BCGS Librarians Honoured by BC Historical Federation

Each year, the British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) awards Certificates of Recognition to individual members of BCHF Member Societies who have given exceptional service to their organization or community either for a specific project or for long service in the preservation of British Columbia’s history.

The Award of Recognition, presented to BCGS Library Administrator Betty Allen, at the BCHF Conference Banquet, Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at the Coast Hotel in Chilliwack, acknowledges the efforts of the librarians who have created and served the BC Genealogical Society’s library from 1971 to the present. Over a period of 46 years, the librarians have guided the society and grown one of the province’s premier genealogical libraries.

Shannon Bettles, the Federation’s Recognition Committee Chair said,

“Congratulations on your Award of the British Columbia Historical
Federation’s Certificate of Recognition. Your interest and activities in preserving and promoting British Columbia’s colourful history is very much appreciated.”

 The BC Genealogical Society’s Library Heads listed from 1971 are:

1971-72 Joanne Hughes – first official BCGS Librarian – Sept 1971
1972-73 Maureen Hyde
1973-75 Alice Marwood
1975-76 Merle Smith
1976-77 Mary Elizabeth Davidson and Mary Hardy Knox
1977-84 Alice Marwood
1984-87 Beryl Hoeppner
1987-1990 Valerie Melanson
1990-91 Ruth Blue
1991-97 Tom and Margaret Steele
1997-2003 Barbara Monasch
2004 –  Betty Allen

Maureen Hyde, one of BCGS’s very first librarians, was also at the Banquet. Four BCGS-BCHF members supported the nomination, Jacqueline Gresko, Cathy Magee, M. Diane Rogers, and Brenda M. Smith. Jacqueline, Diane and Brenda were present at the banquet, as were BCGS members Ron Hyde, Kenneth Livingstone, BCGS First Vice-President, and Erica Williams. Alice Marwood’s years of service to the BCHF were remembered at the Federation’s AGM “In Memoriam”.

Learn more about the history of the BC Genealogical Society Library, in 1996 named as the Walter Draycott Memorial Library – read Sylvia Pencer’s article on-line “The History of the B. C. G. S. Resource Library” (2005).

The BCGS Walter Draycott Memorial Library in Surrey, BC, is open year round, 3 days a week, to members and other researchers. See the Library’s main webpage for details, catalogues, etc.

Read about all the BC Historical Federation’s 2017 Awards and see conference photos at the Federation’s website www.bchistory.ca

BCGS Family History Book Awards – 2016 Winners

The BC Genealogical Society announced the winners of the 2016 Family History Book Awards tonight at the annual Book Award Presentation and Strawberry Tea evening held June 14, 2017 in Burnaby.

First Prize – Tom’s Gray Creek Part II: Years of Change, 1946 to 1980 by Tom Lymbery with Frances Roback (Gray Creek Publishing, 2016). Learn more about Tom and his book in this Nelson Star article

Second Prize – Isolated Burials in the Central Okanagan with Genealogies and Local History by Susan D. Campbell and Robert Michael Hayes (Kelowna and District Genealogical Society, 2016). Read about this project at the Kelowna Daily Courier

Third Prize – Ootsa Lake Odyssey: George and Else Seel – A Pioneer Life on the Headwaters of the Nechako Watershed by Jay Sherwood (Caitlin Press, 2016). See more about the book at BC BookLook – review by Sage Birchwater

New Coat of Arms for BCGS

Friday evening was very special as the New BCGS Coat of Arms was unveiled.

The official presentation by Robert Watt, and keynote speaker Dave Obee, not to mention the lovely refreshments by Peter & Patrick, made for a memorable event.

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Robert D. Watt, LVO, AIH, FRHSC, former Chief Herald of Canada and current Rideau Herald Emeritus of Canada

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Robert Whitlock, Eunice Robinson, Judith Ueland, Robert D. Watt, Unveiling British Columbia Genealogical Society arms, June 9, 2017.

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British Columbia Genealogical Society Arms, unveiled June 9, 2017