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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.

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’.

BCGS General Meeting – Nov 14, 2018 – Burnaby

Belgium Band Vancouver Cenotaph 1929

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church (Lower Hall), 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

A Military Theme.
Speakers will be Colin MacGregor Stevens, Marianne Cote-Malley and Laurie Malley. 

The BCGS Boutique will be at the meeting.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Download Directions to the meeting and a map here. (.pdf)

Shown above: The visiting Belgium band marching to the Vancouver Cenotaph, May 1929. Photographer Stuart Thomson. Courtesy of the Vancouver City Archives: AM1535-: CVA 99-1909. See the VCA website for other photos.

Above:

BCGS General Meeting – Oct 10th in Burnaby

Old Hastings Mill Store Museum

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church (Lower Hall), 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Speaker – Lisa Anne Smith – Vancouver author, local historian, curator at the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum.

Her new book is Emily Patterson: The Heroic Life of a Milltown Nurse, published by Ronsdale Press, 2018.

Lisa’s previous books are:
Our Friend Joe: The Joe Fortes Story – co-authored with Barbara Rogers
Vancouver Is Ashes
Travels with St. Roch: A Book for Kids

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Download Directions to the meeting and a map here. (.pdf)

Above: Old Hastings Mill Store postcard, photo Campbell Studio. Image MSC130-5904-01 courtesy of the British Columbia Postcards Collection, a digital initiative of Simon Fraser University Library.

BCGS General Meeting – Sept. 12th – Burnaby

BCGS-Harvest-Supper-2018a

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church (Lower Hall), 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Come early for the Annual Harvest Supper which begins at 6 pm. $10. Register at: lynnefletcher @ telus.net

Speaker – Jeannie Vance, Director of the Surrey, BC Family History Centre.

Her topic: New or New to You on FamilySearch.org

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Download Directions to the meeting and a map here. (.pdf)

Learn more about the upcoming Finding Your Roots Conference,all day in Surrey, October 13, 2018. Registration is now open on-line. Free.

BCGS General Meeting – August 8, 2018, Burnaby

Happy BC Day, August 6th!

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church (Lower Hall), 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Speaker – Sarah Reay, author of The Half-Shilling Curate.

Her book reveals The Rev. Herbert Butler Cowl’s story about his experiences as an Army Chaplain during the Great War, using his letters and other writing. Sara Reay, the author, his granddaughter, researched his World War I experiences in England, France and in Belgium.

For more about the book, see her website: http://www.halfshillingcurate.com

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Download Directions to the meeting and a map here. (.pdf)