BCGS DNA group update – April 2016

FamilyTreeDNA sponsored and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) organized DNA related talks throughout Who Do You Think You Are Live! 2016 held in Birmingham, England.

Most of these will be on YouTube soon. The first one is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi0PrkwL8LY

Here is the link to the DNA Lectures – Who Do You Think You Are YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HQSiSkiy7ujlkgQER1FYw?nohtml5=False

We will be having a DNA Group session at the May General Meeting and after that, a couple of small sessions at the BCGS Library.

BCGS General Meeting – April 13, 2016

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby. All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

CLASSES FOR OUR MEETING:

English Group – Tips & Tricks in Finding Elusive Ancestors in the English Census Records – Peter Claydon

Irish Group – Records in the BCGS Library – Eunice Robinson

Introduction to New Members – an information session for new/newer members – Lorraine Irving & Judith Ueland.

See you Wednesday.

BCGS General Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map (.pdf)

Happy St. Patrick’s Week!

St-Patricks-Day-postcard-1912

If you are visiting us because you met or saw us at the CelticFest Vancouver Parade today, or because you are thinking about your Celtic relatives this week, welcome!

Perhaps they were from Ireland or Scotland? We do have resources here that can help you in researching these families, and we have many resources for family history research around the world. We have recommended family history web links, and meeting groups for both Irish and Scottish research, for example.

Looking for a full size version of our genealogy pedigree chart? Click here for a .pdf version of the BCGS pedigree chart that you can print out and use free of charge.

Don’t hesitate to contact us. bcgs@bcgs.ca or call our Library in Surrey, BC at 604 502 9119.

The 1912 postcard shown above is courtesy of Wikipedia which has a nice article all about shamrocks.
[Postcard: “St. Patrick’s Day Souvenir” postmarked 1912 in the United States. On postcard: “OLD WEIR BRIDGE” Description: “1912 POSTCARD ST. PATRICK’S DAY SOUVENIR; POSTALLY USED and CANCELLED MARCH 1912” Pictured: The painting depicted is of the “Old Weir Bridge” located Dinis Cottage, in Killarney National Park, Ireland. By Artist for original postcard not credited – Postcard described above via, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9778509 ]

20th Anniversary – BCGS website: www.bcgs.ca

Our BCGS website first began in 1996, so this year we are 20!

Our site, developed by our founding webmaster, Bob Daniel, began with our own basic information and some links. Many of the other websites and computers and programmes popular in 1996 are history but some continue on, a few in other guises. Remember these from 1996? AOL, Yahoo, Infoseek, Excite, Lycos, Netscape, Compuserve and Geocities? Here’s the Washington Post‘s look at popular websites from 1996 on.

Soon BCGS.ca became bigger providing information on genealogy events and issues, like the threatened loss of Ontario land records and Bill C-32 to amend the Canadian Copyright Act in July 1997. But there was really good genealogy news then too, for instance, the 1996 decision to release British Columbia Vital Records indexes on-line at the BC Archives website.

Our first member to have a personal genealogy website listed on our site was Michelle Burton, then using uniserve.com to host her site. Her genealogy website is still up, but at the Internet Archive.

Today BCGS.ca continues as a hub for members and others looking for information about the BCGS and help with their own genealogy.

We are in good company with others who went on-line in 1996, including Cyndi’s List which began with a page of 1,025 links and the Internet Archive. We have all thrived on-line.

To see our BCGS website as it was in earlier years, go to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine
https://archive.org and enter these URLs.

http://www.npsnet.com/bcgs (saved from July 1, 1997 – appropriate date, eh!)

http://www.bcgs.ca (saved from 2002)

Watch for new features on BCGS.ca in the coming months to celebrate our 20th. We’ll have a historical timeline, more BCGS photographs, and much more for research, including access to the Society’s Members’ Pedigree Chart collection.