Welcome to the British Columbia Genealogical Society

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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. 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.

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 – May 13th, 2015 – Irish, Scottish & Genealogy 101 Groups meet

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Vancouver-City-Hall-Veterans-1939-CVA_PhotoVancouver City Hall veterans of the Great War, honour guards for the Royal Visit, 1939.

The next BCGS general meeting will be Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map.

There will be three group sessions after the general meeting:

Scottish Interest Group
Irish Interest Group
Genealogy 101 – Civil Registration Records.

See you there!

This photograph above shows the group of Vancouver City Hall Great War veterans who acted as honour guards for the Royal Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, May 29, 1939. The City of Vancouver Archives has their names listed as:

(back row) J. Tarbuck, H. Preston, R.T. Blair, A.A. Copping, W.G. Johnston, J.H. Davenport, J. McGill, A. Hall, R.T. Richardson, H.A. Black, S. Huntington, W.F. Rodbourne, W. Strang, A.G. Bennett, B. Keogh, B. Corlett, F.J. Hearn, F. Carlisle;

(middle row) W.C. Browne, B. Warden, Dr. J.H. White, J.A. McCrindle, H.R.T. Mason, G. Markle, C.R. McTaggart, A. Patterson, J.W. Barker, G.H. Clay, W. Inglis, W.C. Anthony, L. Westcott, T.J. Corley, J. Stevenson, J. McGregor, J. Smith;

(front row) A. Johnston, H.G. Stone, J.R. Chamberlain, J. Gibbs, S. Travis, E. Humphreys, W.B. Murray, C. Grantham, C.J. Biddiss, N.V. davis, H.A.E. Browne, G.L. Tooker, L.R. Edge, A.J. Addy, R. Vernon, E.H. Cooke, A. Churchouse, G.H. Ubbink and

(front) T. Calloway

Photograph creator: Major James Skitt Matthews. Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives:- AM54-S4-: Mil P170.2

2015 Seminar a Great Success!

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Saturday, May 9th was a great day for a Seminar. Sunny weather, good food, and an excellent presenter!

Our thanks to Jill Morelli. Her presentations were excellent, and informative.

A big thank you to Susan for handling all the ticket sales, Cathy and Kenneth for manning the Boutique table, Lynne, Rob, Judith, Marnie and David for their assistance during the event.

Reminder – 2014 BCGS BRING-A-FRIEND Membership Contest Deadline

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There’s still time to enter the 2014 BCGS BRING-A-FRIEND MEMBERSHIP CONTEST!

All current BC Genealogical Society members are eligible for one entry for each full membership (not associate memberships) they sign up from August 2014 to June 1, 2015.

Three Prize Baskets will be awarded at the June 2015 meeting by draw.

See all the Contest details: BCGS Bring-A-Friend Membership Contest

BCGS Library open as usual Saturday, May 9th, 2015

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The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will be open its regular hours tomorrow, Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10 am to 3 pm.

The Quebec group however has postponed its meeting to May 16th in order that members may attend the BCGS 2015 Seminar with Jill Morelli to be held tomorrow in Richmond.

Please call the Library at 604 502 9119 if in any doubt about Library hours.