13 July 2008

BCGS open house and family history research week

British Columbia and Alberta have progressive genealogy and family history societies and their major public libraries are strong in genealogical resources.

The two western provinces are also home to some of Canada's most prominent genealogists. One will be in Ottawa as theme speaker for the annual BIFHSGO conference in September.

Two librarians from the area are on the committee for the Genealogy and Local History for All: Services to Multicultural Communities conference next month in Ottawa.

A posting by M Diane Rogers' on her blog gives another example. The British Columbia Genealogical Society is running a Family History Research Week, July 21-26, 2008. The focus topics for the first three days are in the UK and Ireland. Here are the details from the BCGS website:

Walter Draycott Resource Centre & Library, #211- 12837 76th Avenue, Surrey, B.C.
(76th Avenue and 128th Street)
Call 604 - 502-9119, Library Administrator: Betty Allen

OPEN HOUSE, July 20th, in the afternoon, 2 - 4 pm.
Free all week. See what’s available in your area, or ask us for some assistance.
The Society’s Resource Centre & Library in Surrey, B.C., contains over 12,000 genealogical & family history related books and periodicals, microfilmed records, CDs & clipping & card files compiled by the Society, including one of 100,000 entries on past British Columbia residents. For more information, please call the Library 604 - 502-9119

The Weeks agenda

Monday - Scotland;
Tuesday - Ireland;
Wednesday - England and Wales;
Thursday - Canada;
Friday - USA;
Saturday - all others - Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

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