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. In 2011, our Society celebrated its 40th anniversary.
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.
Don’t find yourself marooned! Genealogy research is easier and more fun when shared. Desert Island comic, courtesy of Randall Patrick Munroe,
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’.
The BCGS Walter Draycott Library’s microfilm scanner has been temporarily moved pending some roof work. If you are coming to read and scan a film or fiche, please call the Library ahead of your visit to confirm the scanner is available. As soon as it is again hooked up, we will post a new note.
There is still a film reader available.
BCGS Library – open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 to 3 pm.
Call the Library: 604 502 9119
It’s now just 45 days till the BCGS 2015 Seminar with speaker Jill Morelli, 9 May, 2015 in Richmond, BC.
Order your tickets now at the early bird price – until April 15, 2015, tickets are $44.00 each for BCGS & Affiliate Society Members; $55.00 for non-members.
After April 15th, the prices increase to $55.00 each for BCGS & Affiliate Society Members; $65.00 for non-members.
Tickets include refreshments and lunch.
See all the details on the BCGS 2015 Seminar page. You may order your tickets on-line with PayPal or by phone or e-mail, or by mail or at BCGS meetings.
Speaker Jill Morelli currently is writing a series of articles about Jens Dahl, a Norwegian born immigrant to the USA who enlisted in the Union Army in 1862. Here is her first article from A Year in the Life of Jens Dahl
Here is a link to her other articles on Jens Dahl’s Civil War experiences.
The BC Genealogical Society Annual General Meeting is Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a location map with directions.
All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.
Speaker: Lindsay McArthur
Topic: Cemetery Research and Transcribing – how to properly clean headstones.
LIndsay McArthur has worked on cemetery projects in both Maple Ridge and Fort Langley. While working at the Langley Centennial Museum she organized “Down to Earth”, a provincial cemetery symposium attended by people from around British Columbia. Lindsay is currently the Visual Arts programmer at the Surrey Art Gallery.
The BC Genealogical Society’s Cemetery Committee is planning field trips and photography projects for 2015. If you are interested in working on a cemetery project with the Committee, please contact Betty Allen by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at the BCGS Library 604 502 9119.
The BCGS Cemetery Committee’s latest publication is on Nelson Memorial Cemetery in Nelson, British Columbia.
Coming up tonight, Monday, 23 February, at 7 pm, Pacific time, right here at www.bcgs.ca
The Government of British Columbia has invited citizens to collaborate on the preparation of a letter to mark the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death. “The letter will be paired with a previous letter of condolences sent by the Governor and Legislature of the Colony of Vancouver Island to the United States in 1865 following President Lincoln’s assassination.”
“Comments and stories from British Columbians, especially those whose heritage is connected to Lincoln and the legacy he created” are welcome. The submission deadline date is February 28, 2015. See more details and comment on the new website: Abraham Lincoln – His Legacy in British Columbia