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.

Childhood Memories Project – Gary Pennington

BC Genealogical Society member Gary Pennington’s Childhood Memories Project

Submitted by Gary.

For over twenty years I have been collecting stories from adults, particularly seniors, about their childhood play.  I have collected several thousand such stories from a number of countries around the world.  Most stories have been in written form collected on a questionnaire form that I developed over time.  I have used these stories in a number of conference presentations and some writings.  Currently I am developing a website to share findings and plan on writing a book, or books, for publication.

I am writing at this time to ask if you would consider contributing your childhood stories to our collection and possibly others in your family as well.

To this end, I have a copy of the Childhood Memories Questionnaire for your consideration. 

I would be delighted if a number of BCGS members would participate in this ambitious undertaking.

Editor’s note: For our readers’ convenience, a copy of the Childhood Memories Project questionnaire (.pdf) is here for you to download and print. If you would like a .docx copy, please contact webmaster@bcgs.ca

Read Gary’s article in “The British Columbia Genealogist”, March 2017, and this on-line article – “Childhood Memories Project launches at library.” Submitted by Sherryl Latimer, November 24, 2016, Coast Reporter, Sechelt, BC: http://www.coastreporter.net/community/features/childhood-memories-project-launches-at-library-1.3175470#sthash.0zHaSYuP.dpuf

Dave Obee – Keynote Speaker Announced – BCGS Seminar – June 9-11, 2017

 Dave Obee, Keynote Speaker, 2017 BCGS Seminar.

Dave Obee will be the BC Genealogical Society’s 2017 Seminar’s Keynote Speaker, Friday, June 9th, 2017.

Dave Obee is a journalist and genealogical researcher who has written a dozen books and given 600 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada, the United States and Australia since 1997.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia. He has worked as a journalist in British Columbia and Alberta since 1972.

He is a member of the Board of Canada’s History Society, which publishes Canada’s History, the magazine formerly known as The Beaver, and Kayak, which is a history magazine for children, as well as related websites.

Dave is a columnist for Internet Genealogy magazine and Your Genealogy Today magazine, formerly Family Chronicle. Dave has also written about family history for Canada’s History as well as Your Family Tree in the United Kingdom.

In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Victoria for his work as a historian, genealogist and journalist. In 2014 he was presented with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian award for his work as a community volunteer.

In 2012, the British Columbia Historical Federation named Dave’s 2011 book, The Library Book: A History of Service to British Columbia, as one of the top three examples of historical writing in the province. It is a comprehensive look at library service and development over the past two centuries. In 2009, the Federation awarded Dave a Certificate of Appreciation “for his many contributions to British Columbia History”. The certificate says that Dave “has researched, spoken, written, campaigned, lobbied and published the province’s heritage.

Dave has also received a Certificate of Recognition from Heritage BC for his work on the British Colonist website which features 60 years of the leading newspaper in Victoria. The website was based on an idea hatched by Dave and university professors John Lutz and Patrick Dunae. This site makes a top resource available to researchers around the world.

Dave was the recipient of the B.C. Library Association’s Keith Sacre Library Champion Award for 2010/2011; this is the association’s top award for non-librarians. This honoured his research into the history of libraries in British Columbia. In 2016 Dave received a Heritage Advocate award from North Vancouver District in recognition of his work on the history of the District’s library system, published in 2014 as Fifty! With a Fabulous Future.

Read more about the 2017 BCGS Seminar

CANCELLED – BCGS General Meeting – Feb. 8, 2017, 7:30 pm Burnaby

CANCELLED – DUE to the weather, this General Meeting for Feb. 8, 2017 has been CANCELLED.

McGavin's Bakery dance, 1946, Vancouver

McGavin’s Bakery employees dance, 1946, Vancouver. See below for more information

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Two sessions:

Topic: England – Beyond BMDs and Censuses

The speaker will be Erica Williams, BCGS Member and President of the Maple Ridge Historical Society.

Erica will look at a variety of other records such as the differences between county records from Wales and BMD records, electoral rolls, actual church records, cemeteries, some school admission records and the 1939 Register. And she will discuss how to use maps for context.

Topic: “Just Ask Us” Local Historians & Family Historians

The presenter will be Eunice Robinson, BCGS Education Chair and President of the Sea Island Heritage Society.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

If you have not already renewed, or would like to join the BCGS, please see the Membership Committee at the meeting, or you may renew or join and pay on-line at the BCGS Membership page.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Group meetings coming up this month at the BCGS Library, 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

Saturday, 11 February, 10:00 – 12:00 Quebec Group meets.

Saturday, 18 February, 10:00 – 12:00 Scottish Group meets.

Tuesday, 21 February, 13:00 – 15:00 DNA Group – topic DNALand. (updated 6 Feb)

Saturday, 25 February, 13:00 – 15:00 First Nations Group meets.

And elsewhere

Tuesday, 14 February, 13:00 – 15:00 the Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group meets at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia.

Saturday, 18 February, 13:00 – 15:00 the Scandinavian Group meets at the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas St., Burn­aby.

The photo above is one of a few from a McGavin’s Bakery employees dance in Vancouver, 1946. On the walls are historical Company photos. Recognize anyone? Do let us know. Courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives, AM1545-S3-: CVA 586-4834. Photographer Don Coltman, of Steffens-Colmer Studios Ltd.