Brick Walls 3 Seminar! Oct. 29th, 2016 – Cloverdale


Brick Walls 3: Sharing Strategies on Tough Genealogy Problems
with M. Diane Rogers, Brenda L. Smith, and Peter Whitlock, and guest speaker Laurie Cooke.

Co-sponsored – Cloverdale Public Library and the BC Genealogical Society (BCGS)

Saturday, October 29, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Charge: $20 (includes food)
Additional charge of $10 for 1-on-1 meeting with an Expert.
Great door prizes include a free 1 year World subscription to Find My Past! And a year’s membership in the BC Genealogical Society!

Another brick in the wall! One of the most successful programs we’ve offered is back. Our experts, Diane, Brenda, and Peter, return to share their thoughts on overcoming difficult Family History challenges.

The panel members will then individually meet attendees who have submitted questions in advance for 1-on-1 fifteen minute consultations. While this is happening our special guest speaker Laurie Cooke will address the main group.

Laurie’s talk: Did They Hang the Wrong Man? examines the truth behind a 1908 Fraser Valley murder. In 1908 there was a murder in the Fraser Valley at Hall’s Prairie. Many were arrested, but ultimately one man was hung. But did they get it right? Come join our special guest speaker Laurie Cooke and with the help of coroner records, court records, and news clippings all will be revealed.

There will be an end-of-the-day wrap-up plus lots of opportunities to ask questions and share experiences!

A light meal and refreshments will be provided.

Call Susan Snalam now at 604 273 8209 to reserve your tickets.

BCGS tickets available in person at meetings as of September 2016. Pay at a meeting in person or on-line below with PayPal. We will ask for your phone number and an e-mail address, if applicable. These will only be used in case we need to contact you about this Seminar.

1-on-1 questions need to be paid for and submitted in advance. You will be asked ahead of time for a brief description of your Brick Wall; a form will be provided to you for this purpose. Contact the BCGS or Cloverdale Library for details.

This programme requires pre-registration and will be held at the Cloverdale Library, 5642 – 176A Street Surrey, BC V3S 4G9.

You can pay by PayPal now. You do not need to have a PayPal account.

Brick Wall Seminar

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. 2016 is our Society’s 45th anniversary (and the 20 year anniversary of our website).

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 -

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,


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’.

Australian Research – free session – Nov 15, 2016 Surrey BC – Geoff & Marg Doherty

The British Columbia Genealogical Society
and The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints
is pleased to offer a FREE presentation on Australian Genealogy, featuring

Geoff Doherty and Marg Doherty
from Brisbane, Australia

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LDS Surrey Stake Location – Relief Society room
6270 – 126th Street, Surrey, BC.
Space is limited so please register.
Contact Jeannie Vance at
or phone the Library at 604-597-9695 and leave your name and number to register.

BCGS General Meeting, Wed., Oct 12, 2016 in Burnaby

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Groups meeting will be:
Canada – prairie provinces

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Fall 2016 Events include:

Fri. Oct. 14th – Lesley Anderson, speaking on researching women at Ancestry. Free, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church. Click here for more details.

Sat. Oct. 15th – Finding Your Roots Seminar, all day; free. IT IS TIME TO REGISTER FOR FINDING YOUR ROOTS! Saturday October 15 from 8:30 – 4:30 at the Surrey Stake Centre. The deadline to register so you can print your handouts is Thursday October 13. If you show up on Saturday without pre-registering, you Will NOT Get Handouts.
PRE REGISTER at Register even if you can only come for 1 or 2 classes.

Sat. Oct. 29th – The BCGS and Cloverdale Library are sponsoring the Brickwalls 3 Seminar and Consultations. Tickets available at the BCGS meeting or on-line on our website.

Sat. Nov. 5 – Canada Chat at the BCGS Library, 1 pm.

October. – BCGS Salt Lake City research trips. Contact the organizers now – more info on our website page.

BCGS European Group Day – Oct 1, Surrey, BC

European Group Day at the BCGS Library, October 1st, 2016


Date: Sat, 1 October, 10:00 – 15:00
Location: BCGS Walter Draycott Library – 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

– come for research and/or a tour in the morning, explore the book, journal, CD and map collections; attend the group session in the afternoon in the Board Room, starting at 1 pm – topics – immigration/website reviews.

Here are the notes and links from the last European group session at the Library during BCGS Library Week in July.

For more about the Library, see the Walter Draycott Library pages

For more info, contact Diane Rogers:


Beginning Genealogy and Family History in England and Wales

Contributed by Marilyn Ponting

The most useful records for researching Victorian ancestors are the census which was taken every 10 years starting in 1841, and civil registration (government records of births, marriage and deaths.)

The census is available on subscription websites that are available free of charge to researchers at all FamilySearch Centres. Locally in Burnaby, Surrey and Abbotsford.
Ancestry Library Edition is available without charge at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey. Also at most public libraries – available at . Fraser Valley Libraries including George Mackie Library in North Delta and Langley libraries, and at Cloverdale Library in Surrey.
The latest census released in the U.K. is 1911

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Lesley Anderson speaking on “Ain’t I A Woman” – Oct 14, 2016 Burnaby

The BC Genealogical Society presents Lesley Anderson


Friday, October 14th, Burnaby, BC

Lesley Anderson, of, will speak on
“Ain’t I a Woman?” Finding women on Ancestry.


Location, Danish Lutheran Church ,
6010 Kincaid Street, Burnaby, BC.
(where we hold our monthly meetings).

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Doors open about 7 p.m.
Time updated 13 Oct. 2016.

Lesley Anderson will be speaking also at the Finding Your Roots all day seminar, October 15, 2016 in Surrey, BC. on Searching Canadian Records, Ancestry trees, and AncestryDNA