BCGS Walter Draycott Library – Holiday closure from Dec. 22, 2015- Reopening Jan. 5, 2016

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It’s that time of year again!

The BCGS Library is closed for the holidays from Saturday, December 19th, 2015 at 3:00 pm and will reopen on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 at 10:00 am, providing the weather is favourable.

Please remember – if it snows at any time, the Library is closed.

Telephone 604 502 9119
Library catalogues and other information on-line: http://www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=87

This very pretty snowflake is courtesy of Snowflakes for Christmas

November 11, 2015 BCGS General Meeting – Military Memories

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Poppies near Kelling, North Norfolk, UK, June 2002; Photographer John Beniston (Palmiped). Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Poppy2004.JPG#/media/File:Poppy2004.JPG

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby. All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.
Directions and map (.pdf)

Continuing on our usual military theme for our November meeting, this year we would like to invite our members to share the stories and/or adventures of their family members. If you would like to participate and share one of your family’s military experiences, please let Eunice know at eunice@dccnet.com – each presentation to be between 8-10 minutes.

BCGS General Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Vancouver Province – 20 Year Subscriber Index, as of 1929

Vancouver Province Roll of Honour, 1929

In May of 1929 the Vancouver Province ran a list of early subscribers in a Roll of Honour over several weeks in the Sunday newspaper. There were full page lists of name, address, date when the person came to BC and the year they started to subscribe to the Vancouver Province.

The first list of two full pages was published May 12, 1929, and more over the following Sundays, May 19th and May 26th, for a total of six full pages of names.

Many hundreds of other subscribers have written to the Province, stating that they have been regular readers of this paper for periods varying from three to nineteen years, and requesting that they be sent Pioneer Honour Roll Certificates when they shall have completed the twenty year period as readers. Their names have been recorded and their wishes will be met in due course.

There are over 2700 Vancouver Province early subscribers from around British Columbia on this list which has been indexed by British Columbia Genealogical Society member Alice Marwood.

The earliest date in BC a subscriber reported was 1844. A good number of people reported being subscribers since 1898 when the paper moved to Vancouver from Victoria and began publishing as a daily1.

“The Province”, in The Canadian Encyclopedia, article by Jean O’Clery, Jessica Potter.

Long Time Province Subscribers, 1929

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1 ?, MRS LM 1349 E 1ST AVE VANCOUVER 1905 1907
2 ABBOTT, MRS J 883 HAMILTON ST VANCOUVER 1899 1899
3 ABERCROMBIE, 3842 WILLINGDON AVE BBY NEW WESTMINSTER 1900 1900
4 ABERCROMBIE, MRS A 855 EAST 23RD AVE VANCOUVER 1899 1899
5 ABERCROMBIE, WJ KELOWNA 1890 1898
6 ABLITT, MRS GE EBURNE 1889 1909
7 ACHESON, ALEX 927 HORNBY ST VANCOUVER 1899 1899
8 ACHURCH, SAMUEL 2276 WEST 8TH AVE VANCOUVER 1887 1909
9 ACTON, HR 3025 WEST 5TH AVE VANCOUVER 1909 1909
10 ADAIR, ERNEST E PORT HANEY 1897 1907


BCGS PLANNING PROCESS 2015/2016 – CONSULTATION November 2015

You are invited to add your member’s voice to the re-imagining of the BCGS Mission and Vision. The board appointed a planning sub-committee to distill our organization’s previous goals and expressions of purpose, combined with recent brainstorming products.

Mission Statement—What The BCGS Does: 
(A statement describing the reason an organization or program exists and used to help guide decisions about priorities, actions, and responsibilities.)

The British Columbia Genealogical Society Mission is to serve and grow best practices and is dedicated to discovery, collection, preservation and access to family history research.

Vision Statement—Where the BCGS wants to go:
(A statement describing the clear and inspirational long-term desired change resulting from an organization’s or program’s work.)

The British Columbia Genealogical Society with collaborative leadership will provide a sustainable environment for meaningful learning opportunities for all.

See The British Columbia Genealogist (September 2015 issue) for more information.

Consultations will be held at the BCGS Library –

November 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm followed by a presentation by M. Diane Rogers on “Keeping Up In Genealogy – News You Can Really Use”.

The previous session was September 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm followed by “Casting the Net: Seeking Ancestors on the Internet” by Brenda Smith.

At the November Board meeting the statements will be presented for inclusion in the 2016 AGM notification package.

Please contact us to comment about the proposed Mission and Vision.

Email: bcgs@bcgs.ca

Postal Mail: BCGS Mission-Vision Sub-Committee, P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC, CANADA, V6X 3T6

Surrey Family History Center – fall hours

Surrey British Columbia Family History Center

Fall and Winter Hours – from September 8th 2015: Tuesdays 10 am-9 pm; Wednesdays 10 am to 2 pm, Thursdays 2 pm to 9 pm

Location: 6270 126 Street, Surrey, BC V3X 1T9

Telephone: 604-597-9695

E-mail: surreyfhc @ gmail.com

More Surrey Family History Center information: https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Surrey_British_Columbia_Family_History_Center