After running an online Pharos course chat session yesterday morning, I spent the rest of the day having a wee dander around the place, with my host Donna Fraser, and visited several local attractions of interest. We stopped off at Cathedral Grove, where there is a stunning forest of Douglas firs, named after the Scottish botanist David Douglas (1799-1834). The trees can live for over 800 years, but a storm just a few years ago saw several of the giants blown down, through a strong wind known in the local native language as a 'qualicum', hence the name of the area (not averse to seeing such winds from time to time!).
From a genealogical point of view we also visited the LDS family history centre at Qualicum Beach (https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Qualicum_British_Columbia_Family_History_Centre), where I met and spoke to Joe Forsyth, a volunteer from the north of England who is one of their most experienced researchers. The centre is located at 591 Arbutus Street in Qualicum Beach (tel: 250-752-2233), and has a host of predominantly British based resources for ancestral research, with access also to several worldwide based websites such as the main records vendors (Ancestry, FMP, My Heritage, TheGenealogist etc), as well as sources I have not used so much, such as NewspaperArchive.com, which has several US, British, and Irish titles amongst its holdings. You can book the computers for two hour periods, there are also microfilm readers available, and the Qualicum Beach FHS library resources are also held there. Well worth a visit if you live on Vancouver Island and fancy a delve into your British and Irish ancestry!
For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923, Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.