The British Columbia Genealogical Society celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011 with a new annual book award to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia, Canada. Books chosen must be written by a British Columbia author or relate to British Columbia family history.
How to Submit A Book For This Year’s Award
To submit publications for the annual BCGS Family History Book Award, please contact Alice Marwood, Book Award Chair, at the BCGS. Books must be published in the current year and one copy of each book must be submitted to the BCGS.
BC Genealogical Society Book Award for 2015 Publications – Deadline: TBA
First – A Dempster History: From England to Canada Through India 1796-2014 by Eleanore Dempster.
Second – The Deanshaven Story: How to Float a Grand Piano and Other Necessities of Invention by Pauline Butling.
Third – My Hometown, My Furusato: Family History of Greenwood-Midway by Chuck Tasaka.
BCGS 2014 Family History Book Awards
BCGS Family HIstory Book Awards for 2012
The winners of the 2012 British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Book Awards were announced June 12, 2013 in Burnaby, BC, Canada.
BCGS Family History Book Award Press Release-November 2014
For further information, or to submit a book for future Awards, please contact Alice Marwood, the BCGS Book Award Committee Chair.
The Bravest Canadian, Fritz Peters, VC: The Making of a Hero of Two World Wars by Sam McBride (Granville Island Publishing, 2012)
One Family’s Journey: CANFOR and the Transformation of BC’s Forest Industry by Peter Bentley as told to Robin Fowler (Douglas & McIntyre, 2012).
The books submitted for this year’s BCGS Family History Book Award included (alphabetically by author’s last name):
Bentley, Peter, with Fowler, Robin—One Family’s Journey: CANFOR and the Transformation of B. C.’s Forest Industry (Vancouver, BC: Douglas and McIntyre, 2012).
MacLean, Albert Mair with Margaret Anne Hume—My Life: Adventures of an RCAF Flying Officer, Eaton’s Manager, and Family Man (Vancouver, BC: Caissie Cape Publications, 2012).
Pavlik, Janet, and Smith, Desmond, and Smith, Eileen—Echoes Across Seymour: a History of North Vancouver’s Eastern Communities Including Dollarton and Deep Cove (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd, 2012).
BCGS Family History Book Awards for 2011
Whoever Gives Us Bread The Story of the Italians in British Columbia by Lynne Bowen, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver, BC,. 2011.
Texada Tapestry: a History by Heather Harbord, Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, BC, 2011.
The BCGS Family History Book Awards for 2010:
FIRST – Bruce McIntyre Watson, Lives Lived West of the Divide: A
Biographical Dictionary of Fur Traders Working West of the Rockies, 1793-1858,
3 volumes, Centre for Social, Spatial and Economic Justice, University of
British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC. All 3 volumes are downloadable
free as a .pdf file from the Centre’s website.
SECOND – Dorothy Faulkner, Elaine Park and Cathy Jenks, with Pat Jobb, Maureen Wright and Karen Dyck, Women of Pender Harbour: Their Voices, Their History, Pender Harbour Living History Heritage Society, Madeira Park, BC.
THIRD – Nancy J. Hughes, Built by Luney Bros. Ltd.: Building a City and a Legacy Brick by Brick. Victoria, B.C., 1885-1962, Wildflower Publishing House, Victoria, BC.
Helen Piddington, Rumble Seat: A Victorian Childhood Remembered, Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, BC.
Ian Macdonald and Betty O’Keefe, Quiet Reformers: The Legacy of Early Victoria’s Bishop Edward and Mary Cridge, Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, BC.
Lynne Stonier-Newman, Peter O’Reilly: The Rise of a Reluctant Immigrant, Touchwood Editions, Victoria, BC.
Mahinder Kaur Doman Manhas, Zhindagee: Selected Stories of our first daughters, Victoria, BC.
Susan Dahlo and Alice Glanville, Schools of the Boundary: early schools in the Boundary area of British Columbia, British Columbia Genealogical Society,