BCGS General Meeting CANCELLED Feb. 8 & Walter Draycott Library – Holiday and Snow Closures


NOTE** The BCGS Library will NOT be open Thursday, February 9th. Please check here before visiting this month or call the Library at 604 502 9119 to confirm.

Due to weather conditions, the BCGS GENERAL MEETING, scheduled for the evening of February 8, 2017 was CANCELLED.

And the BCGS Library was NOT open Tuesday, February 7th. Please check here before visiting this month or call the Library at 604 502 9119 to confirm.

The Library was not open Saturday, February 4th, Thursday, January 5th and Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017. The BCGS Walter Draycott Library was closed for the holidays from 3 pm, Saturday December 17th, 2016 and reopened January 7th.

BCGS members may take home circulating books and journals to read so come in this week with your holiday genealogy and family history reading list or browse the shelves for new items.


And please remember, if it snows at any time, the Library is closed. Call to confirm if in doubt – 604 502 9119.


Saturday, December 3rd, 11 am to 2 pm

Join us any time between 11 am and 2 pm; there is no formal program.

We will have coffee, tea and some goodies. Bring a friend, some treats or just bring yourself. This is an opportunity to share and socialize informally with other members.

If you plan to attend, please contact Linda Maitland at Hope to see you there!

“…as Difficult to Forget the War as to Forget Life Itself” by Beatrice S. Nasmyth, 1915

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit-London-1914

The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit at the Tower of London, which consisted of 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British and colonial deaths. Photographer Andrew Davidson (English Wikipedia) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

“Proximity of Zeppelins, Hospitals, Red Cross Trains, Wounded Canadians and Funerals of Fallen Heroes Make It as Difficult to Forget the War as to Forget Life Itself” by Beatrice S. Nasmyth, The Daily Province, Vancouver, BC, Saturday, 4 September 1915, page 14.

London, Aug. 29 [1915]—“Just to prove it can be done,” said I to myself yesterday, “I am going to forget for a whole day that there is such a thing as a war. I’ll buy no papers, read no posters, talk only about the weather and the flower show, think only about the happy side of life.”

A beautiful thought with which to sally forth on a bright morning. So I wended my way towards Victoria street thinking how blue was the sky and distaining to analyze the numerous unheavenly odors that greeted me from the street stalls opening up for the day’s business.

It requires concentration, of course,” I reminded myself, struck suddenly by the smell of decaying fish, “but one can always rise above sordid circumstances.” And as I looked up with this thought like a serene refutation there floated across my vision of sky a big black dirigible, very high up and pointing westward. Everybody else on the street was “looking up” too, many anxiously, and I heard the word “Zeppelin” on several lips and on others the ridiculing laugh. But not to be inveigled into thinking of war by this monster warscout I lowered my eyes battling against curiosity, although aircraft are a frequent enough sight here and hastened around the corner.
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BCGS General Meeting – Nov 9, 2016 in Burnaby – Remembrance

Canadian-Korean-War-Memorial-Burnaby-BC. Photographer, Marvin Millis

The Canadian Korean War Memorial, Central Park, Burnaby, BC. Photographer, Marvin Millis.

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Our guest speaker will be Fred Hazell whose presentation will feature
military memorabilia.

Remember this is the last day to enter the BCGS ‘Most Improved Genealogist’ competition.

The BCGS Boutique will be there too with genealogy books, aids and novelties. Shop for Christmas now.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Fall 2016 Events include:

November 15th – Geoff Doherty and Marg Doherty from Brisbane, Australia will speak on Australian Research, 1 to 3 p.m. at the LDS Surrey Stake Location, 6270 – 126th Street, Surrey, BC. Co-sponsored by the BC Genealogical Society and The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. Free. Please pre-register; space is limited. Contact Jeannie Vance at or phone 604-597-9695 and leave your name and #.

November 18th – Genealogy Fair. Free; 2-4 pm. In partnership with the British Columbia Genealogical Society, the Jewish Genealogical Society of British Columbia and Klahanie Research Ltd.
West Vancouver Library, 1950 Marine Dr., West Vancouver, B.C. V7V 1J8

November 26th – Family History Show & Tell in the morning 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Free. bring in your own creations or historic items – anything that tells a story: quilts, scrapbooks, digital collages, historic home movie clips or unusual family artifacts. Visit, display your family treasures, or show and tell the story (ten minutes maximum).

Also November 26th – in the afternoon, Collectors’ Show & Tell, 1:00-2:00 PM. Free. Display what you collect (register now), or just come by to view.

Both events at Cloverdale Library. Register in person at the Library, or call 604-598-7327, or email 5642 – 176A St., Surrey, BC V3S 4G9

December 3rd – from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., an informal BCGS Library Open House to socialize with BCGS members. Free.

December 14th – BCGS Christmas Social – merriment and holiday treats! Meet the BCGS’s Most Improved Genealogist for 2017!
The speaker will be Kim Burkhardt, co-author of Rising from Obscurity: Harriet Susannah Ellis.
All interested are welcome to come. Free.
The evening will also include the ever popular paperback book sale and our first ever BCGS Silent Auction. Donations for the auction are welcome. Please contact the President, Rob Whitlock, as soon as possible.

Check the BCGS Calendar for other events.

Australian Research – free session – Nov 15, 2016 Surrey BC – Geoff & Marg Doherty

The British Columbia Genealogical Society
and The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints
is pleased to offer a FREE presentation on Australian Genealogy, featuring

Geoff Doherty and Marg Doherty
from Brisbane, Australia

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LDS Surrey Stake Location – Relief Society room
6270 – 126th Street, Surrey, BC.
Space is limited so please register.
Contact Jeannie Vance at
or phone 604-597-9695 and leave your name and number to register.