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)


BCGS General Meeting, May 14, 2014 in Burnaby

Reminder – The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting will be Wednesday, May 14, at 7:30pm in the Downstairs Hall at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a map here.

Special session following the business meeting: A close look at using the BCGS website with the BCGS webmistresses.

Upcoming BCGS Seminar:  Tickets are still available for the May 31 BCGS seminar with Audrey Collins from The National Archives of the UK and Geoff Doherty from Australia. Buy tickets by phone or on-line. See all the details on the BCGS 2014 Seminar page and download the 2014 Seminar brochure.

Check the BCGS website Calendar for information there on all upcoming events. These are posted as soon as details are available. June 17 and 21, for instance, there will be Twitter and Genealogy sessions at the BCGS Library, the annual BCGS Library Open House will be Sunday, July 13, and BCGS Library Week will be July 14-21. Plan to bring interested family, friends and neighbours to these free events.