Cemetery Tours – Burnaby & Vancouver – Sept 2014

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MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, VANCOUVER – HORNE 1 AND 2,  WALKING TOUR

Join Lorraine Irving from the BC Genealogical Society for a walking tour of the cemetery’s highest sections, Horne 1 and 2. Enjoy a fantastic view of downtown Vancouver and the mountains. You’ll hear about a soldier who fought in the Riel Rebellion that’s buried near the WW1 cenotaph, a survivor of the Titanic, and more.

Sunday, September 14, 2014 2-3:30 pm. Free.

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THE EVOLUTION OF CHINESE GRAVES AT BURNABY’S OCEAN VIEW CEMETERY

A walking tour with historian Maurice Guibord

Sat., September 27, 2014, 1-2 pm. Meet inside the cemetery entrance at corner of Imperial St. & Patterson Ave.  Call Maurice Guibord, Vancouver, 604-253-9311 Cell 604-771-3047

Free, followed by coffee on site, courtesy of the cemetery management.

Wear comfortable walking shoes, as this tour entails a fair bit of walking.

Around 1919, Burnaby’s Ocean View Cemetery created a burial section on its perimeter as far from its entrance as one could walk, in order to meet the needs of non-Europeans seeking internment of their deceased. This small segregated plot was named Mongolia, one of the racist epithets designating Asians during that period. You will see buried there, side by side, the well-known Vancouverite Won Alexander Cumyow, and Ross Hendrix, later made famous by his Vancouver-raised grandson, guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

This measure was but a symptom of the racism exercised well into the 1960s in cemeteries in the British Empire, a reflection of the racial climate experienced in the day-to-day life of non-whites.

At Ocean View, you will see the evolution of this approach to burial over a century, from segregated plots to accommodating sections in mausoleums, and to sections catering largely to the Chinese community, where feng-shui stipulations and family estates lay a new claim to identity for this community. You will witness the effects of trans-Pacific political decisions that dramatically reformed centuries-held traditions such as the removal of remains back to China, to the advent of reverse migration of remains from China to North America.

World War I Walking Tours – Vancouver BC

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The Heritage Vancouver Society is offering World War I walking tours this month and in October.

Tickets are on sale now. Click the links below or go to the Society’s website:http://www.heritagevancouver.org/index.htm

Remembering WW1: The Vancouver Homefront

September 14: WW1: Walking Tour: A Soldier’s Journey, Home Front to Front Line

October 5: WW1: The Homefront – Our Town, WW1 Activities in South Hill

October 8: WW1: Behind the Scenes at Beatty Street Drill Hall

BCGS Harvest Supper & General Meeting – 10 September 2014

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BCGS_Harvest_Supper-poster-2014BCGS Harvest Supper & General Meeting, September 10, 2014

There will be a BC Genealogical Society Harvest Supper before the September 10th, 2014 BCGS general meeting. The dinner is from 6-7 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Street in Burnaby. Directions and map (.pdf).

The dinner features a chicken dinner, salads, a special dessert and entertainment. Please call Lynne to reserve tickets: 604 942 3663.

Tickets $10, available at the August meeting or reserve and pay at the door. Reserve your ticket now – call Lynne at 604 942 3663.  Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 9th – 12:00 noon.     Harvest Supper poster (.pdf)

The general meeting begins at 7:30.

There will be two group sessions after the meeting:

Genealogy 101 – Libraries

Irish Interest Group

Barry Kirk from the Family History Library will be available for questions about Ukrainian and Canadian Research.

Canadiana.org – Survey on digitization priorities

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Canadiana.org partnered with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) a while ago on a project to digitize 40,000 reels of microfilm from LAC. This project, now known as Héritage, already offers free access to some of these digitized reels.

There is more information at Canadiana’s Héritage portal. You can browse the already digitized collections (not indexed) and you can check the listing of what’s likely coming next. Collections include films of

  • Genealogy Records
  • Aboriginal Records
  • Government Records
  • Military & War Records
  • Papers of Prominent Canadians
  • Miscellaneous – currently including select copies of Ukrainian language newspapers and periodicals.

Canadiana is asking genealogists to choose which collections to prioritize – and is offering this will involve “partially transcribing select collections“.

Click on this link to go to Canadiana.org and fill out the survey.