Australian Research – free session – Nov 15, 2016 Surrey BC – Geoff & Marg Doherty

The British Columbia Genealogical Society
and The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints
is pleased to offer a FREE presentation on Australian Genealogy, featuring

Geoff Doherty and Marg Doherty
from Brisbane, Australia

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LDS Surrey Stake Location – Relief Society room
6270 – 126th Street, Surrey, BC.
Space is limited so please register.
Contact Jeannie Vance at
or phone the Library at 604-597-9695 and leave your name and number to register.

BCGS European Group Day – Oct 1, Surrey, BC

European Group Day at the BCGS Library, October 1st, 2016


Date: Sat, 1 October, 10:00 – 15:00
Location: BCGS Walter Draycott Library – 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

– come for research and/or a tour in the morning, explore the book, journal, CD and map collections; attend the group session in the afternoon in the Board Room, starting at 1 pm – topics – immigration/website reviews.

Here are the notes and links from the last European group session at the Library during BCGS Library Week in July.

For more about the Library, see the Walter Draycott Library pages

For more info, contact Diane Rogers:


Beginning Genealogy and Family History in England and Wales

Contributed by Marilyn Ponting

The most useful records for researching Victorian ancestors are the census which was taken every 10 years starting in 1841, and civil registration (government records of births, marriage and deaths.)

The census is available on subscription websites that are available free of charge to researchers at all FamilySearch Centres. Locally in Burnaby, Surrey and Abbotsford.
Ancestry Library Edition is available without charge at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey. Also at most public libraries – available at . Fraser Valley Libraries including George Mackie Library in North Delta and Langley libraries, and at Cloverdale Library in Surrey.
The latest census released in the U.K. is 1911

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Lesley Anderson speaking on “Ain’t I A Woman” – Oct 14, 2016 Burnaby

The BC Genealogical Society presents Lesley Anderson


Friday, October 14th, Burnaby, BC

Lesley Anderson, of, will speak on
“Ain’t I a Woman?” Finding women on Ancestry.


Location, Danish Lutheran Church ,
6010 Kincaid Street, Burnaby, BC.
(where we hold our monthly meetings).

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Doors open about 7 p.m.
Time updated 13 Oct. 2016.

Lesley Anderson will be speaking also at the Finding Your Roots all day seminar, October 15, 2016 in Surrey, BC. on Searching Canadian Records, Ancestry trees, and AncestryDNA

BCGS General Meeting and Harvest Supper – Sept 14, 2016, Burnaby

Cornucopia of autumn harvest vegetables and fruits

Be sure to attend the BC Genealogical Society’s annual Harvest Supper, 6-7 pm, Wednesday, 14 September, 2016 before the General Meeting at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
Directions and mapDirections and map (.pdf)

The dinner cost is $10. RSVP to Lynne at 604-942-3663, please.

The BCGS Harvest supper has always been well attended and all enjoyed their chicken dinner and the conversations, so reserve your places early. [If you need to e-mail about the supper, send a note to ]

The general meeting will begin at 7:30 pm.

Group sessions after the meeting will include the European and the Ask Me! groups.

The European Group will also be hosting European Research Day at the BCGS Library, October 1.

Image courtesy George GrimmHowell at