Friday, February 15, 2019

British Columbia reading - historical mysteries

Just for fun - today I'm recommending some mysteries which include British Columbia history.

Most of these authors have written other books you may like so explore the titles at your local library or bookstore.

Mysteries - all are set in BC

Stanley Evans – Outlaw Gold - about a 'pioneer' lawman in 1860s British Columbia.

Janice Kay Johnson - Winter of the  Raven - set in Queen Charlotte Islands, 1880s.

Sharon Rowse – The Silk Train Murder - a Vancouver, 1890s mystery.

Jim Christy – Nine O’Clock Gun - PI, 1945, Vancouver

Iona Wishaw – the newest* A Deceptive Devotion - set in a rural area near Nelson, BC, 1940s

Gwendolyn Southin - Death in a family way - a more recent Vancouver mystery, 1950s

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The #24in48 Readathon has begun!

Lots of genealogy things this week, including a surprise, but this weekend I'm reading!

I'm in the #24in48 Readathon this time. I was reading at midnight here when it started. Great for me as I had already obligations today and tomorrow. I can read my 24 hours anytime in the 48.  And, I can sleep a little.

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I'd saved up a few books for this - and am finishing two or three I'd started last week.

This morning I finished The Gown by Jennifer Robson. Canadian author, Canadian connections. I'll be recommending this to a friend today :-)
Here's one review from E J Levy at The Independent.

Visit the 24in48 Readathon website to learn more about this readathon.


The Gown by Jennifer Robson

On Vinyl by Lorenz Peters

Sewing Can Be Dangerous by S. R. Mallery

Jackal by Kelly Oliver

Mr. Flood's Last Resort by Jess Kidd

Julius Knipl, real estate photographer: The Beauty Supply District by Ben Katchor

That's a wrap for this 24in48 Readathon!

Updated Sunday, 27 January 2019

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Bout of Books 24 - January 2018

This week I've joined the 24th Bout of Books - a fun, self paced, low pressure reading challenge.

Visit the Bout of Books website to learn all about it: 

I'll list my books here but I will be tweeting books as I read.


Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death by Sally Spencer

Death By His Grace by Kwei Quartey

Ivory Veil and Murder by Harper Harris

Hygge: Discovering The Danish Art Of Happiness – How To Live Cozily And Enjoy Life’s Simple Pleasures by Olivia Telford

Dead & Breakfast by Colleen Mooney

When The Music's Over by Peter Robinson

In addition, I read 3 cookbooks at the BC Archives word for word - and took notes. More about these another time.


Murder by Milkshake by Eve Lazarus

The next #boutofbooks is May 13-19, 2019.

I was away from home for several days during this month's #boutofbooks. I hope to participate in more of the chats and challenges next time. Check out the BoutofBooks website here.

I am also participating in the #50BookPledge again this year; sponsored by The Savvy Reader.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Saturday, December 8, 2018, Burnaby – Genealogy Seminar Speakers

More about the Speakers at the December 8th genealogy Seminar in Burnaby, BC. Sponsored by the Guild of One-Name Studies. 

Space is limited; do register now.

[The Guild's website will be briefly unavailable the night of 22-23 November, due to maintenance, for approximately 60 minutes between 11:30 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. GMT. Read more at]

Seminar Speakers

Allan Ailo

Allan Ailo is a speaker on various aspects of heraldry as well as being a heraldic artist and illustrator. He has served the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada in several capacities, is the founding President of the Vancouver Branch and currently he’s the Heraldic Art Committee Chair on the National Board. 

Allan co-authored and illustrated a digital publication, “A Municipal Coat of Arms – Using Canadian heraldry in your visual identity program”.

M. Diane Rogers

Diane Rogers is happily teaching and researching genealogy and tackling family history mysteries all week long. She loves cemeteries, old newspapers and photographs, and has authored guides and articles on Canadian and BC genealogy and related topics, including postcards. She volunteers for the BC Genealogical Society (BCGS), the Guild of One-Name Studies (GOONS), the Virtual Genealogical Association (VGA), and the Vancouver Branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada and is President of the Vancouver Postcard Club and a Director and Editor of the BCGS.

She’s been researching local and women’s history since British Columbia’s Centennial in 1958 and her own family history seriously worldwide for over 20 years. She’s a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, teaches on-going genealogy classes, speaks around BC and internationally and she has registered studies with the Guild of One-Name Studies and the Society for One-Place Studies.

 Brenda L. Smith

Brenda Smith Is a writer and researcher in Maple Ridge. Presently she serves as Chair of the Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission, and is a founding member of the Maple Ridge Family History Group. She has developed and presented programs to teach research, organizational development, public speaking and theatre skills. She is a founder of Island Mountain Arts. Her experience in journalism includes Community Editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer.

She presents research methodology programs for libraries, museums and archives, family history societies and other interested groups. She teaches for the Cloverdale Genealogy Collection of Surrey Libraries, was a presenter at Harvest your Roots in Kelowna, developed Local Voices with partners at Maple Ridge Library and presented Spring Training Camp for Genealogists for the Kelowna and District Genealogical Society. and spoke at the 2015 American Historical Society of Germans from Russia convention in Billings, Montana.

Peter Whitlock

Peter Whitlock, a retired CPA, has more than fifty years experience with genealogical research.  He is a long-time member of the BC Genealogical Society, a Director, and one of their Past Presidents.  He has been a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies since it was founded in 1979.

His area of expertise is his One-Name Study of the Whitlock family plus he manages the Whitlock Family Association he founded in 1968 and has published the Whitlock Family Newsletter for more than thirty years and is webmaster of the & websites.

Mr. Whitlock has given many talks on genealogical subjects across British Columbia and in Salt Lake City.   His library catalogue of thousands of images of original documents has enabled Whitlocks and Whitlock descendants to accurately document their ancestry, many to the 1400’s.