There is a BCGS Downtown Vancouver Group meeting today – we are back to the 7th floor Board Breakout Room – starting at 1 pm.
The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 11 September, 2013, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
Group Sessions after the general meeting will be:
Scottish Group -with George Caldwell
Computer Group -What comes now after PAF, or not? Join us for a discussion on genealogy software choices.
See a printable map of the Danish Church area with directions here.
The photograph above shows an 1897 school class in front of the West End School at the corner of Burrard Street and Barclay Streets in Vancouver, BC.
The people were identified as principal Robert Fraser and students: Robert Gilmour, T.S. Dixon, Walter B. Ellis, William Stark, Robert Arnett, Pennie Gibb, Maud Curry, Jennie Anstie, Percy Barnett, Arthur Lett, Ernest Dickie, George Wilson, Gordon Harris, Ponsford, Claude Thieke, Bessie Menzies, Elsie Knowles, Maud Munro (Mrs. Robert Telford), Margartet Muir, , Edith Godfrey, Olive Preston, Elsie Curry, Margaret Muir, Edith Godfrey, Olive Preston, Elsie Curry, Ethel Burns, Fanny McQueen, Helen Peck, Pearl Musgrove, Maggie Knowles, Elsie Carr, Hattie Mackay, Edna Cook and others. William Stark, one of these students, donated the photograph to the City Archives in 1939.
Photograph courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives, AM54-S4-: Sch P37.
According to the Brief History of Schools in Vancouver by Val Hamilton, West End School operated from 1897 to 1907 and was also called Old Burrard Street School and Dawson Primary. It was replaced by Aberdeen.
Enter the BCGS Bring-A-Friend Membership Contest!
All current BCGS members are eligible for one entry for each full membership (not associate memberships) they sign up from August 2013 to January 9, 2014.
Three Prize Baskets will be awarded at the June 2014 meeting by draw.
New memberships taken out now will run from September 2013 to December 2014 so this is a nice bonus for the new members too.
See the Bring-A-Friend Membership Contest page for the Contest Membership Application Form.
The BCGS Members’ Tip for September 1st is: Stop; Go Back in Time!
When you come up against a genealogical brickwall, or see there seems to be a problem in a family line you’ve researched, stop. Take the time to go back and review your past work and the documents and other sources you relied on.
Sometimes a clue will be found in the details of documents you’ve already looked at, perhaps a surname that could be a married daughter’s husband’s, or a place name that might be a birthplace. When you first looked at the documents, other details may have seemed more important, or the names unfamilar.
Stopping to review your research can be very rewarding.
News from the Surrey, British Columbia, Family History Center -
The Surrey Family History Centre is now on regular hours of opening which are:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 9 pm
Wednesdays from 10 am to 6 pm
Location: 6270 126 St. Surrey, BC
Phone: 604 597 9695
Family History Center volunteers will help you with finding your ancestors and entering them in Family Tree at FamilySearch.org Many new resources are available.
Groups are welcome; book by calling Jeannie Vance at 604 536 7571 or emailing her at vance51792 @ shaw.ca
Family Tree Patron Seminar – Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 – two sessions: one at 7 pm and another at 8 pm – Family Tree is available to everyone.
This class is for people who have never used Family Tree; it will be a hands on class with several people to assist you. Registration limited to 9 people per session. It will be best if you go to www.familysearch.org and register prior to the class. If you can’t do that you need to bring the username and password that you use to access your email from a webmail server. You need this to activate the FamilySearch account. You will learn how to navigate around the Tree and how to add information.
You must bring as much as you know about the first 2 generations of ancestors. To link you to your pedigree you need to get back to someone no longer living.
Finding Your Roots Seminar, October 19, 2013, all day. See the speaker schedule at the website. Registration available soon.
Update – 10 September 2013.
If you missed the ‘live’ National Archives of the USA’s virtual Genealogy Fair this week – it was great! - you will be able to see most of the presentations free on-line. Check the NARA Genealogy Fair website for information and links. Handouts are posted there. http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair
The videos for the two days of NARA’s Genealogy Fair are now available to view: http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives
Originally posted 26 August 2013
in Washington, DC, USA, NARA, the National Archives, USA, is having its first ever virtual Genealogy Fair, September 3-4, 2013, featuring live chat & lectures. Genealogy Fair details: http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair
We’ll be ‘attending’ the Fair at the BCGS Library in Surrey BC from 10 am to 1 pm (our time) both days, so come & join us. Bring your laptop if you have one. There’s WIFI available.
We’ll have coffee, tea and some sweets, and if you’d like lunch, you can either bring one or pick something up at a nearby coffee shop or store.
The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will be open 10 am to 3 pm on Tuesday as usual, and both days you’ll have access to the Library’s collections and to the on-line databases available, including American Ancestors, Ancestry Library Edition, and the Genealogical Research Library.
If you are too far away to join us in person, watch for us on Twitter bcgs_ca and Facebook. Watch and comment on the Twitter feed already right here at the www.bcgs.ca home page – on your right. The NARA Genealogy Fair hashtag is #genfair2013 We’re sure many genealogists and family historians will be participating on-line.
The BCGS Walter Draycott Library is located at 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC.
Regular hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10-3, except holidays.
Telephone: 604 502-9119