Thursday, March 18, 2010

Genealogy/Family History Events Coming Up in BC - Free Draw

The sun is shining, spring is almost here, and so many genealogical and family history events are coming up soon in British Columbia. All are reasonably priced or even free.

Since these will be great events (and I'm involved in a number of them - one way or another), I want to highlight them. And already there are several interesting events scheduled for the fall, so watch for more about those later.

The first event, sessions on using the One-Step Webpages for genealogy research with Stephen Morse, is SOLD OUT!

But I have two tickets to give away. If you're a local reader, and you comment on any of my blog posts, including this one, by Sunday, March 21, your name will go in this draw. No spam though! Let me know you're interested in attending the seminar, and let me know how to reach you too. (You can e-mail me at with contact info, but be sure to comment on the blog too.)


March 28, 2010, Sunday, Stephen Morse Seminar, BC Genealogical Society and the Jewish Genealogical Institute of BC, Vancouver, BC.

SOLD OUT! Afternoon seminar with Stephen Morse, creator of the One-Step Webpages searches for genealogy. His One-Step Webpages are a must for many kinds of genealogical research, for instance, passenger lists and census searches, as well as for more specialized searches, for example, in Eastern European research. Information:

April 8, 2010. Thursday, "Destination Canada", Victoria Genealogical Society.

"Destination Canada: A genealogist’s guide to immigration records". Dave Obee will discuss his new book, (now available from the BC Genealogical Society Boutique), and Victoria material not in the book. 7:30 pm. Visit Dave Obee’s website at and the Victoria Genealogical Society:

April 13, 2010, Tuesday, Canadian Church Records, Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library.

Canadian Church Records - learn about a very useful source of information in Canada, especially for research before civil registration begins in Canadian provinces. Tuesday, April 13, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, Meeting Room 492, Level 4. Register ahead; telephone 604-331 3716. More information -

April 10, Women’s History Fair, Vancouver, Women’s History Network of British Columbia. Free!

Over 20 displays illustrating British Columbia women’s history – with participation from museums and archives, women’s organizations, historical societies and cultural groups. The BC Genealogical Society will be there with a display on Researching Female Ancestors. Free; no registration needed. 1-4 pm. Promenade, Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library. Co-sponsored by the Vancouver Courier newspaper, the Special Collections Department of the Vancouver Public Library and the Herstory Cafe. More information:

April 10, 2010, Saturday, Ukrainian Cultural Afternoon, Cloverdale Branch, Surrey Public Library.

Ukrainian Roots session with speaker Vera Shpolyansky. 12:30 to 2 pm. Pre-register. Call 604-598-7328 or see more information at:

April 17, Saturday, Finding Your Female Ancestors, Cloverdale Branch, Surrey Public Library.

Finding Your Female Ancestors: Paper Trails and DNA.

Morning seminar - speakers M. Diane Rogers and Laurie J. Cooke. Diane Rogers, President of the British Columbia Genealogical Society and Secretary of the Women's History Network of BC, is a well experienced sleuth when it comes to tracking down elusive female ancestors. Laurie J. Cooke, Cloverdale Genealogy Librarian, is quite obsessed with DNA for Genealogy – especially if it can help establish maternal lineage without the advantage of surnames.
Learn how to locate and honour your own female ancestors with some excellent research tips and the latest on using DNA for maternal lines. 10:30 am-12. Pre-registration required. Call 604-598-7328 or see more information at:

April 17, 2010, Saturday, Family History Fair, Nanaimo Family History Society.

Family History Fair with speaker Else Churchill of the Society of Genealogists, London, England, and as well a session on Legacy Family Tree software. More than 20 exhibitors from BC including the BC Genealogical Society’s Boutique. All day, Beban Park Social Centre, Nanaimo. Register now – details:

May 2-4, 2010, Family History Weekend with Dave Obee, at Painter's Lodge, Vancouver Island.

A three day course with Dave Obee, well known British Columbia genealogist and regional historian. Dave will teach you how to add to your family history with research in local history and social history, as well as how to use a wide variety of family history sources. At Painter’s Lodge on Vancouver Island near Campbell River. May 2 – 4. Register now – see

May 6-8, 2010, BC Historical Federation Conference, Vancouver.

Family History in British Columbia Workshop, with Dave Obee.
Be better prepared to research the rich history of British Columbians. Of interest to
historical researchers as well as genealogists, this workshop will identify the most important sources for family historians, and help to explain some of the differences between British Columbia and the rest of Canada, as well as the differences between regions of the province. It closes with a session on how to compile information, making it more accessible to others.
To register, see the BC Historical Federation conference webpages: or call 604-466-2636. See Dave Obee's website as well:

Conference - May 6-8. Transportation is the theme! Streetcar tour, behind the scenes visits to museums and archives, Mountain View Cemetery tour. Plaza 500 Hotel, Vancouver. To register, see the BCHF conference webpages: or contact Barbara Coles: or 604-878-9140.

Free conference Book Fair, featuring authors, book sellers, publishers and heritage groups. Co-ordinated by the BC Genealogical Society, Thursday, May 6th from 6-10 pm and Friday, May 7th from 8 am-5 pm, Plaza 500 Hotel. See for more details.

May 8, 2010, Saturday. Learn to make Digital Collages. Cloverdale Branch, Surrey Public Library.

Fast and Easy Digital Collages using Picasa, with Laurie J. Cooke, 10:30-11:30 am. Call 604-598-7328 or see more information at:

May, 2010, Victoria Genealogical Society Seminar, Victoria.

Featuring Lady Teviot of Census Searches, and a Fellow of the Federation of Family History Societies. Details soon: Census Searches website:

June 3-6, 2010, United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada conference, Vernon, BC.

The UELAC conference includes a look at British Columbia’s pioneer history and the role of United Empire Loyalist descendants in the province. Conference webpage:


ChristmasStar said...

Wow! Diane, you are a powerhouse of interesting genealogy information! Thanks for the extensive links to upcoming events and you do indeed look like 'Half Pint' from Little House on The Prairies, in your younger days! Keep smiling!

Michelle Lefebvre said...

So sad, I was looking forward to attending the April 13 session, but it's already full. Looks like I need to register extra early for these :)


M. Diane Rogers said...

That is too bad, Michelle. Usually the VPL classes do fill up quickly, I think. Sometimes if there is enough interest, they offer another session though, so I'll cross my fingers.