Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Genealogy in April - and a bit of reading...

Last month was a very busy month. Lots of #genealogy!

DNA, Irish research, researching women, and researching Canada were my favourite talks. I'm going to post some of my handouts later today.

For those who were in my "Using Findmypast for Irish Research" class at the Abbotsford Family History Day Seminar, here is an article on the project to recreate - virtually - the Public Records Office of Ireland which burned after an explosion at the Four Courts in June 1922. This massive and imaginative digital reconstruction is underway; the plan is to finish by 2022, the centenary of this disaster.

Trinity College Dublin is collaborating with the National Archives of Ireland - Cartlann Náisiúnta na hÉireann, The National Archives of the United Kingdom, The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and The Irish Manuscripts Commission.

You can already see what the Office building looked like before the fire at the Beyond 2022 website: https://beyond2022.ie/ 

"Digital project to recreate public record office destroyed by fire" by Philip Bromwell, updated 8 February 2018, RTÉ.ie, Raidió Teilifís Éireann.

Oh, and for me there was a Dewey 24- Hour Readathon last weekend. I only got a bit of reading done as I was busy teaching genealogy. Next time, I'll get through more books. I see more volunteers are needed to host hourly challenges. I'm sure I can do that

This year I'm participating in the 50 Book Pledge sponsored by The Savvy Reader. (I've read 108 so far.)

Join us next time in the Readathon - October 20, 2018! - read for one hour or 4 or the whole 24!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Dewey Readathon!

This weekend I'm reading! That won't be a surprise to many, but this is the fall Dewey 24 Hour Readathon weekend. Although I can't read the entire weekend, due to commitments, I'll read any minute I'm free starting a few minutes ago.

First book to read - New Orleans Mourning by Julie Smith.

1. I'm reading in British Columbia, Canada.
2. Nightsong by M. J. Rhodes is in my reading pile. I'm looking forward to reading this.
3. Snacks - mostly popcorn. Good for cold weather reading.
4. My favourite fun books are mysteries - mostly historical, women detectives, or, Scandinavians.
5. One thing I'm doing differently is to read some books on my Kindle app. Too many books in that TBR pile, same as the physical ones. But one can never have too many books!

Dewey Readathon - Year 10! http://www.24hourreadathon.com/ 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Women's History Month in British Columbia

Events scheduled for Women's History Month in BC - two of them this week.

October 12, 2017, Thursday - The Struggle for Women's Suffrage in British Columbia.- A Panel Discussion.  Free, but seating limited. 7 pm at the City of Vancouver Archives, 1150 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Panelists: Lara Campbell (Professor, Simon Fraser University), Class and Militancy in Vancouver and Victoria; Sherry Edmunds-Flett (Doctoral Candidate, Simon Fraser), Black Women, Suffrage, and Social Reform in Victoria and Vancouver;
Veronica Strong-Boag (Professor Emerita, UBC), Where was Democracy? The Struggle for Suffrage.
Moderator: Willeen Keough (Professor, Simon Fraser University).

October 14, 2017, Saturday - "Where are the Women in My Family History?' with M. Diane Rogers (yes, that's me!) starting at 3:30. Finding Your Roots Seminar, Surrey, BC. Free, but you do need to register: http://findingyourroots.ca/  This Seminar is all day and features 38 different family history and genealogy topics.

October 14, 2017, Saturday - Meeting the Moodys exhibit opens Oct. 14 to Nov. 25, 2017 at the Port Moody Station Museum. The exhibit showcases original letters and photographs from the Royal BC Museum on the time Mary and Richard Moody spent in British Columbia 1859–1863. October 14, 2-4 pm - Opening reception 
October 29, 2 to 3 p.m., Dr. Hilary Lewin, Exhibit Curator, will speak on "Making Memories: A History of Souvenir Albums". 
November. 5,  2-3 p.m., Dr. Jacqueline Gresko will speak on "Windows on the Past: Mary Moody’s letters on life in the Royal Engineer Camp 1859-1863". 
Museum website: http://portmoodymuseum.org/  Address: 2734 Murray St. Port Moody

POSTPONED - October 17, 2017, Tuesday -  Jolene Castillou Cumming shares 3 West End alley stories:
- “Indians at the Kitchen Door”
-   Emily Carr’s adventurous student field trips
-  Elwy’s Alley: How a 7 block long Vancouver Civic Asset came to be named after a 1915 U.S.A. Patented Toiletries. 6 pm at JJ Beans, just off of Davie St, on Bidwell, Vancouver.

October 29, 2017, Sunday - Women's History in the BC Archives (tentative title). 1-3 pm with Archivist, Genevieve Weber and panelists - author, Vanessa Winn and myself. At the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. Watch for info soon on the Royal BC Museum calendar: https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/calendar  BC Archives website: https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/bc-archives/visitor-information

Status of Women Canada has asked each of us to #claimyourplace on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to "celebrate the courageous women and girls who inspire you to #ClaimYourPlace.
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ClaimYourPlace and share photos, videos and words of inspiration."

Merna Forster is one of those inspiring Canadian women. Do visit her site right now - Heroines.ca A Guide to Women in Canadian History: http://www.heroines.ca

It doesn't appear the British Columbia government is interested this year (or last), but you might like to see the previous years' handouts.

If you know of other women's history events coming up, please let me know. Thanks!

Edited 10 Oct. 2017 - event added.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

BC Historical Federation Conference - Chilliwack, May 25-28, 2017

Coming up quickly in Chilliwack!

May 25-28, 2017 – BC Historical Federation (BCHF) Conference – Historical sessions, tours, workshops; AGM. 

Pre-conference workshops – download poster here 

Thursday – Two workshops - Archive Bootcamp; and Family Curator and Archivist: Taking Care of our Artifacts with BC Genealogical Society members Brenda Smith and M. Diane Rogers; 

Friday – Keynote; lectures; Book Fair; field trips: evening presentation: Grand Theft Terra Firma. 

Saturday – lectures, field trips, tours, gala dinner. 

Sunday – Little Mountain Cemetery Tour and Fraser and Harrison River Boat Tour. 

See the detailed schedule and Register at the BCHF website: http://www.bchistory.ca/conference/schedule-at-a-glance/