Website Updates

Over the next few days, there will be some updates to website forms and indexes, in case you notice anything different (or odd).

Hope to have this all tied up in time for the Family Day holiday weekend. A perfect time to interview all the relatives.

Enjoy the holiday everyone.

BCGS Walter Draycott Library – Holiday and Snow Closures

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will close for the holidays from 3 pm, Saturday December 20th, 2014, and reopens at 10 am Saturday, January 3, 2015.

BCGS members may take home circulating books and journals to read so come in this week with your holiday genealogy and family history reading list or browse the shelves for new items.


And please remember, if it snows any time, the Library is closed. Call to confirm if in doubt – 604 502 9119.

The Gold Stripe – post WWI – British Columbia, Canada


The Gold Stripe, Volume 3, 1919 Title page. Soldier – illustration by Albert Udon.


The Gold Stripe, a compilation of articles, stories, illustrations, photographs and poetry, was published in 3 volumes just after World War I as a “tribute to the British Columbia men who have been killed, crippled and wounded in the Great War” and to raise money for the Amputation Club of British Columbia.  Publication years were: Volume 1, 1918; Volume 2, 1919;  Volume 3, 1919.

Most Gold Stripe articles and stories, and a great number of the illustrations were by British Columbians. Some articles are about the war; some are about soldiers and their families and friends trying to reestablish themselves after the war. Continue reading

BCGS Walter Draycott Main Library Catalogue

The main BCGS Library Catalogue includes the books, pamphlets, CDs, DVDs and more. This is still being tested and tweaked.

Watch for an article very soon about the features of our main Library Catalogue.

To search the separate indexes to the BCGS Library’s specialized collections of directories and telephone books, genealogical journals, newsletters and magazines, please go to this page.



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BCGS Free Library Week – July 13-19, 2014


The annual BCGS free Walter Draycott Library Week begins Sunday, July 13th with an Open House from 2-4 pm. Refreshments, including cake, door prizes. All interested are welcome.

From Monday, July 14 to Saturday, July 19, the BCS Walter Draycott Library is open free to all interested from 10 am to 3 pm each day. Talks and activities are scheduled for each day – check the .pdf schedule below – and you may research any day. See the BCGS Annual Library Week page for details.

BCGS 2014 Library Week activities schedule (.pdf)