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

Descendancy and related searches

Selected sources for descendancy research, mainly related to British Columbia.

Genealogical descendancy research is often useful in legal cases, tracing heirs, for example, in genealogical cousin quests, in finding relatives who emigrated to Canada, or in adoption or related searches.

Initial sources could include older birth, marriage and death registrations and censuses, obituaries, certainly cemetery information, city directories, and voters’ lists, and perhaps probate records or land records.

The BC Genealogical Society (BCGS)’s BC Research Committee does offer lookup services for many types of BC records and for BCGS’s unique resources.
For BC Newspapers on-line, see the BCGS Newspaper and Obituaries page
For BC Cemeteries, see the BCGS Cemetery Committee page

Easy Steps to Descendancy Research, 4 min. video/handout, FamilySearch Learning Center lesson: https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/easy-steps-to-descendancy-research/877

Descendancy Research, 40 min. video, FamilySearch Learning Center lesson: https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/descendancy-research/568

BC Vital Statistics Agency.

Historical birth, marriage and death registration records are indexed and available on-line at both the BC Archives and FamilySearch websites. Neither website has all the records, so you may need to search both.
BC Archives, Genealogy: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/basicSearch
FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1929958?region=Canada&englishRegion=Canada
Contact the BC Vital Statistics Agency for information on obtaining more recent documents and for adoption records: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/vital-statistics
Adoption Records: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/vital-statistics/births-adoptions/adoptions/adoption-records

BC Adoption Reunion Registry: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/adoption/reunion/
Adoption Reunion Registry Stories: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/adoption/reunion/reunion_stories.htm

BC Directories to 1955, free at Vancouver Public Library in Online Resources, Local History: http://www.vpl.ca/find/cat/C1000/ The BCGS Library has directories and telephone books – see the BCGS on-line directory catalogue. Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch and other libraries may have directories and telephone books which are not yet on-line. For BC local libraries, see the BCGS BC Public Libraries page

1921 Canadian Census, indexed. Free at Ancestry.ca: http://www.ancestry.ca/1921census

1901/1911 Canada census, also 1906 Canadian prairies census, Indexed; free, Automated Genealogy: http://www.automatedgenealogy.com/

Canadian national voters’ lists, 1936-1980. $ Ancestry.com. The BCGS Library and some local libraries may offer free access to Ancestry Library Edition: www.ancestry.ca Regional and local archives may have provincial and civic voters’ lists. See MemoryBC for contact details for archival repositories in BC and to search for record descriptions.

Forget Me Not Society: www.adoptioncircles.net

Adoptive Families Association of BC:

Parent Finders: www.parentfindersottawa.ca

DNA and adoption research, Richard Hill. Richard Hill is the author of Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA (2012) and Guide to DNA Testing: How to Identify Ancestors, Confirm Relationships, and Measure Ethnic Ancestry through DNA Testing (2014): www.DNA-testing-advisor.com

DNAAdoption – “A team of knowledgeable genealogists, citizen scientists, geneticists and IT professionals” offering information, advice and on-line classes to anyone looking for “unknown ancestors”: http://www.dnaadoption.com/

Yukon man obtains citizenship despite no birth certificate, May 22, 2015, City News: http://www.citynews.ca/2015/05/22/decades-long-citizenship-battle-ends-for-yukon-man-whos-now-officially-canadian/

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

Genealogical Legacies, Codicils, and Related Resources – Links

How to Archive Family Keepsakes by Denise May Levenick (Family Tree Books, 2012). Chapter 5 “Organize for the Future” includes sample codicils for Genealogy and Digital Assets.
See also her website, The Family Curator: http://thefamilycurator.com

After You’re Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee (Hack Genealogy, 2015)

“What Happens To Your Genealogy Research When You’re Gone?” Lorine McGinnis Schulze, Olive Tree Genealogy: http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.ca/2015/01/what-happens-to-your-genealogy-research.html

“GENEALOGY – Your digital legacy: Time to make arrangements” by Kenneth H. Thomas Jr. for the Atlanta Journal Constitution: http://www.myajc.com/news/lifestyles/your-digital-legacy-time-to-make-arrangements/nmbYt/

Genealogical Codicil form, Katherine R. Willson, © 2014: https://moonswings.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/genealogical-codicil-to-will.pdf

Digital Asset checklist and List forms, © 2015 Julie Miller, JPM Genealogy Research: http://www.jpmresearch.com/jpm/downloads.html

Various forms for estate planning Free – Genedocs Templates Facebook Group and website, Eric Jelle.
Genedocs Templates – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/genedocstemplates
Genedocs: http://genedocs.blogspot.ca/

A warning – “Cleaning Mother’s House” by Michael John Neill, Rootdig: http://www.rootdig.com/adn/cleaningmothershouse.html

Donate research to the Society of Genealogists: http://www.sog.org.uk/learn/share-your-knowledge/

Donate to FamilySearch – note what is not accepted: https://familysearch.org/sites/default/uploads/Donations-Guidelines-REVISION-12-July-2012.pdf

Donate to the BCGS Walter Draycott Library – contact the Library Administrator for advice – bcgs@bcgs.ca or call the Library 604 502 9119

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.


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.