This year, 2020 , the British Columbia Genealogical Society turns 49 years old ! I wonder what our founding Mothers & Fathers would think of how the Society has grown and improved these past few decades. I do know that researching our family histories has certainly changed over this time.
In the beginning, the monthly meetings were held in Richmond, BC – which is why we still have our Richmond post office box address. We have changed our meeting venue and moved our library a few times over the years. Records weren’t computerized such as they are now, and researching a census record on microfilm took about an hour to go through – being as the record you sought was in the last few frames of the film ( Murphy’s law of family history ). Filling out information on forms was the way that we tracked all those important bits and pieces that we discovered. And of course, the letter writing to all and sundry as we searched far and wide.
Today, we have so much information at our fingertips (via our keyboards). In fact, so much information is available, that it is sometimes mind-boggling, and you wonder how you can possibly keep up with all the new records and methods that seem to spring up each day. And now we have DNA added to the mix. What an amazing tool this has become in our arsenal and quest!
What hasn’t changed is the need to suss out the information that we might have in our own homes, or in the intriguing collections of older relatives and stacks of family photos that need identification. So why not make this year, your year to get organized? Reach out to those relatives, tackle that pile of paper on your desk, scan those photos and documents, or write up the story of one of your ancestors – and then enter our 2020 Most Improved Genealogy Contest !
On behalf of the Board of Directors , we’d like to wish our members and their families, a Very Happy New Year . And don’t forget, if you run into a brick wall, Just Ask Us !