Reminder – BCGS 2014 Seminar Early Bird prices end April 30th, 2014

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Early Bird Prices for the British Columbia Genealogical Society’s 2014 Seminar, Saturday, May 31st, are in effect until April 30, 2014.

Speakers – Audrey Collins from England and Geoff Doherty from Australia.

Tickets are $45.00 for BCGS & Affiliate Society members; $55.00 for non-members. After April 30th, the price increases.

To reserve tickets, see the BCGS 2014 Seminar page and call or e-mail now. Payment may be made by PayPal, Visa or by mail or at a meeting.

 

BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group meets April 8, 2014

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Vancouver Genealogy Group Discussion, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at  1:00 PM

Vancouver Exhibition and Happyland Entrance

Meet at the Vancouver Public Library,  350 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC in the Board Breakout Room on the 7th Floor.

 

 

Genealogy Discussion – bring your ideas, questions and latest discoveries. It’s a friendly, helpful group. All interested in genealogy and family history are welcome. Check out our Vancouver Genealogy Meetup pages.

The photograph above shows the entrance gate to the Vancouver Exhibition and Happyland on Renfrew St. in 1929. Photographer: Leonard Frank. Courtesy, Vancouver Public Library, Special Collections, VPL 7925.

BCGS General Meeting – April 9, 2014, Burnaby, BC

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Reminder: The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Talk by M. Diane Rogers  - “Only £8 worth of things left” — the case of Henry Parker’s bankruptcy – how his financial woes helped my family history research.

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane’s Your Aunt. She’s been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and even further afield.

Upcoming BCGS Event:  Early Bird priced tickets are still available for the May 31st BCGS seminar with Audrey Collins from The National Archives of the UK and Geoff Doherty from Australia. The April meeting will be the last chance to buy tickets in person before the price goes up! Tickets are also available by phone or on-line. See all the details on the BCGS 2014 Seminar page and download the brochure.

BCGS Boutique events – 2014

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BCGS Boutique - Kelowna ConferenceBCGS Boutique at Kelowna

This year, the BCGS Boutique will be at these special events in British Columbia selling genealogy books, maps, and other aids, including charts and magnifiers, and fun things for genealogists and family historians too. If you are attending any one of these events, have a look at the Boutique’s on-line lists of offerings beforehand. For your convenience, you may contact Cathy Magee to pre-order. In addition, BCGS Boutique items are often featured at Greater Vancouver events, like the BC Highland Games in Coquitlam and the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Burnaby in June this year.

  • Qualicum Beach Family History Society’s conference Unlocking the Past in Parksville at Tigh Na Mara on May 24, 2014  - www.qbfhs.ca 
  •  BCGS Seminar with speakers Audrey Collins and Geoff Doherty in Richmond on May 31, 2014 - http://www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=2511
  •  BC Historical Federation’s annual conference and book fair – this year in Cloverdale (Surrey), with the Boutique being on site on Saturday, June 7th -www.bchistory.ca 
  • Harvest Your Family Tree conference in Kelowna in September put on every second year by the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society - http://www.kdgs.ca
  • Finding Your Roots annual conference in October in Surrey put on by the Surrey, Aldergrove and Vancouver Stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. - http://www.findingyourroots.ca

BACKUP Your Data today! It’s World Backup Day

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A bonus genealogy tip today – it’s World Backup Day, March 31st, so if you don’t already, arrange to backup your files automatically and regularly! No genealogist or family historian can afford to lose their hard won research or their pictures or other family files.

World Backup Day logo
If you are wondering how to do this, here’s an article one of my favourite techy people, Bob Rankin, just posted that gives advice and some free alternatives for backup - Free Online Backup and Software Options (at AskBobRankin.com – many more useful articles there.)   Continue reading

Mitochondrial DNA test on sale – only to April 1, 2014

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FamilyTree DNA will have its Full Sequence Mitochondrial (MtDNA) Test (or upgrades) on sale for a few days only, starting 28 March 2014.

Genetic genealogist CeCe Moore has an article today about this which includes some thoughts on benefits of MtDNA testing for genealogists.  Continue reading