 2013 annual Show and Tell where family artifacts and stories are displayed and celebrated.

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About DRogers

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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