Tickets available for BCGS Seminar 2017! Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors

Tickets are available for our 2017 Seminar, June 9-11 in Metro Vancouver, featuring these engaging and experienced genealogy speakers at British Columbia`s largest Seminar this season.

Dave Obee
Claire Smith-Burns
Mary Read
Zenia Stanford
Susanne Sulzberger

Whether you are just beginning your family tree, researching your Canadian families, thinking about adding DNA to your family history tools, or looking beyond Canadian sources for records from overseas, you will find family history answers at our Canada 150 Seminar – Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors.

All the Seminar details are on our Canada 150 Seminar page, including speakers biographies, topics, locations, as well as Saturday`s schedule and registration and payment information.

Come for the full 3 days or for Saturday only. Invite a friend or family member to attend too.

For registration, contact Susan Snalam now at domers273@gmail.com or 604 273 8209.

Register with cash, cheque, or Visa by contacting Susan or click to pay with PayPal on the BCGS Canada 150 Seminar page. Tickets will also be available at BCGS meetings.

Meet our Speakers – Claire Smith-Burns – BCGS Seminar, June 9-11, 2017

Claire Smith-Burns to speak at the BC Genealogical Society’s 2017 Seminar, June 9-11, 2017 in Coquitlam

Claire Smith-Burns descends from early BC families on her father’s side and became intrigued with family history as a teenager. Her long experience with Canadian, British and Dutch records has been influenced by her educational background in anthropology (Universities of British Columbia and Victoria) and careers in museum, archival and library management.

Claire has been active with genealogy societies across Canada and has many years’ experience in designing and implementing educational programs, workshops and conferences. In 2004, she developed a course on Canadian Genealogy for the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History’s annual Institute in Salt Lake City and she has been a speaker at various genealogy conferences in BC. Claire has made numerous trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and has led a research tour there every two years since 2007. She has published several articles in Canadian genealogy periodicals and was awarded the Marion Keffer Prize by the Ontario Genealogical Society in May 2002 for “best original article.” Currently, Claire is chairperson of the Public Education Committee and Family & Local History Resource Centre for the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and sits on the Central Okanagan Heritage Week Committee.

In her other life, Claire is the mother of three grown children. She and her husband own and manage an international management consulting company specializing in safety and attitudinal change. Claire is also an avid gardener and tends her half-acre English Perennial garden in Kelowna, BC.

Read about our Canada150 Seminar here.

Meet our Speakers – Mary Read – BCGS Seminar, June 9-11, 2017

Mary Read will be speaking at the BC Genealogical Society’s 2017 Seminar, June 9-11, 2017 in Coquitlam.

When Mary Read inherited her mom’s family research files in 1996, she happily took on the challenge and began finding her ancestors on the internet as technology rolled out a whole new world of possibilities. She joined the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society that same year. Since then she has taken an active role in the society as a director, a committee member and a presenter on various subjects at meetings, forums and workshops. She is currently the editor of the KDGS quarterly newsletter, The Okanagan Researcher.

Mary grew up on the farm in Saskatchewan where her great grandparents homesteaded and even though she now lives in Kelowna, her roots are deeply planted in the prairies. With a large collection of Saskatchewan local histories posted on-line, she spends a lot of time doing look-ups and helping researchers around the world search for their prairie families. Recently retired after 25 years with Okanagan College, she is now very happy to have more time for traveling, camping, sewing, reading, writing, grandchildren and of course research!

Read about our Canada150 Seminar here.

Meet our Speakers – Xenia Stanford – BCGS Seminar, June 9-11, 2017

Xenia Stanford to speak at the BC Genealogical Society’s 2017 Seminar, June 9-11, 2017 in Coquitlam.

Xenia Stanford, a professional genealogist with 40+ years’ experience, has written many articles for genealogy magazines and was editor when Chinook, the newsletter of the Alberta Family Histories Society, twice won best local society newsletter from the National Genealogical Society. Formerly a teacher, educational researcher, corporate librarian, archivist, systems analyst and project leader, she now devotes her time to genealogical research, writing books and editing memoirs.

With Austrian and Ukrainian ancestry, she has spent hours researching her own family history in those countries and also for others with ancestors from Eastern Europe, including Germans from Russia. She has spoken on Eastern European and other areas of expertise to many genealogy groups. She communicates with others of Eastern European backgrounds across North America and even some in Eastern Europe.

For you to make connections and share knowledge, she organizes the Eastern European Special Interest Group of the Kelowna & District Genealogy Society. She has a closed group (ask to join) at the Facebook page for Eastern European Roots at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1229238490426654

Read about our Canada150 Seminar here.