British Columbia Day – Aug. 7, 2017 – BCGS Library Closed

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Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C., sample postcard, mailed 1909, Stedman Brothers. Courtesy Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Postcards Collection: MSC130-4425-02

Wishing everyone a happy British Columbia Day, Monday, August 7th, 2017.

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will be closed this weekend so that Library volunteers may celebrate the holidays.

BCGS Librarians Honoured by BC Historical Federation

Each year, the British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) awards Certificates of Recognition to individual members of BCHF Member Societies who have given exceptional service to their organization or community either for a specific project or for long service in the preservation of British Columbia’s history.

The Award of Recognition, presented to BCGS Library Administrator Betty Allen, at the BCHF Conference Banquet, Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at the Coast Hotel in Chilliwack, acknowledges the efforts of the librarians who have created and served the BC Genealogical Society’s library from 1971 to the present. Over a period of 46 years, the librarians have guided the society and grown one of the province’s premier genealogical libraries.

Shannon Bettles, the Federation’s Recognition Committee Chair said,

“Congratulations on your Award of the British Columbia Historical
Federation’s Certificate of Recognition. Your interest and activities in preserving and promoting British Columbia’s colourful history is very much appreciated.”

 The BC Genealogical Society’s Library Heads listed from 1971 are:

1971-72 Joanne Hughes – first official BCGS Librarian – Sept 1971
1972-73 Maureen Hyde
1973-75 Alice Marwood
1975-76 Merle Smith
1976-77 Mary Elizabeth Davidson and Mary Hardy Knox
1977-84 Alice Marwood
1984-87 Beryl Hoeppner
1987-1990 Valerie Melanson
1990-91 Ruth Blue
1991-97 Tom and Margaret Steele
1997-2003 Barbara Monasch
2004 –  Betty Allen

Maureen Hyde, one of BCGS’s very first librarians, was also at the Banquet. Four BCGS-BCHF members supported the nomination, Jacqueline Gresko, Cathy Magee, M. Diane Rogers, and Brenda M. Smith. Jacqueline, Diane and Brenda were present at the banquet, as were BCGS members Ron Hyde, Kenneth Livingstone, BCGS First Vice-President, and Erica Williams. Alice Marwood’s years of service to the BCHF were remembered at the Federation’s AGM “In Memoriam”.

Learn more about the history of the BC Genealogical Society Library, in 1996 named as the Walter Draycott Memorial Library – read Sylvia Pencer’s article on-line “The History of the B. C. G. S. Resource Library” (2005).

The BCGS Walter Draycott Memorial Library in Surrey, BC, is open year round, 3 days a week, to members and other researchers. See the Library’s main webpage for details, catalogues, etc.

Read about all the BC Historical Federation’s 2017 Awards and see conference photos at the Federation’s website www.bchistory.ca

BCGS Walter Draycott Library closed Sat. April 22, 2017 – Irish chat rescheduled

The BCGS Library will be closed all day Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 due to local traffic restrictions for Surrey’s Vaisakhi Parade that day.

The Irish Chat scheduled on the 22nd with Irish Group facilitator Eunice Robinson has been moved to Saturday, April 29th instead, from 1-3 in the afternoon.

The “Ask Us” session will still be in the morning, 10-noon, Saturday, April 29th.

BCGS European Group Day – Oct 1, Surrey, BC

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

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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: canadagenealogy@shaw.ca