BCGS free Open House, July 12 and Library Week – July 13-18, 2015.

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BCGS_Library-Family_HistoriesThe annual BCGS free Walter Draycott Library Week begins Sunday, July 12th with the Open House from 2-4 pm. Refreshments, including cake, door prizes. All interested are welcome.

From Monday, July 13th to Saturday, July 18th, the BCS Walter Draycott Library is open free to all interested from 10 am to 3 pm each day. Talks and activities are scheduled for each day – check the BCGS Annual Library Week page for more details.

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BCGS – Family History Book Awards – 2014

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The following books were awarded First, Second and Third prizes in the British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Book Awards for 2014 at a special Awards evening in Burnaby, June 13, 2015:

 

 

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First – A Dempster History: From England to Canada Through India 1796-2014 by Eleanore Dempster.

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Second – The Deanshaven Story: How to Float a Grand Piano and Other Necessities of Invention by Pauline Butling.

 

 

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Third – My Hometown, My Furusato: Family History of Greenwood-Midway by Chuck Tasaka.

See the main BCGS Family History Award page for event photos.

Federation of Family History Societies

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Did you know?  The BCGS is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies, along with over 180 family history and genealogical societies and related organizations from around the world.

The latest to join is WISE, the Wales-Ireland-Scotland-England (W.I.S.E.) Family History Society from Denver, Colorado, USA. Do have a look at their website.

The Federation has website and contact information on-line for all its members. And the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) has a free news E-zine every few months. You can read this free on the Federation‘s website or subscribe to receive it by e-mail.

BCGS General Meeting – June 10, 2015 – BCGS Book Awards & Strawberry Tea

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BCGS Strawberry TeaThe next BCGS general meeting will be Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map.

Annual BCGS Family History Award presentations and authors’ talks.

Strawberry Tea!

All interested are very welcome to attend.

BCGS General Meeting – May 13th, 2015 – Irish, Scottish & Genealogy 101 Groups meet

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Vancouver-City-Hall-Veterans-1939-CVA_PhotoVancouver City Hall veterans of the Great War, honour guards for the Royal Visit, 1939.

The next BCGS general meeting will be Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map.

There will be three group sessions after the general meeting:

Scottish Interest Group
Irish Interest Group
Genealogy 101 – Civil Registration Records.

See you there!

This photograph above shows the group of Vancouver City Hall Great War veterans who acted as honour guards for the Royal Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, May 29, 1939. The City of Vancouver Archives has their names listed as:

(back row) J. Tarbuck, H. Preston, R.T. Blair, A.A. Copping, W.G. Johnston, J.H. Davenport, J. McGill, A. Hall, R.T. Richardson, H.A. Black, S. Huntington, W.F. Rodbourne, W. Strang, A.G. Bennett, B. Keogh, B. Corlett, F.J. Hearn, F. Carlisle;

(middle row) W.C. Browne, B. Warden, Dr. J.H. White, J.A. McCrindle, H.R.T. Mason, G. Markle, C.R. McTaggart, A. Patterson, J.W. Barker, G.H. Clay, W. Inglis, W.C. Anthony, L. Westcott, T.J. Corley, J. Stevenson, J. McGregor, J. Smith;

(front row) A. Johnston, H.G. Stone, J.R. Chamberlain, J. Gibbs, S. Travis, E. Humphreys, W.B. Murray, C. Grantham, C.J. Biddiss, N.V. davis, H.A.E. Browne, G.L. Tooker, L.R. Edge, A.J. Addy, R. Vernon, E.H. Cooke, A. Churchouse, G.H. Ubbink and

(front) T. Calloway

Photograph creator: Major James Skitt Matthews. Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives:- AM54-S4-: Mil P170.2