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 – Nov. 8, 2017 – Remembrance

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The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting will be Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church in Burnaby, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

The new BCGS 2018 Calendars will be available for sale at the meeting.

Remembrance is the theme for this meeting.

Chris Dumfries will be our speaker – his topic, World War I and II cemeteries.

Click for Directions and Map (printable)

All interested are very welcome to attend.

See Canada’s Books of Remembrance on-line at Veterans Affairs Canada

The photograph above shows the Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada, examining the Book of Remembrance at the (then) Public Archives of Canada, 5th November, 1942. With the Prime Minister were Colonel A.F. Duguid, Dr. Gustave Lanctot, Colonel J.W. Flanagan, Colonel Osborne, and Miss Sylvia Bury. Photographer unknown; courtesy Library and Archives Canada: PA-051570.

BCGS Library – now Affiliate Access to FamilySearch restricted collections

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The BCGS Walter Draycott Library is an affiliate of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Now as an affiliate library, the BCGS Library has free access to record collections previously restricted to the Family History Library and Family History Centers.

BCGS members and visitors to the BCGS Library are now able to view these collections at the BCGS Library. The Library is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm. Address – 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC. Telephone – 604 502 9119.

BCGS General Meeting, October 11, 2017 in Burnaby – Canada/US and European Groups meet

The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting will be Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church in Burnaby, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

The new BCGS 2018 Calendars will be available for sale at the meeting.

If you plan to attend the Finding Your Roots Seminar, on October 14th, please make sure you are registered with your e-mail address.

Two research groups meet after the business meeting:

European Group – Discuss new and updated websites and aids for European research with Brenda Smth and M. Diane Rogers. On Saturday, October 28th, there will also be a European Research Day at the BCGS Library in Surrey, Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue. Research all day- 10 am to 3 pm. Group meeting 1-3 pm. Library – 604 502 9119

United States and Canada Group – with Judith Ueland and Eunice Robinson.

Click for Directions and Map (printable)

All interested are very welcome to attend.

Finding Your Roots Seminar – Oct. 14, 2017 in Surrey, BC

October 14, 2017 – Finding Your Roots Seminar – all day. Free.
All interested are welcome.

The BCGS will be there. Watch for BCGS speakers, the BCGS Boutique, and our used book sale. Class schedule and free registration now on-line. See the website: www.findingyourroots.ca

Be sure to register as soon as possible; book a lunch if you like too.
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6270 126 St, Surrey, BC V3X 1T9

Note*
When registering please be sure to give your e-mail address. If you already registered without an email address, please reregister with an e-mail, then send an e-mail to surreyfhc@gmail.com to let the organizers know.

This will ensure that enough space is available and that handouts are sent out ahead of time, so be sure to re-register if you didn’t submit your e-mail address.