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 and Harvest Supper – Sept 9, 2015, Burnaby

BCGS_Harvest_Supper-2015Be sure to attend the BC Genealogical Society’s second annual Harvest Supper, 6-7 pm, Wednesday, 9 September, 2015 before the General Meeting at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
Directions and map (.pdf)

The dinner cost is $10. RSVP to Darlene at 604-591-2841, or to Lynne at 604-942-3663 before Sept. 4th, please.

The dinner was well attended last year and a great time was had by all, so reserve your places early. [ If you need to e-mail about the supper, send a note to bcgs@bcgs.ca ]

The general meeting will begin at 7:30 pm.

Group sessions after the meeting will include the English Interest Group and the USA Interest Group

BCGS General Meeting – 12 August 2015 in Burnaby

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 August 2015, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
Directions and map (.pdf)
All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Speakers will be

Robert Douglas Watt, LVO FRHSC, first Chief Herald of Canada and now Rideau Herald Emeritus.

and

Grace Hama, Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library. Note: Barbara Edwards will not be able to attend.

Paul MacDonell, Cloverdale Library, Surrey Libraries.

Jeannie Vance, Surrey Family History Center Director.

Happy British Columbia Day!

Today it’s British Columbia Day! Most around the province will be relaxing or otherwise enjoying our great summer weather.

Some may feel sad that archives and libraries are closed today, as is our own BCGS Walter Draycott Library, but there’s plenty to do on-line here if you have your device at the beach or elsewhere and need to get some research done.

On our own BC Genealogical Society website, among many other things, for free you can

  1. Check to see if one of our members shares your surnames.
  2. Search our BC Pioneer registry for your British Columbia families here before 1900.
  3. Use our database of on-line BC newspapers to find an obituary.
  4. Locate an article in our journal index for The British Columbia Genealogist.
  5. Copy a postcard image from our international Postcard Galleries for your personal use

And if you’re a BCGS member, sign-in to the BCGS Members’ Area for more indexes and information.

Not already a BC Genealogical Society member? Join on-line today – learn about our BCGS Membership Benefits.