Genealogical Society honours B.C. authors

Local topics figure heavily in inaugural awards

Nancy Hughes

Nancy Hughes

Victoria-based authors or books about the city gained recognition recently as the British Columbia Genealogical Society announced winners of its first-ever book awards.

Nancy Hughes’s 2010 book, Built by Luney Bros. Ltd.: Building a City and a Legacy Brick by Brick, Victoria, B.C. 1885-1962, placed third overall.

The winner was Bruce McIntyre for his three-volume series, Lives Lived West of the Divide: A Biographical Dictionary of Fur Traders Working West of the Rockies, 1793-1858.

Hughes was also recently named winner of the Victoria Hallmark Society’s communications award for her efforts in writing and publishing the book.

Other area authors or books on the region given honorable mention by B.C. Genealogical Society included Helen Piddington for Rumble Seat: A Victorian Childhood Remembered; Ian MacDonald and Betty O’Keefe for Quiet Reformers: The Legacy of Early Victoria’s Bishop Edward and Mary Cridge; Lynne Stonier-Newman and Peter O’Reilly for The Rise of a Reluctant Immigrant, and Mahinder Kaur Doman Manhas for Zhindagee: Selected Stories of our First Daughters.

The awards, to be handed out at a July 17 gala in Surrey, were instituted to encourage family history research and writing in and about B.C.

The society marks its 40th anniversary this year.