Abraham Lincoln’s Legacy in British Columbia

The Government of British Columbia has invited citizens to collaborate on the preparation of a letter to mark the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death.  “The letter will be paired with a previous letter of condolences sent by the Governor and Legislature of the Colony of Vancouver Island to the United States in 1865 following President Lincoln’s assassination.”

“Comments and stories from British Columbians, especially those whose heritage is connected to Lincoln and the legacy he created” are welcome. The submission deadline date is February 28, 2015. See more details and comment on the new website: Abraham Lincoln – His Legacy in British Columbia

Rootstech Conference – Feb 12-14, 2015 – Free live sessions on-line

Rootstech 2015 Update – February 2015 – A number of the Rootstech 2015 sessions are available now to watch free on-line. Go to http://www.rootstech.org/video/4050134760001  to see these. Handouts are available for most of the conference sessions at http://www.rootstech.org/About/syllabus?lang=eng

Don’t miss Rootstech 2015!

A number of sessions from the Rootstech conference in Salt Lake City will be streamed live starting Thursday morning, February 12th and continuing till Saturday, February 14th. Here is the 2015 Rootstech streaming schedule.

Sessions will be available from the Main Rootstech website page. The syllabus materials for Rootstech sessions are on-line and downloadable too.

The FamilySearch blog has  5 Tips to Ensure a Pleasant Live Stream Experience.

Many attendees, whether on site or virtual will be discussing the sessions and #genealogy on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and other social sites. Official Hashtag – #RootsTech

Join the BCGS CelticFest Parade group, Mar. 15, 2015

Vancouver’s CelticFest is getting closer. We’re looking for many more BCGS members to join our St. Patrick’s Day marching group on Sunday morning, March 15th in downtown Vancouver.  We’ll be wearing the green, shiny shamrocks and lots of plaid.

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will follow the same route as in 2014, beginning on Howe and Davie Streets, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia, and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets. It’s a very easy walkable route. Here’s the CelticFest Parade Map. And we lunch afterwards together with our good friends from the United Empire Loyalists of Canada. Contact M. Diane Rogers to join our parade group.

Some 200,000 people are expected to be right there watching the parade this year. There’s lots of free entertainment both Saturday and Sunday and many other events and activities. See the CelticFest Vancouver website for details.

 

Website Updates

Over the next few days, there will be some updates to website forms and indexes, in case you notice anything different (or odd).

Hope to have this all tied up in time for the Family Day holiday weekend. A perfect time to interview all the relatives.

Enjoy the holiday everyone.

BCGS Legacy Family Tree software group

From now on, the BCGS Legacy Family Tree software group will meet every 2 months. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Location: BCGS Library, 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC.

Time: every second month, on the 4th Tuesday, from 1-3 pm.

Upcoming 2015 Dates: March 24, May 26, July.28.

Questions? Contact the facilitators, Marianne Soltau or M. Diane Rogers. E-mail bcgs@bcgs.ca or leave a message at the Library 604 502 9119.

For those wanting a first look, Legacy has an introductory video on-line free – Legacy [8] for Beginners The Legacy website has help sections and answers to Frequently Answered Questions.

At meetings, we learn from each other, demonstrating, and asking questions. Some of our members are using associated programmes, for example, Families, which is for mobile devices.