BCGS AGM & Cemetery Research presentation – March 11, 2015

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The BC Genealogical Society Annual General Meeting is Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a location map with directions.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Speaker: Lindsay McArthur

Topic: Cemetery Research and Transcribing – how to properly clean headstones.

LIndsay McArthur has worked on cemetery projects in both Maple Ridge and Fort Langley. While working at the Langley Centennial Museum she organized “Down to Earth”, a provincial cemetery symposium attended by people from around British Columbia. Lindsay is currently the Visual Arts programmer at the Surrey Art Gallery.

The BC Genealogical Society’s Cemetery Committee is planning field trips and photography projects for 2015. If you are interested in working on a cemetery project with the Committee, please contact Betty Allen by e-mail: bcgs@bcgs.ca or leave a message at the BCGS Library 604 502 9119.

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The BCGS Cemetery Committee’s latest publication is on Nelson Memorial Cemetery in Nelson, British Columbia.

Abraham Lincoln’s Legacy in British Columbia

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The Government of British Columbia has invited citizens to collaborate on the preparation of a letter to mark the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death.  “The letter will be paired with a previous letter of condolences sent by the Governor and Legislature of the Colony of Vancouver Island to the United States in 1865 following President Lincoln’s assassination.”

“Comments and stories from British Columbians, especially those whose heritage is connected to Lincoln and the legacy he created” are welcome. The submission deadline date is February 28, 2015. See more details and comment on the new website: Abraham Lincoln – His Legacy in British Columbia

Rootstech Conference – Feb 12-14, 2015 – Free live sessions on-line

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Rootstech 2015 Update – February 2015 – A number of the Rootstech 2015 sessions are available now to watch free on-line. Go to http://www.rootstech.org/video/4050134760001  to see these. Handouts are available for most of the conference sessions at http://www.rootstech.org/About/syllabus?lang=eng

Don’t miss Rootstech 2015!

A number of sessions from the Rootstech conference in Salt Lake City will be streamed live starting Thursday morning, February 12th and continuing till Saturday, February 14th. Here is the 2015 Rootstech streaming schedule.

Sessions will be available from the Main Rootstech website page. The syllabus materials for Rootstech sessions are on-line and downloadable too.

The FamilySearch blog has  5 Tips to Ensure a Pleasant Live Stream Experience.

Many attendees, whether on site or virtual will be discussing the sessions and #genealogy on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and other social sites. Official Hashtag – #RootsTech

Join the BCGS CelticFest Parade group, Mar. 15, 2015

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Vancouver’s CelticFest is getting closer. We’re looking for many more BCGS members to join our St. Patrick’s Day marching group on Sunday morning, March 15th in downtown Vancouver.  We’ll be wearing the green, shiny shamrocks and lots of plaid.

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will follow the same route as in 2014, beginning on Howe and Davie Streets, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia, and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets. It’s a very easy walkable route. Here’s the CelticFest Parade Map. And we lunch afterwards together with our good friends from the United Empire Loyalists of Canada. Contact M. Diane Rogers to join our parade group.

Some 200,000 people are expected to be right there watching the parade this year. There’s lots of free entertainment both Saturday and Sunday and many other events and activities. See the CelticFest Vancouver website for details.