BCIT Retirees' Association

Phone: (604) 451-6716 | 3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2 | Email: info@bcitra.ca


BCITRA Family History Group

What is the Family History Group about?

The Family History Group meets the first Wednesday of each month from January through June and in October and November at 7:00 pm. Our meetings are open to all and not just BCITRA members. All friends and members of the BCIT community are most welcome to join us.

Our meetings are very informal and light refreshments are available. Assistance is available for those who may just be starting on family research, and we have a number of members with some experience in both North American and European research.

Presently the majority of those doing research are mainly interested in the British Isles and North America, but we welcome all, no matter in which part of the world your interests may lie, and expertise in other areas would be invaluable.

For those who are new to Family History, there are a number of lessons available for free on the internet. This one, "Beginner's Guide to Family History Research", starts at a fairly basic level but is also complete with overviews, details, glossary, reources, etc. There are many other tutorial sites on the web which can be found simply by doing a search for "genealogy tutorials" or something similar. You'll be amazed at what an active 'hobby' this is worldwide.

The Burnaby location of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Family History Centre at 5280 Kincaid (near Royal Oak) is very convenient for people in the Greater Vancouver area. It is open four days a week with very helpful volunteer staff. Phone (604) 299-8656 for more information and to confirm their opening hours.

For more information please send an email to alan_barnard@telus.net, or phone 604-299-7155

Useful Family History Links

A site with very many useful links. Introduction to Genealogy
Possibly more information than you ever wanted to know available here. Medical terms - Old & New
Many "volunteers" to help with your research, for a fee. Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

The focus is on BC, but there is also support for other groups in the world … British Columbia Genealogical Society
The BCVSA has records of births, deaths, & marriages since 1872. British Columbia Vital Statistics (Genealogy)
Combines Cdn. Genealogy Ctr., National Archives & National Library in one site. Canadian Genealogy Centre
Lots of good information and help for beginners Ontario Genealogical Society
Promoting the study of genealogy in Quebec and other areas. Quebec Family History Society
An active Society with many special interest groups Victoria Genealogical Society

United Kingdom & Ireland
Search 32,000,000 people! Search 6,000,000 Properties! 1901 Census on-line
Every adventure needs a guide with knowledge. And that's just what Ancestral Scotland is. Ancestral Scotland
This area covers the old counties of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Kincardineshire and Morayshire. Aberdeen & N.E. Scotland Family History Society
Records of local births, marriages and deaths back to 1837. Cheshire, England, Births Marriages & Deaths
The Gazetteer of British Place Names is a unique source of geographical information. Gazetteer of British Place Names
Covers areas around Stockport, Hazel Grove, Sale, Bramhall, Hyde, Knutsford, Macclesfield, &hellip Genealogy UK and Ireland (GENUKI)
The official government source of genealogical data for Scotland. Scotland's People
Supports family history research in Lancashire. Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society
Holds the records of the modern Irish state. National Archives of Ireland
The main archive for sources of the history of Scotland as a separate kingdom, … National Archives of Scotland
If you're interested in Family History, Military History or History in general … National Archives of the UK
Internet access to the written history of Scotland. Scottish Archive Network
Covers all areas in and around Hyde, Stalybridge, Mottram in Longdendale, Sale, Wilmslow, Knutsford and Macclesfield. North Cheshire Family History Society
The Suffolk Family History Society was founded at Lowestoft in 1975. Suffolk Family History Society
The Association of British Counties (ABC) is a society dedicated to promoting awareness … Association of British Counties

United States
More than 236,250 categorized and cross-referenced links. Cyndi's List of Genealogical Sites.
A multitude of resources and information to search through. National Archives and Records Administration
Interesting site not only for the searches but also the history of the facility. Ellis Island - American Immigration History Centre
A list of links. Roots Web
Founded in 1894 to gather genealogical records … The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Keeping Internet Genealogy Free. USGenWeb

Traditional Chinese clans identified the "generation seniority" of clan members using "generation poems. Chinese Generation Names
If you're having trouble translating; try this … Google Translator
If you're not fluent in French; try this link. Le Centre de généalogie francophone d'Amérique
Browse through hundreds of links in the Coat of Arms database as well as … German Genealogy
Italians Involved in the Barbary Wars were over shadowed by the Napoleonic wars which could … Italian Genealogy Home Page

Genealogical Retail Outlets
More related things: Books, maps, charts, software, etc. Global Genealogy & History Shoppe (Ontario)/td>

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