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:

Friday, February 03, 2017

\winter Wander in Vancouver's Vanier Park, Sat. Feb 4th, 2017

The City of Vancouver Archives is once again participating in Winter Wander in Vanier Park.

On February 4, bring your family down to Vanier Park for a day of music, science, history and art - plus, enjoy local food vendors, entertainment, and have the chance to win great prizes.

For only $5.00, admission to the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives is included. 

Plus you can watch performances from the Young Shakespeareans from Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Academy of Music students, Gamelan Bike Bike, and listen to storytelling by Vancouver Public Library. 

New this year: play ball hockey in the Vancouver Archives parking lot, learn to fold origami and explore a giant wild migration map of Canada at MOV, the Museum of Vancouver.

Children 5 and under are free!

Purchase your ticket on the day of the event from the Museum of VancouverH.R. MacMillan Space Centre or the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Finding Your Roots - October 2016 - Surrey BC

Just the day for #genealogy! Today I'm at the annual Finding Your Roots seminar in Surrey, BC talking about genealogy and family history all day.

Are you registered for my 'Blogging Your Family History' session? Hope you downloaded your handout. If not, you still have time.

Looking for my Really Simple Geneablog Editorial Calendar?  Here is the download link. If you need this in another format, contact me.

Don't forget to let me know if you are interested in a hands-on session soon. Look for me at the BC Genealogical Society sales and display area.

Enjoy Finding Your Roots! It is a priceless genealogy experience.

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

The biggest genealogical event in BC is coming up next month with a great lineup of speakers and activities. I've been looking forward to this Kelowna and District Genealogical Society conference all year. I'll be speaking on Genetic Genealogy: Now it's for everyone and on Social Networking 101 for Family History

Other conference speakers include: Jamie Brown, Audrey Collins, Lisa Louise Cooke, Andrea Lister, Raymon Naisbitt, Dave Obee, Mary Kircher Roddy, Xenia Stanford and Nicole Watier.  

The BC Genealogical Society's Boutique will be there with books and other genealogical aids as will My Heritage and other genealogical organizations and vendors.

I just received this reminder about the conference - full of useful information. I'm often in Kelowna so I can say it is a fun place to visit and the weather is bound to be nice.  Plan to attend! 

"September is the perfect time to travel – the tourists have mostly gone home, the roads are in good condition and the weather is perfect!  What could be better?  Well, how about a Genealogy Road Trip?

Why not get a few friends together and come to Kelowna for the “Harvest Your Family Tree” Genealogy Conference, taking place from Sept. 23-25, 2016?  Sharing the costs and enjoying the companionship of like-minded friends is a wonderful way to see the countryside.

The Kelowna Inn & Suites is offering an unbelievable rate of only $79 per night (plus taxes), including breakfast, to our Conference registrants.  This is definitely budget-friendly, especially if you share the room with a friend or two.  The hotel is nicely appointed, has an on-site restaurant and is very conveniently located along Hwy. 97 halfway between the Friday and Saturday Conference venues. Hotel website: or call 1-800-667-6133 – be sure to tell them you are coming for the Genealogy Conference.  

While in Kelowna, enjoy our great shopping, many beautiful wineries, historic sites and get in some genealogy research at our KDGS Family & Local History Resource Centre and the other great archives and specialty libraries close-by.  Be sure to scoop up some freshly-picked apples to bring home, too!  

Go to the Conference pages at, then take a look at the “Staying in Kelowna” page for lots of great suggestions and website links.  You may also want to stay on a few days after the Conference to see the Royals:  Prince William, Duchess Kate and little George & Charlotte will be in Kelowna on Sept. 27th!!!

Register for our Conference: Don’t delay too long as some workshops are filling up quickly!"