BCGS Family History Book Award

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.

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.

Others 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 pf Pioneering Biologist, Educator and Conservationist by Ronald D. Jakimchuck, R Wayne Campbell and Dennis A Demarchi, all of Victoria.

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 2016 Publications – Deadline: TBA

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

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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