About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

Australian Research – free session – Nov 15, 2016 Surrey BC – Geoff & Marg Doherty

The British Columbia Genealogical Society
and The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints
is pleased to offer a FREE presentation on Australian Genealogy, featuring

Geoff Doherty and Marg Doherty
from Brisbane, Australia

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LDS Surrey Stake Location – Relief Society room
6270 – 126th Street, Surrey, BC.
Space is limited so please register.
Contact Jeannie Vance at surreyfhc@gmail.com
or phone the Library at 604-597-9695 and leave your name and number to register.

BCGS General Meeting, Wed., Oct 12, 2016 in Burnaby

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Groups meeting will be:
Canada – prairie provinces

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Fall 2016 Events include:

Fri. Oct. 14th – Lesley Anderson, speaking on researching women at Ancestry. Free, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church. Click here for more details.

Sat. Oct. 15th – Finding Your Roots Seminar, all day; free. IT IS TIME TO REGISTER FOR FINDING YOUR ROOTS! Saturday October 15 from 8:30 – 4:30 at the Surrey Stake Centre. The deadline to register so you can print your handouts is Thursday October 13. If you show up on Saturday without pre-registering, you Will NOT Get Handouts.
PRE REGISTER at www.findingyourroots.ca Register even if you can only come for 1 or 2 classes.

Sat. Oct. 29th – The BCGS and Cloverdale Library are sponsoring the Brickwalls 3 Seminar and Consultations. Tickets available at the BCGS meeting or on-line on our website.

Sat. Nov. 5 – Canada Chat at the BCGS Library, 1 pm.

October. – BCGS Salt Lake City research trips. Contact the organizers now – more info on our website page.

BCGS European Group Day – Oct 1, Surrey, BC

European Group Day at the BCGS Library, October 1st, 2016


Date: Sat, 1 October, 10:00 – 15:00
Location: BCGS Walter Draycott Library – 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

– come for research and/or a tour in the morning, explore the book, journal, CD and map collections; attend the group session in the afternoon in the Board Room, starting at 1 pm – topics – immigration/website reviews.

Here are the notes and links from the last European group session at the Library during BCGS Library Week in July.

For more about the Library, see the Walter Draycott Library pages

For more info, contact Diane Rogers: canadagenealogy@shaw.ca


Beginning Genealogy and Family History in England and Wales

Contributed by Marilyn Ponting

The most useful records for researching Victorian ancestors are the census which was taken every 10 years starting in 1841, and civil registration (government records of births, marriage and deaths.)

The census is available on subscription websites that are available free of charge to researchers at all FamilySearch Centres. Locally in Burnaby, Surrey and Abbotsford.
Ancestry Library Edition is available without charge at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey. Also at most public libraries – available at . Fraser Valley Libraries including George Mackie Library in North Delta and Langley libraries, and at Cloverdale Library in Surrey.
The latest census released in the U.K. is 1911

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Lesley Anderson speaking on “Ain’t I A Woman” – Oct 14, 2016 Burnaby

The BC Genealogical Society presents Lesley Anderson


Friday, October 14th, Burnaby, BC

Lesley Anderson, of Ancestry.ca, will speak on
“Ain’t I a Woman?” Finding women on Ancestry.


Location, Danish Lutheran Church ,
6010 Kincaid Street, Burnaby, BC.
(where we hold our monthly meetings).

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Doors open about 7 p.m.
Time updated 13 Oct. 2016.

Lesley Anderson will be speaking also at the Finding Your Roots all day seminar, October 15, 2016 in Surrey, BC. on Searching Canadian Records, Ancestry trees, and AncestryDNA