Friday, February 1, 2013

Quebec Anglophone Heritage Workshop

An invitation has gone out to the general public to attend a workshop will be held at Wakefield, Quebec titled “Running a successful small museum from A to Z”

The speaker will be Heather Darch, Curator, Missisquoi Museum. She is a curator and musicologist who brings with her a wealth of experience and practical information that will be of use to anyone working to start and maintain a small community museum.

This workshop, which will be given in English, will touch upon a broad range of issues, from revenue-generating to collections management, from staffing to displaying artefacts, from attracting volunteers to working with a board of directors, from opening… to staying open.

The workshop will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

(Note: in the event of heavy snow or freezing rain, this event will be held on Friday, March 22, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 .p.m.) at the Fairbairn House Heritage Centre, 45 Wakefield Heights, Wakefield, Quebec.

The cost will be free to board members, staff and volunteers affiliated with museums, historical societies and other heritage groups, but registration will be required.

Please contact QAHN at, or call 819.564.9595, or toll free at 877. 964.0409.

Genealogy Education in the Greater Vancouver Area

There are a number of educational opportuntes this year in the Greater Vancouver area that may be of inerest to you. They are -

Cloverdale Library - Instructor Brenda Smith teaches both “Start Searching your Family History: A Beginners' Workshop in 5 Lessons” and “Start Writing your Family History: A Communications Workshop in 5 Lessons”.

To go to their Family History page, click on to and to see the program she is offering, click on to

College for the Retired, Burnaby - M. Diane Rogers teaches 2 courses – both 8 week sessions, “Genealogy 202″ for beginners and those returning to genealogy after a period away from research, and “Internet Genealogy” for those wanting to learn how to best use Internet resources, including hands-on experience with

To see the two courses Diane is teaching, go to!courses/vstc1=geneology

Maple Ridge - Instructor Rob Whitlock’s evening course through Ridge Meadows College in Maple Ridge, “Find Your Family Tree: An Introduction to Genealogy” will run first, January 31-February 21, and next, from May 14-June 4, 2013.

To go to Maple Ridge College, click omn to

New Westminster Continuing Education - M. Diane Rogers will teach an all day “Introduction to Genealogy” seminar through New Westminster Continuing Education, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

To see the General Interest Courses, go to

Or you can go to the British Columbia Genealogical Society at their blog

WorldCat and FamilySearch Announce Partnership

An interesting press release was received by the office this morning that will see “services with data from both organizations to provide users with more resources for improved genealogy research”.

This is amazing news! Congratulations to both organizations.

“Under this new partnership, OCLC (World Cat) will incorporate data from FamilySearch’s catalog of genealogical materials into WorldCat, and FamilySearch will use OCLC cataloging services to continue to catalog its collections in WorldCat. FamilySearch will also use the WorldCat Search API to incorporate WorldCat results into search results returned by FamilySearch genealogy services.

FamilySearch, historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and preservation of family histories and stories, introducing individuals to their ancestors through the widespread access to records, and collaborating with others who share this vision.

WorldCat is the world’s most comprehensive database of library materials. Updated at a rate of nearly one new record every second, WorldCat is a cooperatively-created catalog of items held in thousands of libraries worldwide, including public, academic, state and national libraries; archives; and historical societies. These libraries have cataloged their regular collections as well as many special collections—including digitized materials—devoted to local history. This makes WorldCat an indispensible tool for genealogy research”.

WorldCat is located at, while FamilySearch is at