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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,
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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 Family History Book Awards – 2016 Winners

The BC Genealogical Society announced the winners of the 2016 Family History Book Awards tonight at the annual Book Award Presentation and Strawberry Tea evening held June 14, 2017 in Burnaby.

First Prize – Tom’s Gray Creek Part II: Years of Change, 1946 to 1980 by Tom Lymbery with Frances Roback (Gray Creek Publishing, 2016). Learn more about Tom and his book in this Nelson Star article

Second Prize – Isolated Burials in the Central Okanagan with Genealogies and Local History by Susan D. Campbell and Robert Michael Hayes (Kelowna and District Genealogical Society, 2016). Read about this project at the Kelowna Daily Courier

Third Prize – Ootsa Lake Odyssey: George and Else Seel – A Pioneer Life on the Headwaters of the Nechako Watershed by Jay Sherwood (Caitlin Press, 2016). See more about the book at BC BookLook – review by Sage Birchwater

New Coat of Arms for BCGS

Friday evening was very special as the New BCGS Coat of Arms was unveiled.

The official presentation by Robert Watt, and keynote speaker Dave Obee, not to mention the lovely refreshments by Peter & Patrick, made for a memorable event.

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Robert D. Watt, LVO, AIH, FRHSC, former Chief Herald of Canada and current Rideau Herald Emeritus of Canada

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Robert Whitlock, Eunice Robinson, Judith Ueland, Robert D. Watt, Unveiling British Columbia Genealogical Society arms, June 9, 2017.

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British Columbia Genealogical Society Arms, unveiled June 9, 2017

Counting down – BCGS Seminar – June 9-11 – Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors

Tickets still available for our 2017 Seminar, June 9-11 in Metro Vancouver, featuring these engaging and experienced genealogy speakers at British Columbia`s largest Seminar this year.

Dave Obee
Claire Smith-Burns
Mary Read
Zenia Stanford
Susanne Sulzberger

Whether you are just beginning your family tree, already researching your Canadian families, thinking about adding DNA to your family history tools, or looking beyond Canadian sources for records from overseas, you will find family history answers at our Canada 150 Seminar – Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors.

See all the Seminar details on our Canada 150 Seminar page, including speakers biographies, topics, locations, as well as Saturday`s schedule and registration and payment information.

Come for the full 3 days or for Saturday only. Invite a friend or family member to attend.

For registration, contact Susan Snalam now at domers273@gmail.com or 604 273 8209.

Register with cash, cheque, or Visa by contacting Susan or click to pay with PayPal on the BCGS Canada 150 Seminar page. You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay with PayPal.

BCGS Family History Book Awards & Strawberry Tea – June 14, 2017 in Burnaby

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The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, features the Annual Family History Award presentations, authors’ talks and the annual Strawberry Tea! Authors from around British Columbia 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.

Tickets for our “Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors” Seminar, June 9-11 in Burnaby and Coquitlam, are now available at meetings, by e-mail, phone, or on-line with PayPal. You do NOT need to be a PayPal customer to use a credit card to pay with PayPal.
See all the Seminar and registration details with payment options here.

Group meetings and chats coming up in June – at the BCGS Library unless otherwise stated. Check back for updates.

Coffee Chats

June 4 – Quebec Questers – 10-noon change from normal date due to BCGS Seminar.
June 24 – English Group – 10-noon – topic: British Home Children.
June 27 – DNA Group, 1-3 pm.

Groups
June 13 – Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group, 1-3 pm, 2nd Tues. each month, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia, 3rd floor meeting room.
June 14 – Mac/Reunion Group, 2nd Wed. before the BCGS Member Meeting at the Danish Church.
June 21 – New Welsh Group, 3rd Wed. each month, 10:30-noon at the Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue, Vancouver, BC – downstairs, enter from the back of the building.

Seminar
June 9-11 – BCGS Annual Seminar, Friday June 9 to Sunday June 11.

Other Events. See the BCGS at these events – or volunteer to help. See our Events page and the BCGS Calendar page for more details and links.

June 17 – Highland Games and Scottish Festival, Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam. George Caldwell, BCGS Scottish Group Facilitator will be speaking at 1:45 pm in the Cultural Tent. Visit the BCGS in the Clan area.

June 17-18 – Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Scandinavian Centre, Burnaby. Get genealogy help, shop at the BCGS Boutique or share your family history with the BCGS-Scandinavian Cultural Society Genealogy Group in the Icelandic Room in the Centre.

Photograph courtesy of pixel2013 at Pixabay