Dave Obee speaking on Canadian immigration and writing your own history, West Vancouver, March 24, 2012

March 24th, 2012, 12:30 – 4 pm.

Dave Obee will be giving two genealogy presentations at West Vancouver Memorial Library (WVML). For more information, contact the West Vancouver Memorial Library.  WVML telephone: 604 925 7400

12:30 – 2pm  Destination Canada: Immigrating to Canada

Destination Canada — More than seven million people arrived in Canada from Europe, the United States and Asia between 1815 and 1930. This session deals with the wide variety of sources that deal with immigration to Canada, including ship passenger lists (available from 1865 through 1935), border crossing records, and naturalization and citizenship documents. Many of these sources have been indexed and placed online, making it possible to access them quickly and easily. It pays to know, however, the scope and limitations of those Internet resources, and how to obtain information from other sources. Includes a list of web sites to use. Dave is the author of the book Destination Canada.

2:30 – 4pm  Writing your Family History

Write Your Family History — One of the best ways to create a lasting memory of your ancestors is to tell the stories of their lives. While a genealogical chart can seem daunting (or even worse, boring) to a non-genealogist, a narrative is accessible. A well-written story will make other family members much more aware about, and more interested in, the research that you are doing. This talk — by a genealogist who has been a journalist since 1972 — includes some ideas that will help you get over your writer’s block. It might even inspire people to start writing more stories for the British Columbia Genealogical Society’s journal. Includes a list of Web sites to use.

Location: Welsh Hall, West Vancouver Memorial Library. 950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.

Registration not necessary.   WVML website: www.westvanlibrary.ca


BCGS Seminar with Dave Obee, 14 April 2012, Burnaby

Location: At the Danish Lutheran Church Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby.

Date/time: Saturday, 14 April, all day, 9am – 4 pm, (doors open 8:30am). Lunch and refreshments included.

Topics: See the Dave Obee seminar brochure for details of each talk.

Dave Obee, genealogy and family history instructor

Three sessions with Dave Obee.

  • The Great Canadian Census Quiz
  • The Geography of Genealogy
  • Tracing Forward to Find Distant Cousins


and a session on Genetic Genealogy – Now it’s for everybody with M. Diane Rogers.

The BCGS Boutique will be there too with genealogy books, research aids and novelties.


Early Bird Prices until March 26, 2012:

Tickets $45.00 for BCGS & Affiliate [Society] Members.
$52.00 for non-members (lunch & refreshments included).

From March 27th, the prices increase: $50.00 for BCGS & Affiliate (Society) Members; $60.00 for non-members.

To register, please contact Susan Snalam at 604-273-8209, email domers4 @ shaw.ca OR Lorraine Irving at 604-874-8748, email lorraine.irving42 @ gmail.com, and then send your cheque, made out to the BCGS, to PO Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC V6X 3T6 or pay at BCGS meetings. We will also accept payment by Visa or by PayPal via our website www.bcgs.ca. Ask about those options.