Welcome to BCGS Library Week – 2016



Anyone interested is invited to come to the library this week, bring your family history information and questions – the volunteers will attempt to assist you.

SUNDAY, July 17th – OPEN HOUSE – 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Refreshments.

MONDAY TO SATURDAY, July 18th to 23rd – Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM each day.

1:00 pm – EUROPEAN RESEARCH -Brenda Smith; M. Diane Rogers & other members





1:00 PM – DNA AND GENEALOGY – M. Diane Rogers

Special databases available free, MyHeritage and Quebec Genealogy and PRDH, in addition to Ancestry Library Edition and American Ancestors.

For more information about Library Week, see the BCGS Library Week page.

Address: BCGS Walter Draycott Library – 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC
Telephone: 604 502 9119

For more information about the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, and a map, see the main Library page.

We will be posting information daily about Library resources during the week.

The fun Wordsift above which reflects some of the BCGS Library’s holdings is courtesy of Wordsift 2.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Predecessors

Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police History and Genealogy

“What a Year 1920 Was” (RNWNP, Dominion Police, the new RCMP), RCMP Veterans’ Assn.: http://www.rcmpveteransvancouver.com/what-a-year-1920-was-for-the-force/

Federal records, digitized microfilm – Dominion Police, North West Mounted Police, RCMP. Héritage (Canadiana.org): http://heritage.canadiana.ca/

North West Mounted Police – Personnel Records, 1873-1904, database, Library and Archives Canada: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/nwmp-personnel-records/pages/north-west-mounted-police.aspx

Defending the Law: The North-West Mounted Police, 1873-1920, HistoricPlaces.ca: http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/pages/45_rcmp_grc.aspx

“Without Fear, Favour or Affection”: The Men of the North West Mounted Police, archived exhibit, Library and Archives Canada: https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/nwmp-pcno/index-e.html

Sir Sam Steele Collection: http://steele.library.ualberta.ca/explore

RCMP Heritage Centre: http://www.rcmpheritagecentre.com/home/exhibits

RCMP Obituary Index, RCMP Quarterly, 1933-1989, Saskatchewan Genealogical Society: http://saskgenealogy.com/databases/public_databases/RCMP_Obituary_Index.pdf

RCMP Quarterly – a BCGS volunteer is indexing articles of interest from the BCGS Library collection of RCMP Quarterly journals. This index is being published in The British Columbia Genealogist and is available in the Library. The BCGS Library is interested in filling in gaps in the collection. The Quarterly began in 1933. Since 1999, it has been the official magazine of the RCMP Veterans’ Association.

See also The Officer Down Memorial Page for officers killed in the line of duty:(Canada) http://canada.odmp.org/

BC Genealogical Society receives LAC DHCP grant – The BCGS Pedigree Chart project

The British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) is pleased, indeed excited, to announce to members and friends of the Society that we were successful in our application for a Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Documentary Heritage Community Programme (DHCP) grant for 2015-2016 – Funded by the Government of Canada / Financé par le gouvernement du Canada.

This grant programme is a new on-going (5 year) initiative meant for organizations and institutions without government funding, and those eligible included “archives, privately funded libraries, historical societies, genealogical organizations/societies, professional associations and museums with an archival component”.

We were pleased to see genealogical societies listed among the eligible groups. Sixty-five DHCP projects received grants, including one from the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society.

The DHCP grants are intended to:

“Increase access to, and awareness of Canada’s local documentary heritage institutions and their holdings; and
– Increase the capacity of local documentary heritage institutions to better sustain and preserve Canada’s documentary heritage.”

Since our beginnings in 1971, British Columbia Genealogical Society members and others have contributed their family history research to the Society to ensure both its preservation and access to all interested researchers.

The oldest parts of this unique collection, known as the BCGS Pedigree Chart collection, consists of pedigree charts, trees and family information sheets which are held in the BCGS Library. Many of the documents were handwritten in pen or pencil; various sizes and types of paper were used; some are now fading or otherwise deteriorating. Interestingly, the worst are often those printed on early computer printers.

These charts have never been copied, although volunteers have indexed all the family names on the documents.

With this DHCP grant to the BC Genealogical Society these documents are being scanned professionally. The original documents then will be stored for preservation purposes, and the scans will be available to researchers at the BCGS Library and on the BCGS website.

At the first BC Genealogical Society meeting of 2016, Wednesday, January 13, there will be a presentation outlining the project and inviting members and others to add their family information to this overall collection for future researchers use, but now electronically.

The January 13, 2016 BCGS General Meeting will start at 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby, BC. See a printable map of the meeting location.

Watch for more news about this project.
BCGS printable blank Pedigree Chart (.pdf)

BCGS Walter Draycott Library – Holiday closure from Dec. 22, 2015- Reopening Jan. 5, 2016


It’s that time of year again!

The BCGS Library is closed for the holidays from Saturday, December 19th, 2015 at 3:00 pm and will reopen on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 at 10:00 am, providing the weather is favourable.

Please remember – if it snows at any time, the Library is closed.

Telephone 604 502 9119
Library catalogues and other information on-line: http://www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=87

This very pretty snowflake is courtesy of Snowflakes for Christmas