BCGS Family History Book Award


Bagpipes & Haggis

First Prize – Bagpipes & Haggis: A Family Memoir by Nancy Tough McLeod. Paper Trail Publishing.

The Land On Which We Live

Second Prize – The Land On Which We Live: Life on the Cariboo Plateau: 70 Mile House to Bridge Lake by Barbara MacPherson, published by Caitlin Press.

Don’t Break The Chain

Third Prize – Don’t Break The Chain: The Nemetz Family Journey from Svatatroiske to Vancouver, written and compiled by Shirley Barnett and Philip Dayson, published by The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, in collaboration with the Ben and Esther Dayson Charitable Foundation.

Announced June 13, 2018 in Burnaby, BC.

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.

How to Submit A Book For This Year’s Award – 2018

Books to be submitted for the Family History Book Award of the BC Genealogical Society are to meet most of the following qualifications and criteria:
To be genealogical in nature, include an index, provide maps of locations, photos, generation charts or family trees, be relevant to British Columbia, or be written by a British Columbian, have some significant historical interest, etc. and be published in the current year.

One copy of each book entered must be submitted to the BC Genealogical Society.

As acting chairperson, any submissions may be mailed either to my home address: Elaine Hasek, 4758 Victory Street, Burnaby, B.C., V5J 1S2 or to the BCGS address in Richmond: P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC, CANADA, V6X 3T6

Deadline for 2018 publications: Thursday, February 28, 2018

Questions? Please contact Elaine Hasek:

The 2016 BCGS Family History Book Award winners were announced June 14, 2017 in Burnaby at the annual Award evening and Strawberry Tea.

First Prize – Tom’s Gray Creek Part II: Years of Change, 1946 to 1980 by Tom Lymbery with Frances Roback (Gray Creek Publishing, 2016). Learn more about Tom and his book in this Nelson Star article

Second Prize – Isolated Burials in the Central Okanagan with Genealogies and Local History by Susan D. Campbell and Robert Michael Hayes (Kelowna and District Genealogical Society, 2016). Read about the Kelowna Cemetery Project at the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society’s site.

Third Prize – Ootsa Lake Odyssey: George and Else Seel – A Pioneer Life on the Headwaters of the Nechako Watershed by Jay Sherwood (Caitlin Press, 2016). See more about the book at BC BookLook – review by Sage Birchwater

BC Genealogical Society Book Award for 2015

The winners of the 2015 British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Book Awards held at the regular meeting of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, June 8, 2016 were as follows:

FIRST – Corol Pallan for Footsteps to Dreams. Corol lives in Victoria, BC.

SECOND – Barbara Ann Lambert for Homesteading and Stump Ranching on the West Coast 1880 – 1930. Barbara lives in Powell River, BC.

THIRD – Judith Phillips for Our Whole Bamfield Saga: Pioneer Life on Vancouver Island’s West Coast. Judith lives in Victoria, BC.

The authors or their representative each gave a short talk about their book, certificates were presented by committee chair Alice Marwood and President Rob Whitlock The meeting broke up and strawberry cake, tea and coffee were served. Members then had a chance to talk to the authors. The book award meeting in June is a favorite of our members.

Other books submitted for consideration were:

The Royal Fjord: Memories of Jervis Inlet by Ray Phillips of Madeira Park, BC who won an award for an earlier book The Little Green Valley: The Kleindale Story.

Watershed Moments: a Pictorial History of Courtenay and District by Christine Dickinson, Deborah Grifffiths, Judy Hagen and Catherine Siba – all work at the Courtenay Museum.

Tide Rips and Back Eddies: Bill Proctor’s Tales of Blackfish Sound by Bill Proctor and Yvonne Maximuchuk of Simoon Sound, BC.

Ian McTaggart-Cowan: The Legacy of Pioneering Biologist, Educator and Conservationist by Ronald D. Jakimchuck, R Wayne Campbell and Dennis A Demarchi, all of Victoria.

BCGS Family History Book Awards for 2014 – Awarded June 2015

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 2013 Click to read more. The winning books were:

First – Evelyn Sangster Benson for A Century In A Small Town: One Family’s Stories (Westminster Publishing).

Second – Mack Bryson for A Cowboy’s Life: Memories of a Western Cowboy in an Empire of Grass (Friesen Press).

Third – Tom Lymbery for Tom’s Gray Creek, A Kootenay Lake Memoir, Part I: Early Years to 1945 (Gray Creek Publishing).

BCGS Family History Book Awards for 2012

itlesThe 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.

First Prize

The Bravest Canadian, Fritz Peters, VC: The Making of a Hero of Two World Wars by Sam McBride (Granville Island Publishing, 2012)


Honourable Mention

One Family’s Journey: CANFOR and the Transformation of BC’s Forest Industry by Peter Bentley as told to Robin Fowler (Douglas & McIntyre, 2012).

One Family's Journey - book cover

The books submitted for this year’s BCGS Family History Book Award included (alphabetically by author’s last name):

Baile, Lisa—John Clarke, Explorer of the Coast Mountains (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2012).

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).

Hawthorn, Tom—Deadlines: Obits of Memorable British Columbians (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2012).

Hope, Sharon—The English Travelers: Three Narratives (Sidney, BC: 2011).

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).

Martin, Elinor—The Kurrajong Tree: Loves and Lives of Three Women in Colonial Australia (West Vancouver, BC: Eastcot Publications, 2012).

McBride, Sam—The Bravest Canadian – Fritz Peters, VC: the Making of a Hero of Two World Wars (Vancouver, BC: Granville Island Publishing, 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).

Young, David Esson—The Uchuck Years: A West Coast Shipping Saga (Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2012).

BCGS Family History Book Awards for 2011

First Prize

The Little Green Valley - book coverThe Little Green Valley: The Kleindale Story by Ray Phillips, Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, BC, 2011.

Honourable Mention

Whoever Gives Us Bread The Story of the Italians in British Columbia by Lynne Bowen, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver, BC,. 2011.

Whoever Gives Us Bread - book cover

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,
Richmond, BC.

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