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’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’.

Genealogy Seminar with William Dollarhide – South Whidbey Island, USA, April 2015

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The Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island will host its 2015 Seminar at the Dancing Fish Farmhouse,  25th April, 2015.

The seminar speaker will be William W. Dollarhide who has been in pursuit of his family origins since 1971. A well known genealogy speaker and author, Bill Dollarhide’s honors include an Award of Merit from the American Society of Genealogists for the Map Guide book and an Award of Appreciation from the National Genealogical Society. He’s written over ten genealogy books; the latest is Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE.

The 2015 South Whidbey Island Seminar will include four separate genealogical sessions. Included are the four sessions, a morning snack, and tea and coffee all day long in a beautiful and comfortable setting. On-site hot lunch is also available. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

For full details and registration information, read, download or print the South Whidbey Island Genealogy Seminar 2015 brochure here.

Canadian Census & Immigration talk with Dave Obee – Dec 6, 2014, North Vancouver

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Canadian Family History: Census and Immigration Records

Join Dave Obee for a free session that looks into the Canadian immigration and census records that are available and the best ways to use them in your family history research.

Dave is the author of Destination Canada (on immigration) and Counting Canada (on the census) and the new history of the North Vancouver District Public Library, Fifty! With a Fabulous Future! Dave has won numerous awards for his work, including this year the Governor General’s Caring Canadian award.

Time: Saturday, December 6, 2014 – 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Free. Registration required.  Call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175 to register or for more information.

Location: Capilano Branch, 3045 Highland Blvd., North Vancouver, BC V7R 2X4

The launch of Dave Obee’s latest book about the North Vancouver District Public Library is December 6 in the evening. Tickets available: http://www.nvdpl.ca/article/book-launch-soir%C3%A9e

North Vancouver District Public Library website: http://www.nvdpl.ca

BCGS Family History Book Award – deadline for 2014 entries

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BCGS-Book-Awards-June-2014

 

 

15 February, 2015 is the deadline for entries to the British Columbia Genealogical Society’s annual book award to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia, Canada.

 

 

 BCGS Family History Book Award Strawberry Tea, June 2014, Burnaby, BC

 

Books considered must be written by a British Columbia author, relate to British Columbia family history and be published in 2014.

The British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Award will be presented at the 10th June, 2015 meeting of the British Columbia Genealogical Society in Burnaby, BC..

For full details about BCGS Family HIstory Award submissions, please see the BCGS Family History Book Award Committee’s press release below or contact Alice Marwood, BCGS Family History Book Award Committee Chair, at 604-582-1548 or email: amarwood@shaw.ca

BCGS Family History Book Award Press Release-November 2014