BCGS May 2014 Seminar – with Audrey Collins & Geoff Doherty


Geoff Doherty

Presenting the British Columbia Genealogical Society’s May 31, 2014 all day seminar with  speakers from England and Australia:  Audrey Collins from England and Geoff and Marg Doherty from Australia.


Location: South Arm United Church – 11051 No. 3 Road (corner of No. 3 Road & Steveston Highway), Richmond, BC. (Map below)

Time: Doors open at 10:00 am.  Seminar 10:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Displays of several genealogy computer programmes – Legacy, Family Tree Maker and Reunion with lots of tips on how to use them.

Door prizes, including a subscription to Find My Past, and two $50. White Spot restaurant certificates.


  • The National Archives of the UK – Audrey Collins. Researching English and Welsh records from a distance, including those records for Scotland and Ireland held at the National Archives
  • The London Gazette – Audrey Collins. What is the value of this resource, and how to access from a distance.
  • Finding Your Australian Cousins –Geoff Doherty. A Guide to Online Sources that can assist. Not all your ancestor’s brothers and sisters came to Canada and the USA with them. Some went to places like Australia maybe because they wanted to, but many came unwillingly, but with a free ticket from the Government, as Convicts. However they got to Australia, they mostly all stayed, because it is a hard place to get to anywhere else from, and had many descendants. This talk will highlight online Australian sources at both National and State level that can help you find your missing ‘Cousins’.

Audrey Collins from London, England, has been a Family History Records Specialist at The National Archives United Kingdom (TNA) since 2002.  She’s Scottish and has been researching her own family for 20 years, but she’s an expert at English genealogy research – and she’s an engaging speaker.  Have a look at The Family Recorder, Audrey Collin’s own website:

Geoff and Marg Doherty are from Brisbane, Australia. Geoff is a retired, mature-age student, who ‘found’ family history when he married Margaret 20 years ago. She also found the flyer that began his university studies, which are now progressing towards completing a PhD. So blame her. Geoff is a member of the Australian Historical Association, the Professional Historians Association Queensland and the Genealogical Society of Queensland. As a social historian he is interested not just in the significant dates attached to a person’s life, but the whys and wherefores that made them take the actions and decisions they did. His interests mainly centre on Military, Family and Convict social history.

Seminar Registration: Early Bird Prices until April 30, 2014 – Tickets $45.00 for BCGS & Affiliate Society members; $55.00 for non-members. Refreshments and lunch included. Download the revised BCGS Seminar 2014 brochure. (.pdf)

After May 1st, the prices increase to $55.00 for BCGS & Affiliate Society Members and to $65.00 for non-members.

If you are not a BCGS member and would like to join and be eligible for the members’ Seminar ticket discount, see the BCGS Membership page. (Pay by PayPal, mail or at meetings or events.)

To register, please contact Susan Snalam at 604-273-8209, email OR Eunice Robinson at 604-596-2811, email and then send your cheque, made out to the BCGS at PO Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC V6X 3T6 or at BCGS meetings. We will also accept payment by Visa, and by PayPal here on the BCGS website.

Pay by PayPal – Early Bird tickets – choose $45. BCGS members and affiliate group members or $55 – non-members.

Early Bird Registration Only

Google Map – South Arm United Church, 11051 No. 3 Road (corner of No. 3 Road & Steveston Highway), Richmond, BC.

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