Genealogy 101: Celebrating significant family dates

You may discover that a not too distant relative is about to celebrate a significant milestone

As your family tree starts to grow, not just with more names, but with more information about those who are related to you, you may discover that a not too distant relative is about to celebrate a significant milestone.  Perhaps a wedding anniversary or a birthday.

So, how to mark the occasion?  If they are Canadian, why not get them a certificate from the Premier, or the Queen?

You can find a list of links for a whole bunch of such certificates at the website: https://extranet.gov.bc.ca/forms/congratulatorymessages/ – a page which is specific to B.C. residents.   Following is a list of what you can receive.

Request a birthday/anniversary message from:

• Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

• Governor General of Canada

The Prime Minister of Canada

•Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

• Leader of the Official Opposition of British Columbia

• Member of the Legislative Assembly (M.L.A.)

If your relative is a U.S. citizen, how about a letter from the White House?

For that, go to: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/presidential-greetings-request – and follow the instructions on that page.

And don’t forget that if they live right here in Barriere, the District of Barriere also will do up a certificate.  Go to their website: http://barriere.ca/siteengine/activepage.asp?PageID=80 – this is a great page to bookmark, as you can request a certificate for all sorts of significant events, not just birthdays and anniversaries.

For more information about this or any other genealogy topic, contact Margaret Houben at 250-672-9330, or attend the next Genealogy Group meeting.