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In August a number of our members dressed in period clothing and participated in Brigade Days at Fort Langley. This is a popular event when hundreds of people converge on the Fort where you can learn to spin wool, pan for gold, see how laundry was done in bygone days or wander through the old buildings. After lunch, many of the participants were led by a piper through the streets of the historic town of Fort Langley, ending at the Fraser River.

Canoes carrying re-enactors came down the river from Mission and recreated the original landing at Fort Langley. We rounded out our day with a picnic lunch under the shade of an old tree, providing some relief from the hot sun.

Our Fall meetings began in September with guest speaker, Carston Cramer Tylor. Carston was chosen by the Vancouver Branch as a regional winner in the B.C. Heritage Fair for his project on The War of 1812. His presentation to the Vancouver Branch was excellent and he displayed his knowledge about this subject when fielding questions from his audience. It would have been difficult NOT to get caught up in Carston's enthusiasm--a delightful young student.

Our October guest speaker cancelled so members brought "Research Books and Internet Research Sites" to share with others. There is never enough time for one of these "sharing" meetings.

Marlene Dance UE of the Chilliwack Branch spoke at our November meeting. Her presentation, "Finding a Lost Home Child," was excellent as she is very knowledgeable on this subject and quite riveting as a speaker. Marlene could relate her presentation on Home Children to her own research pertaining to a family member.

Close to a dozen members attended the annual "Finding Your Roots Tri-Stakes Seminar" at the Family History Center in Surrey. Classes are held throughout the day and address such topics as Chinese Genealogy, Dating Old Photographs, Constructing a Family History in the Maritimes, Legacy, Scrap Booking and much more. This year there was an especially large crowd at this event and that meant even more curious people at our display than usual.

Despite torrential rains, a number of members attended the Remembrance Day Ceremony in New Westminster. President Carl Stymiest UE and Secretary Diane Faris UE placed a wreath at the Cenotaph. Later we met at a local restaurant for lunch.

Once again the Drakes hosted our Christmas Social at their home, beautifully decorated for Christmas.




Photos & Text: Linda Nygard UE, Branch Genealogist
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Title Annotation:Branch News HIGHLIGHTS; United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada's branch in Vancouver, British Columbia
Author:Nygard, Linda
Publication:The Loyalist Gazette
Geographic Code:1CBRI
Date:Mar 22, 2012
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