BCGS 2013 Family History Book Awards

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The British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Book Awards for 2013 were awarded on June 11th, 2014 in Burnaby, BC. The three winning authors were:

First – Evelyn Sangster Benson for A Century In A Small Town: One Family’s Stories (Westminster Publishing).

Second – Mack Bryson for A Cowboy’s Life: Memories of a Western Cowboy in an Empire of Grass (Friesen Press).

Third – Tom Lymbery for Tom’s Gray Creek, A Kootenay Lake Memoir, Part I: Early Years to 1945 (Gray Creek Publishing).

Nine books were submitted for consideration. Three of the authors were present; each gave a short reading from their book. Those present were all very impressed with the presentations, and the authors had an opportunity to sell their books. The authors present were Evelyn Sangster Benson, Mack Bryson and Ruth Derksen Siemens.

The evening ended with time to talk to each of the authors. All enjoyed strawberry shortcake, a feature of the evening.

Evelyn_Sangster_Benson-June2014-BCGS_Book_AwardsEvelyn Sangster Benson, June 2014, BCGS Family History Book Awards evening.

Ruth_Derksen_Siemens-June2013-BCGS_Book_AwardsRuth Derksen Siemens, June 2014, BCGS Family History Book Award evening.

Mack_Bryson-June2014-BCGS_Book_AwardsMack Bryson, June 2014, BCGS Family History Book Award evening.

The British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Book Award is awarded annually to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia families. For more information, see the BCGS Family History Award page or contact the Award Chair, Alice Marwood – Phone: 604 582 1548  E-mail: amarwood @ shaw.ca

Photographs courtesy Elizabeth Christie.

DNA Group News – FamilyTree DNA sale

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Father’s Day Sale at FamilyTreeDNA - to June 17, 2014 the price for Family Finder autosomal tests is reduced to $79 from $99 and the BigY test is $595.

If you had tested for Y-DNA with Ancestry previously, given that that company has announced abandoning all but autosomal testing, you may want to transfer your results to FamilyTree DNA for $19 and then upgrading the testing for a low additional cost – or you could look at taking a new test there. Roberta Estes has an article about this,  Transfer DNA Results or Retest at Family Tree DNA? Her Y-DNA recommendation is to transfer Ancestry results and to upgrade Y-DNA results at FamilyTreeDNA - just as soon as possible.

You may also want to read Debbie Kennett’s article posted today 12 June 2014 – Genetic Genealogy Hits the Big Time FamilyTreeDNA has now marked the ‘million’ milestone.

Finding DNA terms and intialisms confusing or annoying? Check out the information on the International Society for Genealogy Genealogy’s (ISOOG) website. There’s a glossary and a beginning section for newbies, as well as wide resources for all interested in using DNA results for genealogy.

BCGS General Meeting – June 11, 2014 – BCGS Book Awards and Strawberry Tea!

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BCGS Strawberry Tea - June 2013

 

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting will be Wednesday, June 11, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, in Burnaby, 6010 Kincaid Street.

See the Google map or download a printable map of the Danish Church’s location with directions.

 

This will be Announcement Night for the BCGS Family History Book Awards. Authors will be speaking about their books and books will be available to buy. Learn more about the BCGS annual Family History Book Awards hereContinue reading

BCGS Research Tip – June 2014

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This month’s British Columbia Genealogical Society’s research tip is:

Don’t always search ‘the same old way’ on every genealogical website.

Both speakers at the BCGS seminar last month had specific tips for searching some of the websites they discussed. For example, don’t always use that attractive ‘just enter your name’ search box. Check to see if there is an advanced search facility which will let you focus your search in certain collections, or on certain media, for instance, only in digitized documents or images.

And if you see search terms you’re not familar with, don’t hesitate to look for help. For example, the use of ‘Boolean’ search operators may be mentioned or recommended. Here’s a look at these – “What Does Boolean Search Mean” by Wendy Boswell, About.com.