What’s new at BCGS – the BCGS Phone Tree

old fashioned telephone

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.

Upcoming BCGS General Meetings – 2013

Upcoming  BC Genealogical Society General Meetings, November-December 2013

November – Burnaby— Wednesday, November 13, 2013 

remember Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Where: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Topic: Remembrance. Members may present their military related stories or bring displays. Contact Eunice Robinson to reserve.

This meeting will be the last day to enter the Most Improved Genealogist contest. BCGS members should contact Eunice Robinson by e-mail, telephone or at the meeting about submissions.

December – Burnaby— Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – BCGS Christmas Social

MC900436341Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Where: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.


Seasonal refreshments, members’ displays and the very popular annual BCGS pocket book sale. BCGS members, please contact Eunice Robinson to ensure space for your displays. Donations of both holiday goodies and of paperback books for the book sale are always appreciated..

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

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
e-mail: eunice@dccnet.com

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: webmaster@bcgs.ca

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.