BCGS Editor’s Chat – Sept 23, 2013 – 7 pm at

A very quiet chat!   Everyone must have been watching the brand new ‘Genealogy Roadshow’.

Some news on upcoming events, the University of Manitoba’s new digital portal, and Judy Webster’s Queensland Australia website – and a question – which apps are people using for #genealogy on their mobile devices (or not!)? Continue reading

Reminder: BCGS Genealogy 101 classes – Fall 2013, Surrey BC

Genealogy 101 Sessions to be held at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC, Sept. – Oct. 2013

Genealogy 101 – Civil Registration session with Lorraine Irving
When: Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
Location: BCGS Walter Draycott Library
Where: 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

Genealogy 101 – Organizing Your Genealogy session with Eunice Robinson
When: Thursday, Oct 17, 2013
Location: To be held at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library
Where: 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

$10. each class; 10:30-12:30 pm. Contact the BCGS Education Chair, Eunice Robinson, for details. Call 604-596-2811 or

Originally published 16 August, 2013


BCGS Members’ Only Area

The BCGS Members’ Only area is now open to BC Genealogical Society members.


Member’s Q & A forum for both genealogy questions/comments and for questions about BCGS activities and programmes. Direct links to members’ info and members’ update forms, etc. And our own BCGS Glossary.

More detailed information for members on BCGS activities and committees


BCGS Library Catalogue – downloadable spreadsheet versions (MS Excel & Open Office)
New acquisitions list, BCGS Library
BCGS Clipping file alphabetical indexes – from the BCGS Walter Draycott Library newspaper clipping files. In progress.
British Columbians, World War II, Index – died in service.
First Lutheran Church, Vancouver, BMD Indexes. In progress.
BC Books Index – from the British Columbia local history book indexing project at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library.
Index of personal notices, Vancouver Province, 1990s In progress
BC Misc. Newspapers,various years, personal notices In progress
The Gold Stripe Index – Post World War I, British Columbia

BCGS Members Only:

To enter the BCGS Members’ Only Area, click the MEMBER LOGIN button on the above menu bar.

You will be prompted to enter the initial password you’ve been given. (Contact the BCGS Webmaster if you don’t know it.) Then you will need to register. (A ‘Register’ button should be in the top right hand section of the first page you will see in the Members’ Only area.) You will enter a username of your choice, your real name, and your e-mail address.  Then a personal password will be automatically set and sent to your e-mail address. The BCGS webmasters will then check your information and confirm you into the system. This won’t be instantaneous, but we hope to look after you quickly.

Alternatively, e-mail the BCGS Webmaster with your name, membership # and your choice of username. An account will be set up for you and a password will be e-mailed.

If you are changing your e-mail address, or using a new one (or two), please let the webmasters know.

A question? Or a problem? Contact the BCGS webmaster:

Not already a British Columbia Genealogical Society member? We’d welcome you! Please check out BCGS membership benefits and fill out an application form on the BCGS membership page.

Reminder – BCGS General Meeting, Sept. 11, 2013 in Burnaby

West End School class 1897 Vancouver BCThe next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 11 September, 2013, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Group Sessions after the general meeting will be:

Scottish Group -with George Caldwell

Computer Group -What comes now after PAF, or not? Join us for a discussion on genealogy software choices.

See a printable map of the Danish Church area with directions here.

The photograph above shows an 1897 school class in front of the West End School at the corner of Burrard Street and Barclay Streets in Vancouver, BC.

The people were identified as principal Robert Fraser and students: Robert Gilmour, T.S. Dixon, Walter B. Ellis, William Stark, Robert Arnett, Pennie Gibb, Maud Curry, Jennie Anstie, Percy Barnett, Arthur Lett, Ernest Dickie, George Wilson, Gordon Harris, Ponsford, Claude Thieke, Bessie Menzies, Elsie Knowles, Maud Munro (Mrs. Robert Telford), Margartet Muir, , Edith Godfrey, Olive Preston, Elsie Curry, Margaret Muir, Edith Godfrey, Olive Preston, Elsie Curry, Ethel Burns, Fanny McQueen, Helen Peck, Pearl Musgrove, Maggie Knowles, Elsie Carr, Hattie Mackay, Edna Cook and others.  William Stark, one of these students, donated the photograph to the City Archives in 1939.

Photograph courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives, AM54-S4-: Sch P37.

According to the Brief History of Schools in Vancouver by Val Hamilton, West End School operated from 1897 to 1907 and was also called Old Burrard Street School and Dawson Primary. It was replaced by Aberdeen.

BCGS Library Week and Open House – July 14-20, 2013

Only 2 days to go!

Volunteers at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, 2011

Attend the BCGS Open House Sunday, July 14 from 2-4 pm at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC. Refreshments. All interested are welcome to attend. A feature this year will be a look at the new Members’ Only area of this website.

BCGS Volunteers welcome you!

The annual BCGS free Library Week is Monday, July 15 to Saturday, July 20, open 10 am to 3 pm. Different geographic areas and talks featured each day, but drop in and ask for assistance with your particular search any of the days.

See all the details and a schedule of the talks here.

The Library has over 14,000 worldwide books and CDs, and much more including journals and magazines, microfilm and fiche, and unique indexes and collections. Subscription databases available free to visitors now include Ancestry Library Edition, Genealogical Research Library and American Ancestors – and new this month is access to Come and check these sites out.

Our thanks to HomeLife Select Realty which is allowing us extra parking spots for Library Week this year. Look for parking spots numbered 211 and 212.  A library volunteer will give you a pass to place on your dashboard.