Saturday, June 29, 2024


 It's almost time to celebrate Canada Day, July 1st! 

Canada Day at Kits Beach, courtesy of Christopher Porter, Flickr: CC By-NC=ND 2.0.

I've decided to turn over a new leaf during the celebrations - and will do my best to post more regularly here. It's been a very busy year here so far, and yes, I've done lots for genealogy - but rarely my own.

By the way, My Heritage has free access to their 135.4 million Canadian records this weekend (to July 2, 2024). Follow this link to Genealogy Bargains to get the info.  

I'll be at Eurofest at CountryFest in Maple Ridge with the Scandinavian Cultural Society, July 29th & 30th, at the Albion Fairgrounds.  Do come and chat with us!   See more about the Scandinavian Cultural Society:

Monday, March 11, 2024

One less hour in the day! But More Genealogy to Do...

 Well, as many will know, the past months have all been very busy - and no time for blogging or my own genealogy. January was a bit of a blur too, but March seems to be brighter, maybe with the 'time change'. 

Of course, I did attend RootsTech Conference last month, online, and that was fun. I'd surely like to attend in person one more time, so I should start saving my nickels. (No new pennies in Canada, and really not many nickels around every day either.)  

If by any chance you didn't attend RootsTech, go now online. Lots there to learn and do. All you need is to register for free: 

If you are looking at Scandinavian families, do attend the monthly Scandinavian Genealogy meetings in Burnaby at the Scandinavian Centre, usually the second Sat. of the month (but not in the summer). I am almost always there, and if you aren't able to come in person, we have a Zoom option. And soon enough it will be Midsummer Festival and our genealogy group will be there all weekend helping visitors find their families!

Coming up soon in April is the Spring semester at the Community Centred College for the Retired in Burnaby with a new set of Genealogy classes. I volunteer here and have been happily teaching genealogy for quite a while. Every semester is a little different depending on students' interests, experience and needs. The Spring class schedule will be online very soon. Enjoy a wide variety of classes from art to music, to computers, photography and writing, and more in between, including identifying family photos and postcards too. 

The Alan Emmott Centre in Burnaby, a heritage building and the home of the Community-Centred College for the Retired.

I'll post soon about more genealogy events coming soon!

Monday, May 01, 2023

VANCOUVER BC Canada – Genealogy Approved Websites and Resources – A Baker’s Dozen - April 2023 Day 13 - The Finish

Today is the end of our Baker's Dozen (13 Days) of Online Resources for Vancouver Genealogy Research.

These are 'tried and true'. But, of course, you will find information on Vancouver city and people all over the Internet. 

Here are just a few more examples. Hope one or them at least brings you new information!

Library and Archives Canada

Many of the LAC databases have info, for e.g. the World War I personnel files, the Immigrants from China, 1885-1949 database, the censuses, the book collection, and the maps. Not everything is digitized, but some are, for e.g.,

"Atlas of the city of Vancouver, 1912", Ricketts, Tascherreau & Co. Ltd., :1 atlas (24 pages): b&w ; 57 x 99 cm. Fire insurance plans, Copyright expired. Library & Archives Canada: R6990-915-0-E, Box number: 2000762000. 

Here is the main page for LAC searches currently. Don't forget to 'Search – Theses Canada' and 'Voila' too: 

The Internet Archive! Here's a favourite of mine. And one for fun! (Especially if you are a 'reader'.)

Souvenir of Vancouver, Album, Photographs, no date, Clarke and Stuart: Vancouver, BC, Canada. 

From the collections of Queens University in Toronto,  W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library. Downloadable:

The official catalogue of the books contained in the Free Library, Vancouver, BC, 1897
(from microfilm). Contributed by Digitizing Sponsor: University of Alberta Libraries. (Original in the Vancouver Public Library collections.) 
The catalogue was available for 10 cents then. Expensive. Downloadable:  

Don't forget the BC Archives. Many interesting Vancouver items in the Collections, as well as the larger provincial collections for Vancouver, for e.g., early police records, and wills - covered in an earlier post, Day 10.  

For items shown online, search with 'Digital Object Available'. 

A copy of this photograph is in the BC Archives and available online but it was damaged. Here it is shown as published in The Province, showing participants in the Canadian Pharmaceutical Convention held in Vancouver in August 1929 - men, women and children too. 

The BC Archives copy though has more information with it: " 'A.I. Commercial Photo Service Vancouver, B.C.' is embossed into the bottom right corner."  It seems to me. many, if not most, people will be recognizable in the newspaper photo, more than in the BC Archives copy. Best to look at both.

Pharmaceutical Convention August 1929, Vancouver, BC.
Pharmaceutical Convention, August 1929, Vancouver, BC. 16 Aug 1929, Friday,The Province (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) Courtesy, Newspapers.comThe BC Archives copy is titled: "Seventeenth Annual Convention of the Canadian Pharmaceutical Assn. at Grouse Mountain Vancouver, B.C. August 13 to 16, 1929", Public Domain, Accession number: 193501-001.