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’.

Salute to a Dedicated Cemetery Recorder – BCGS 1984

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A BCGS Cemetery Recording Adventure

Since we’ve recently been discussing our BC Genealogical Society (BCGS) cemetery recording training and field trip plans for 2015, I wanted to share this amusing 1984 cemetery recorder’s comment I found in the BCGS Newsletter, March/April 1984, Volume 9 Number 2, page 16.

Originally submitted to the BCGS Newsletter by Linda Blackman, B.C. Research Committee, 1984.

“The following excerpt was taken from a letter accompanying an out of town recording I received.

“It took me 2 hrs. to arrive after first a flat tire, had to chase cattle so I could get through, wait for road construction, and finally made it to the farm. The farm is, with no problems, just about 15 mins. away from where I live. A very KIND bull put my long legs to work to get back to the car and that is when my OLD age started to show…I’m really not in shape to run.

Anyway the day was nice and a lot of fun.

Do watch for news about our 2015 cemetery recording trips. They won’t be this strenuous!

 

BCGS General Meeting – Jan 14, 2015 Meeting – Irish, Getting Organized, & Q & A sessions

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Welcome to a new year!

The first BCGS general meeting of 2015 will be Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.   Directions and map (.pdf)

Classes for the January meeting will be the Irish Interest Group and our Genealogy 101 session on Getting Organized.

For those not interested in sitting in on either session, we will have a Question & Answer session in the Main Hall.

Also, a sneak preview on our 2015 Seminar – keep Saturday, May 9th available – information and details to follow.

If you haven’t yet renewed your BCGS membership for 2015, you can renew your membership for 2015 right now on-line or at the meeting or by mail.

New members, New resolutions in 2015

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NewYearsDaypostcard-1910sIs one of your New Year’s resolutions to “break down that brick wall that great grandpa is hiding behind”? B.C.G.S. welcomes new members to our group at any time, and when you’ve run out ideas of where to look for those elusive ancestors…well, that’s when our group members can offer up their many years’ worth of experience and expertise to help you solve your most stubborn family conundrums.

Now is the optimum time to join B.C.G.S. as a New Member. Annual memberships run from January to December, and you’ll learn lots at our 12 interesting and informative monthly meetings, or you can ask questions of other members in our Members Only Area – and you’ll receive 4 issues of our journal “The British Columbia Genealogist” as well as meeting and making friends with others who share an interest in recording their families and preserving their history.

Postcard to George H. Smith, Rosedale PO, Chilliwack, BC from his niece, Laura. Unmailed. No date.