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.

BCGS General Meeting – June 10, 2015 – BCGS Book Awards & Strawberry Tea

BCGS Strawberry TeaThe next BCGS general meeting will be Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map.

Annual BCGS Family History Award presentations and authors’ talks.

Strawberry Tea!

All interested are very welcome to attend.

Reminder – 2014 BCGS BRING-A-FRIEND Membership Contest Deadline

There’s still time to enter the 2014 BCGS BRING-A-FRIEND MEMBERSHIP CONTEST!

All current BC Genealogical Society members are eligible for one entry for each full membership (not associate memberships) they sign up from August 2014 to June 1, 2015.

Three Prize Baskets will be awarded at the June 2015 meeting by draw.

See all the Contest details: BCGS Bring-A-Friend Membership Contest

A New Start for Family Trees

Do you know someone who is interested in finding their ‘roots’ but doesn’t know where to begin?  A membership in BCGS is a wonderful starting point for anyone who wants to fill out the branches on their own Family Tree.  And….2015 is the perfect year for giving this gift!  Sign up a new member now, to enter our annual B.C.G.S. Bring-A-Friend Contest, and give yourself a chance to win some great prizes!

Check out the BCGS Bring-A-Friend contest page for more info!

New members, New resolutions in 2015

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.