BCGS Research Links

We continually update our BCGS Research Links for useful Internet websites and information about genealogy and family history.

One of the recently updated articles is below – on Jamaican research. To suggest new or updated links, please e-mail To view the BCGS Research Links, go to the Research tab on the menu bar above and click WorldWide Links or click here for our main WorldWide Research Links page.

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

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.

DNA Research – Genographic Project Chat – Sept. 13, 2013

Watch a live chat about the National Geographic Project with Dr. Spencer Wells here, Friday, 13 Sept. 2013 – 9 am in most of BC – 9 am PDT.

National Geographic is offering anyone interested in ancient genetics a chance to ask questions directly to The Genographic Project and its leader, Dr. Spencer Wells, in a live Twitter chat on September 13 at 12pm ET.

Dr. Wells will be tweeting from his own twitter handle @spwells and participants may ask questions using the hashtag #NatGeoLive

For those not on Twitter, BCGS will show the chat feed here at on the right side of the BCGS home page.  For more information about the chat and the National Genographic, see the National Geographic website.

Join the BCGS for the virtual NARA Genealogy Fair, Sept 3-4, 2013

Update – 10 September 2013.

If you missed the ‘live’ National Archives of the USA’s virtual Genealogy Fair this week – it was great! –  you will be able to see most of the presentations free on-line. Check the NARA Genealogy Fair website for information and links. Handouts are posted there.

The videos for the two days of NARA’s Genealogy Fair are now available to view:


Originally posted 26 August 2013

in Washington, DC, USA, NARA, the National Archives, USA, is having its first ever virtual Genealogy Fair, September 3-4, 2013, featuring live chat & lectures. Genealogy Fair details:

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair 2013 Poster

Click this image for this poster in .pdf format.

We’ll be ‘attending’ the Fair at the BCGS Library in Surrey BC from 10 am to 1 pm (our time) both days, so come & join us. Bring your laptop if you have one. There’s WIFI available.

We’ll have coffee, tea and some sweets, and if you’d like lunch, you can either bring one or pick something up at a nearby coffee shop or store.

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will be open 10 am to 3 pm on Tuesday as usual, and both days you’ll have access to the Library’s collections and to the on-line databases available, including American Ancestors, Ancestry Library Edition, and the Genealogical Research Library.

If you are too far away to join us in person, watch for us on Twitter bcgs_ca and Facebook. Watch and comment on the Twitter feed already right here at the home page – on your right. The NARA Genealogy Fair hashtag is #genfair2013  We’re sure many genealogists and family historians will be participating on-line.

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library is located at 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC.

Regular hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10-3, except holidays.

Telephone: 604 502-9119