BCGS Journal Theme – December 2015 – “My Relative Was A ____________”

Our December 2015 theme offers writers a great deal of latitude. Want to write about someone who was a blacksmith or a milliner? Or a suffragette or an orator, a British Home Child, or even a forger or a bigamist?

Any length is acceptable. Journal deadline is November 9, 2015. Please contact the Editor if you have questions or ideas to discuss. editor @

The BCGS Research links on this website include Occupations. (If you have new links to suggest for this section, please e-mail webmaster @ )

To start you off with some ideas, here is Marianne Soltau’s index to a series on ‘Old Occupations’ in the Family Tree Magazine (UK). These magazines are all available in our Library, as are many other related books and articles.

Old Occupations Article Index - Family Tree Magazine (UK)

1 Maltster 01/03/1989
2 Potter 01/04/1989
3 Toll-Gate Keeper 01/05/1989
4 Fisherman 01/06/1989
5 Customs Officer 01/08/1989
6 Strawplaiter 01/10/1989
7 Pugilist 01/12/1989
8 Weaver 01/01/1990
9 Frame Work Knitter (FWK) 01/02/1990
10 Frame Work Knitter (FWK) 01/03/1990

Descendancy and related searches

Selected sources for descendancy research, mainly related to British Columbia.

Genealogical descendancy research is often useful in legal cases, tracing heirs, for example, in genealogical cousin quests, in finding relatives who emigrated to Canada, or in adoption or related searches.

Initial sources could include older birth, marriage and death registrations and censuses, obituaries, certainly cemetery information, city directories, and voters’ lists, and perhaps probate records or land records.

The BC Genealogical Society (BCGS)’s BC Research Committee does offer lookup services for many types of BC records and for BCGS’s unique resources.
For BC Newspapers on-line, see the BCGS Newspaper and Obituaries page
For BC Cemeteries, see the BCGS Cemetery Committee page

Easy Steps to Descendancy Research, 4 min. video/handout, FamilySearch Learning Center lesson:

Descendancy Research, 40 min. video, FamilySearch Learning Center lesson:

BC Vital Statistics Agency.

Historical birth, marriage and death registration records are indexed and available on-line at both the BC Archives and FamilySearch websites. Neither website has all the records, so you may need to search both.
BC Archives, Genealogy:
Contact the BC Vital Statistics Agency for information on obtaining more recent documents and for adoption records:
Adoption Records:

BC Adoption Reunion Registry:
Adoption Reunion Registry Stories:

BC Directories to 1955, free at Vancouver Public Library in Online Resources, Local History: The BCGS Library has directories and telephone books – see the BCGS on-line directory catalogue. Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch and other libraries may have directories and telephone books which are not yet on-line. For BC local libraries, see the BCGS BC Public Libraries page

1921 Canadian Census, indexed. Free at

1901/1911 Canada census, also 1906 Canadian prairies census, Indexed; free, Automated Genealogy:

Canadian national voters’ lists, 1936-1980. $ The BCGS Library and some local libraries may offer free access to Ancestry Library Edition: Regional and local archives may have provincial and civic voters’ lists. See MemoryBC for contact details for archival repositories in BC and to search for record descriptions.

Forget Me Not Society:

Adoptive Families Association of BC:

Parent Finders:

DNA and adoption research, Richard Hill. Richard Hill is the author of Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA (2012) and Guide to DNA Testing: How to Identify Ancestors, Confirm Relationships, and Measure Ethnic Ancestry through DNA Testing (2014):

DNAAdoption – “A team of knowledgeable genealogists, citizen scientists, geneticists and IT professionals” offering information, advice and on-line classes to anyone looking for “unknown ancestors”:

Yukon man obtains citizenship despite no birth certificate, May 22, 2015, City News:

BCGS General Meeting and Harvest Supper – Sept 9, 2015, Burnaby

BCGS_Harvest_Supper-2015Be sure to attend the BC Genealogical Society’s second annual Harvest Supper, 6-7 pm, Wednesday, 9 September, 2015 before the General Meeting at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
Directions and map (.pdf)

The dinner cost is $10. RSVP to Darlene at 604-591-2841, or to Lynne at 604-942-3663 before Sept. 4th, please.

The dinner was well attended last year and a great time was had by all, so reserve your places early. [ If you need to e-mail about the supper, send a note to ]

The general meeting will begin at 7:30 pm.

Group sessions after the meeting will include the English Interest Group and the USA Interest Group

BCGS General Meeting – 12 August 2015 in Burnaby

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 August 2015, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
Directions and map (.pdf)
All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Speakers will be

Robert Douglas Watt, LVO FRHSC, first Chief Herald of Canada and now Rideau Herald Emeritus.


Grace Hama, Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library. Note: Barbara Edwards will not be able to attend.

Paul MacDonell, Cloverdale Library, Surrey Libraries.

Jeannie Vance, Surrey Family History Center Director.