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’.

BCGS Special Resolution – for the July 11, 2018 General Meeting



A General Meeting of the members of the BC Genealogical Society will take place as described below. Included in the meeting will be consideration of a special resolution to adopt new bylaws for the Society:

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Location: Danish Lutheran Church at 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby, BC
Time: 7:30 p.m.

The special resolution to come before the membership will be to replace the existing bylaws of the BC Genealogical Society.

The following special resolution will be submitted to the membership for adoption:

“BE IT RESOLVED THAT the BC Genealogical Society’s bylaws be wholly revised, by replacing them in their entirety with the proposed bylaws recommended by the Board of Directors and posted at the meeting.”

The full text of the proposed bylaws has been included along with the Journal in which this notice is being published. The existing bylaws and the proposed bylaws will be posted on the BC Genealogical Society website, at bcgs.ca, along with supporting documents.

Dated as of June 1, 2018


Eunice Robinson
President, BC Genealogical Society

This notice is published in accordance with the requirements of the Societies Act of BC [SBC 2015]


1. The proposed Bylaws

2. Current BCGS Constitution & By-laws

3. 2. May 9th, 2018 Powerpoint presentation to the general meeting

BCGS General Meeting – June 13, 2018 – BCGS Family History Book Awards & Strawberry Tea


The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, features the Society’s Annual Family History Award presentations, authors’ talks and the annual Strawberry Tea!

Authors will be speaking about their books and their own writing experiences.

Time: starting at 7:30 pm
Location: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.
Click for Directions and Map (printable)

All interested are very welcome to attend.
Learn more about the BCGS Family History Book Awards here.

BCGS General Meeting – May 9th, 2018

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 9th of May 2018, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church (Lower Hall), 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Download Directions and map here (.pdf)

Re BC Genealogical Society Draft Revised Bylaws

A presentation will be given to members at the meeting. A question and answer session will follow. Changes and additions will be considered by the Board of Directors on May 23rd, and the final draft will be sent to all members with the June British Columbia Genealogist journal.

The current bylaws are available on the BCGS Website (.pdf), and the draft bylaws will be posted following the May 9th meeting.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Rob Whitlock, Past President
Chair, Bylaw Review Committee

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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