A New Start for Family Trees

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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

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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.

BCGS Searches for Family, and Former Members

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Do you know someone who used to be a member of B.C.G.S. but had to let their membership go because life just “got in the way!” Maybe you are that someone?

B.C.G.S. has sent a special appeal out to our former members, asking you to re-join the society.  Genealogy is a life-long pursuit for most of us, and sometimes we need to take a year or two off as a ‘breather’ to re-calibrate.  B.C.G.S. has new materials, a new meeting place, and new and familiar faces to welcome you back.

Why not let 2015 be the year that you re-join B.C.G.S.? Enjoy the companionship of your fellow genealogists, share your successes and present your mysteries.  You don’t have to “go-it-alone” on the Internet…..and remember, there’s still a whole lot that is not yet on the ‘net……and a B.C.G.S. membership is a great and very economical investment toward uncovering all those “secret” sources!

BCGS Bring A Friend Contest 2013-14

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BCGS BAF-badge      Enter the British Columbia Genealogical Society’s Bring-A-Friend Membership Contest!

All current BCGS members are eligible for one entry for each full membership (not associate memberships) they sign up from August 2013 to June 1, 2014.  (Note this date was extended.)

Three Prize Baskets will be awarded at the June 2014 meeting by draw.

New memberships taken out early will run from September 2013 to December 2014 so this is a nice bonus for the new members too.

See the Bring-A-Friend Membership Contest page for the Contest Membership Application Form.

What’s new at BCGS – the BCGS Phone Tree

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Communication is key to any organization. This fall, the BCGS Membership Committee has initiated a new ‘Phone Tree’.

These are friendly phone calls to keep all our members

  • Informed
  • Interested
  • Involved
  • Invested

We’ll be letting members know about upcoming events, listening to their ideas and answering (or finding answers) to any questions they may have. We intend to give our members a call once in the fall and once in the spring.

This time round, BCGS Board members are the ones talking to members, but we are looking for member volunteers for the Phone Tree. If you would like to help – it’s a fun task –  please give the Membership Committee a quick e-mail to: membership@bcgs.ca or leave a message at the BCGS Library 604 502 9119.

Thank you to VintageFeedsacks for the Old Fashioned Telephone image above.