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 General Meeting – Jan 9, 2019 in Burnaby

The first BC Genealogical Society General Meeting of 2019 is Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church (Lower Hall), 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Andrea Lister will be speaking on “Prison and Court Records”. Visit her website, Absolutely Literate, to learn more about Andrea.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.
Download directions to the meeting and a map here. (.pdf)

BCGS 2019 Seminar, Keynote Speaker Cyndi Ingle
Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Burnaby.

Early Bird Prices until March 1, 2019.

See the details on the BCGS 2019 Seminar page. Register here on-line with PayPal or at the BCGS meeting or by mail or phone.

BCGS Membership Renewal
You may renew for 2019 at this meeting, or right now with PayPal on the BCGS Membership page, or by mail.

Happy New Year – BCGS 2019 Seminar Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List will be our keynote speaker at this year’s seminar. Date is Saturday, March 30, 2019. Tickets on sale now – see more information in our January 2019 Newsletter. Tickets are $70.00 for members; $95.00 for non-members. Hope to see you there!
Download the BCGS 2019 Seminar poster here (.pdf)

FOR TICKETS SEE LINK BELOW. Please note Early Bird Pricing until March 1, 2019.

BCGS Seminar 2019
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