BCGS Canada Group – British Columbia Research

Here are the links to newer and useful British Columbia websites and news mentioned at the Canada Group’s July meeting.



In partnership with the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, the Museum sponsored consultations in June, 2016 in Abbotsford and Prince George with members of BC’s Punjabi communities – a “first step in the creation of a provincial Punjabi legacy project that preserves and shares community history”.

Latest version of the Museum’s e-newsletter, Curious, is on Chinese Legacy Initiatives.

If you are or might be related to Captain James Cook – his wife Elizabeth Batt’s dessert china set was recently acquired from the City of Victoria.

The Museum’s Transcribe web project launched in 2015 –

And the Museum’s (rotating) 100 Objects of Interest website. From John Lennon’s limousine, a yellow bellied sea snake, Vancouver Island treaties, a Harlequin romance, a flapper dress, a Kwagu’ł ceremonial curtain by Mungo Martin, to Yukon Joe’s diary (1946-1961).

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Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project, University of Victoria and the BC Museums Ass’n.:

See also The West Beyond the West: and Memory BC:


British Columbia History, 1923-2007 – issues of this BC Historical Federation publication are on-line free:

Open Collections, University of BC. Historical books, photographs, BC newspapers: See also UBC Circle for publications of UBC personnel and partners. Includes theses and dissertations:

Facebook Genealogy Groups:

Genealogical and Historical Groups / Pages on Facebook (in English). This is a “267-page PDF List of 9,000+ Genealogy Links on Facebook”, updated May 2016, by Katherine R. Willson:

BCGS General Meeting – July 13, 2016 – BC and Computer Groups meet


The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby. Meeting location – printable map and directions

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Group sessions after the meeting will be:

Canadian Interest Group: British Columbia with M. Diane Rogers

Computer Interest Group: with Peter Claydon and Eunice Robinson

Shown in the 1933 photograph above are some Vancouver Sun newspaper boys in New Westminster.

This vintage Stuart Thomson photograph has been digitally colourized by Mark Truelove of Canadian Colour. View both the original and the new version at the Canadian Colour website.

Mark is a family historian from British Columbia who wants to bring the past to life. Learn more about him in this Radio Canada International interview with Wojtek Gwiazda. Like the Canadian Colour Facebook page too to see his newest work.

Original photograph, Vancouver Sun Service Department No. 41 hut and carriers, at 12th and Nanaimo, New Westminster, BC, Canada, 1933, courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives: AM1535-: CVA 99-4378; photographer Stuart Thomson. Colourized version courtesy of Mark Truelove, Canadian Colour

Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Predecessors

Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police History and Genealogy

“What a Year 1920 Was” (RNWNP, Dominion Police, the new RCMP), RCMP Veterans’ Assn.:

Federal records, digitized microfilm – Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police, RCMP. Héritage (

North West Mounted Police – Personnel Records, 1873-1904, database, Library and Archives Canada:

Defending the Law: The North-West Mounted Police, 1873-1920,

“Without Fear, Favour or Affection”: The Men of the North West Mounted Police, archived exhibit, Library and Archives Canada:

Sir Sam Steele Collection:

RCMP Heritage Centre:

RCMP Obituary Index, RCMP Quarterly, 1933-1989, Saskatchewan Genealogical Society:

RCMP Quarterly – a BCGS volunteer is indexing articles of interest from the BCGS Library collection of RCMP Quarterly journals. This index is being published in The British Columbia Genealogist and is available in the Library. The BCGS Library is interested in filling in gaps in the collection. The Quarterly began in 1933. Since 1999, it has been the official magazine of the RCMP Veterans’ Association.

See also The Officer Down Memorial Page for officers killed in the line of duty:(Canada)

BCGS Family History Book Awards & Strawberry Tea – June 8, 2016 in Burnaby


The next BCGS general meeting will be Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map

This meeting will feature the Annual BCGS Family History Award presentations and authors’ talks and the annual Strawberry Tea!

All interested are very welcome to attend. Learn more about the BCGS Family History Book Awards here.

Photograph: BC Genealogical Society