The BCGS Members’ Tip for April is:
Share your strays!
If you have information or photographs about people who don’t (yet?) seem to fit into your family tree, share this with others by posting in your genealogical society’s on-line or published queries, on Rootsweb or other bulletin boards, or on specialized websites, like ‘Dead Fred’ for photographs.
Mr. and Mrs. John Cassidy; photograph taken at Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
You will likely make another genealogist very happy and you may in turn receive that ‘lost link’ that will let you place the stray in relation to your own family or your family’s stories.
And an extra tip – to add a query to this BCGS website or to a BCGS publication, please contact email@example.com
One of the sessions I attended at RootsTech 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah was presented by Fran Jensen and was about the Facebook genealogy research pages sponsored by FamilySearch.org.
You can download Fran’s handout from the RootsTech 2013 website. Or on the main schedule pages, just click on any other sessions you are interested in to download individual handouts. Rootstech.org daily schedules
You can also see the list of Rearch Communities on Facebook at the FamilySearch Wiki.
I help administer the Canada Genealogy Research FamilySearch Facebook page and we welcome your questions, and your help, as do the other admins on all the FamilySearch pages.
And you can still refer to the FamilySearch research handout by myself from the October 2012 BCGS meeting. I must warn you though that things change quickly on FamilySearch, as on the internet generally, so a few items might be out of date now. FamilySearch genealogy October 2012 handout.
See this FamilySearch page and watch the video there for a look at what’s new and what’s coming soon to FamilySearch.
For example, FamilySearch now offers free e-mail lookup services: https://familysearch.org/blog/en/policy-change-patrons-requesting-photocopies-family-history-library-salt-lake-city-utah/
M. Diane Rogers, BCGS Editor
As requested, there is now a Rootstech 2013 Twitter box on the right hand of this page so those not on Twitter can follow along. Our BCGS Editor is at Rootstech (mdianerogers) and she is tweeting from this 3 day genealogy event as are hundreds of others – some 7,000 people are attending.
As last year, a number of events will be streamed, so go to the Rootstech.org website to see schedule and view live sessions. (All times given are Mountain time.)
If you are on Twitter, do join in with comments and questions. The Rootstech hashtag is #rootstech.
In Canada, most provincial archives, and indeed most local archives, are well aware that genealogists and family historians are among their most constant visitors, whether in person or on-line. Accordingly, a number of Canada’s provincial archives have developed finding aids to archival collections thought to be of first interest to genealogists. And a few archives have taken to social networks, like Flickr and Facebook, to make their collections both better known and more accessible.
The BCGS’s Canadian Provincial Archives – A Web Guide has links to the websites of all of Canada’s provincial archives, and direct links to provincial archival databases, exhibitions and catalogues of particular importance to genealogists and family historians.
Some ‘Friends of the Archives’ groups are active in Canada promoting and supporting local, provincial and specialized archives. For example, the Friends of the City of Vancouver’s Archives raised funds for the 1600 cubic foot cold storage facility needed to preserve deteriorating negatives and photographs and the Friends of Library and Archives Canada contributed funds to add a rare 1765 manuscript map by James Cook showing the south coast of Newfoundland to Library and Archives Canada’s collection. Friends groups often facilitate volunteer projects and sponsor events and exhibitions featuring archival collections and related topics. See the BCGS list of Friends of Archives in Canada for links to each group.
BCGS hopes these will be useful to anyone interested in Canadian genealogy research. Both these web publications are on-going projects so please do send updates, suggestions and new information to the BCGS Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org or c/o the BCGS, P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC, CANADA V6X 3T6.
For those researching in Sweden, ArkivDigital is free this weekend – 16-17 March 2013. This is to celebrate Family Research Day in Sweden!
Co-incidentally this is also the BCGS Scandinavian Group’s day to meet at the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas Street in Burnaby.
Come & join us, 1 – 3 pm.
BCGS Scandinavian Group webpage
Here, free for you to use and copy for personal use, are a few European postcards collected by members of the BCGS European Group. From time to time, this gallery will be added to.
The BCGS believes that these postcards are no longer under copyright, and agrees that these digital images may be used for personal or public non-commercial purposes, provided that they are identified as ‘Courtesy of the British Columbia Genealogical Society: www.bcgs.ca’. For any other use, or for more information, contact the BCGS webmaster.
See another BCGS Postcard Gallery of United Kingdom cards here.
Panorama de Cintra, Portugal
Panorama des Huits Ponts (Panorama of the Eight Bridges), Paris
Vatican, Bella Cappella Sistina
Gothenburg , Castlepark, Sweden