Welcome to the British Columbia Genealogical Society

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Researching your own family tree is rewarding – and fun! No matter where in the world your family is from, we can help.

Our members have been researching, preserving and publishing their own family histories and that of British Columbia, Canada’s families since 1971. Our Society’s is 46 years old, and our website is among the first genealogy sites – for 21 years.

Our collective experience and expertise can point you to the best and newest resources on-line and off (not everything is on the Internet) and help you to organize and preserve your family history research, to navigate through confusing documents or contradictory evidence found, and to share your family tree and family stories with others.

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Don’t find yourself marooned! Genealogy research is easier and more fun when shared. Desert Island comic, courtesy of Randall Patrick Munroe,
CC BY-NC 2.5, http://xkcd.com/731

 

The British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) has been on the World Wide Web since 1996.  There’ll always be something new for you here on this website. BCGS Members also have access to a Members’ Only Area.

We welcome new members and visitors and invite you to see what we offer free on-line and at our BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC and at our year round monthly meetings, the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm in the Downstairs Hall at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Visit our Research, Walter Draycott Library and Membership sections to see the free resources available to you here which include advice for beginners, free family tree charts, worldwide research links and guides for British Columbia and Canadian genealogy and family history research too.

Do visit the BCGS on Facebook and on Twitter @bcgs_ca And now we are on Pinterest too.

And here is the link to the BCGS mobile site, although if you have a smartphone or other mobile device, you likely can use this website as is ‘on the go’.

BCGS General Meeting – August 9, 2017 – Speaker Ron Hyde

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Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C., sample postcard, postmarked 1909, Stedman Brothers. Courtesy Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Postcards Collection: MSC130-4425-02

The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting will be Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church in Burnaby, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Ron Hyde will be speaking. Ron is a writer and an historian specializing in the history of the Richmond area of BC and is the author of The Sockeye Special: the story of the Steveston tram and early Lulu Island.

Ron is Membership Chair of the British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF), and was a BCHF Honorary President. The Historical Federation has been promoting and preserving British Columbia’s history since its beginnings in 1922. Read one of Ron’s articles about the BCHF in The Scriver, the newsletter of the Society of BC Notaries Public of BC.

And there will be a Genealogical Cocktail Party.

Click for Directions and Map (printable)

All interested are very welcome to attend. Refreshments.

The first meeting of the fall will be Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 featuring our Harvest Supper. Reserve your tickets now. Contact Lynne Fletcher at lynnefletcher@telus.net or 604 942 3663

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British Columbia Day – Aug. 7, 2017 – BCGS Library Closed

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Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C., sample postcard, mailed 1909, Stedman Brothers. Courtesy Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Postcards Collection: MSC130-4425-02

Wishing everyone a happy British Columbia Day, Monday, August 7th, 2017.

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will be closed this weekend so that Library volunteers may celebrate the holidays.

BCGS Membership New & Renewals 2017

BCGS Membership renewals and new memberships are being accepted for 2017 (not 2018 as the original July 2017 Meeting Reminder said).

To pay new or renewal memberships on-line, please use the PayPal option on the BCGS Membership page. To add a donation, please see the Donation section on that page.

Mailed membership applications should be sent to the BCGS at the Richmond. BC mailing address:
P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC, CANADA, V6X 3T6

or see the Membership Committee members at their table at a BCGS General Meeting.

Please make out cheques to the British Columbia Genealogical Society.

Reach the Membership Committee by e-mail at membership@bcgs.ca or contact Marilyn Ponting, Membership Chair at 604 588 2784

BCGS General Meeting – July 12, 2017 – European & Scottish groups meet

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Old cemetery, Bagolino, Italy, 2013.
Photographer, Riccardo Palazzani, Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting will be Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church in Burnaby, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Two research groups meet after the business meeting:

European group – talks on research in Italy & France & other topics, depending on group suggestions. On Saturday, July 15th, there will also be a European Research Day at the BCGS Library in Surrey, Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue from 10 am to 3 pm. Group meeting 1-3 pm. Library – 604 502 9119

Scottish group – talk on cemeteries and monumental inscriptions; then general discussion.

Click for Directions and Map (printable)

All interested are very welcome to attend.