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’.
It’s now only 25 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 30, 2015, tickets are $44.00 each for BCGS & Affiliate Society Members; $55.00 for non-members.
After April 30th, the prices increase to $55.00 each for BCGS & Affiliate Society Members; $65.00 for non-members.
Remember – Your 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 the May meeting. Call, e-mail or pay on-line now to get the early bird special.
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 next BCGS general meeting will be Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map (.pdf)
There will be two group sessions after the general meeting:
European Group – Learn about BCGS Library and website resources for European research; share your surnames and favourite books and websites; ask questions. A date for European Day at the BCGS Library will be discussed.
Genealogy 101 – What’s in a Name?
Upcoming Seminar with Jill Morelli – May 9, 2015. Only 9 more days to buy tickets at early bird prices! Click here for Seminar details and registration.
Do you know someone who is interested in finding their ‘roots’ but doesn’t know where to begin? A membership in BCGS is a wonderful starting point for anyone who wants to fill out the branches on their own Family Tree. And….2015 is the perfect year for giving this gift! Sign up a new member now, to enter our annual B.C.G.S. Bring-A-Friend Contest, and give yourself a chance to win some great prizes!
Check out the BCGS Bring-A-Friend contest page for more info!
I would like to know if the society have access to the English & Wales, Birth, Death, Marriage Index certificates. As I have been purchasing all of these, I wondered if we have these on microfilm or something.
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