Welcome to the British Columbia Genealogical Society


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.

Desert Island graphic -http://xkcd.com/731/

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’.

Russia – Links

General links for Russian genealogical and family history research (Now Russian Federation)

See also Europe and Eastern Europe sections

How to Research Genealogy in Russia by Lisa A. Alzo, December 18, 2013, Family Tree Magazine: https://www.familytreemagazine.com/premium/research-genealogy-in-russia

Russian records & research aids, FamilySearch: https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1927021?region=Russia
Russia, research lessons, including an introduction and lessons on reading Russian documents: https://www.familysearch.org/ask/landing?show=lessons&search=Russia

Russia, FamilySearch wiki: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Russia_Genealogy

Finding Lost Russian and Ukrainian Family, Vera Miller: https://lostrussianfamily.wordpress.com/important-links-for-finding-family/

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BCGS General Meeting – Wed., April 11, 2018

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church (Lower Hall), 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Download Directions and map here(.pdf)

After the business meeting – the Irish Group and the European Group will meet.

Reminder: the BCGS Library will be closed all day Saturday, April 21, 2018, due to neighbourhood road closures for the Vaisakhi Parade.

BCGS DNA Group News – February 2018

This week watch for more news from RootsTech 2018 (and sales) and for more enhancements to all the new DNA tools in 2018.


Rootsfinder has the latest DNA ‘tool kit’, designed to help visualize and organize your genetic genealogy information. All free for now. https://www.rootsfinder.com/ You will want to upload a GEDcom and as well some DNA data from GEDMatch. At the meeting this month, we discussed using GedMatch. I feel it’s well worth paying for the additional GEDMatch tools.
See a descriptive Rootsfinder video here: https://www.rootsfinder.com/blog/announcing-experimental-dna-tools/ Rootsfinder is a family history tree website offering hints from a number of sources. Rootsfinder gained an Honourable Mention for 2017 from Tamura Jones for its own valid GEDCOM files. https://www.tamurajones.net/GeneAwards2017.xhtml


Try out DNA Painter too: https://dnapainter.com/ This includes the latest shared cM tool, a version of Blaine Bettinger’s shared cM project.

DNA DO-OVER – Facebook

No matter how new or how experienced you are with genetic genealogy, taking time to review your goals, methods and results is always useful. Thomas MacEntee started a DNA Do-Over Facebook group this year. Now it’s over 1,200 members strong. Here’s the Facebook DNA Do-Over link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dnadoover
And here’s the group’s list of featured topics each month in 2018: https://abundantgenealogy.com/dna-topics-2018

DNA Q and A – New Book

There’s a new DNA book out, DNA Q and A: Real Questions from Real People about Genetic Genealogy by Andrew Lee and Noel Devon Lee. (paper and Kindle). I do recommend following Thomas at GeneaBargains: https://www.genealogybargains.com He will keep you updated on any free offers and sales for DNA testing, books like this one, webinars, etc.

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