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

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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

BCGS Library Tours – Fall 2015

BCGS-Library-BuildingThe BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey is offering tours of the Library with Alice Marwood on the following dates.

All interested are welcome.

Visitors to the BCGS Library have access to over 16,000 worldwide publication titles, as well as records on microfilm and fiche, tapes and CDs, on-line databases and unique genealogical research resources for British Columbia and other areas.

Tour Dates

September 8, 2015, Tuesday – from 10 am to noon.

October 8, 2015, Thursday – from 1 to 3 pm.

November 21, 2015, Saturday – from 10 am to noon.

December 8, 2015, Tuesday – from 10 am to noon.

Telephone: 604 502 9119
Library Location: Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Regular hours -Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 10am – 3pm year round. Closed holiday weekends.

For more BCGS Library information, see these web pages:
BCGS Walter Draycott Library
BCGS Library Catalogues

BCGS Film-Fiche Catalogue

The newest films at the BCGS are from the British Library’s Haldimand Papers. These are from the Vancouver Branch, United Empire Loyalist’s Association of Canada’s collection, recently donated to the BCGS Walter Draycott Library.

The film-fiche collection includes some British Columbia newspapers, Canadian census, Ontario marriages, British cemetery recordings, birth and marriage indexes and much more. The Library has film-fiche readers and a scanner for members and visitors to use. For more information about researching at the BCGS Library, please follow this link.

BCGS Film-Fiche Catalogue

wdt_IDCOUNTRYCOUNTYPROVINCE/STATECITYPARISHRECORD DESCRIPTIONAREAYEARNOTESREFERENCEMEDIA
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1 AUSTRALIA Death Index 1873 - 1894 Fiche
2 AUSTRALIA Marriage Index Brides 1884-1893 Fiche
3 AUSTRALIA Marriage Index Bridgrooms 1884-1893 Fiche
4 AUSTRALIA QUEENSLAND BRISBANE Death Index Brisbane 1874-1894 Fiche
5 AUSTRALIA QUEENSLAND Death Index Queensland 1895-1899 Fiche
6 AUSTRALIA QUEENSLAND Death Index Queensland 1897-1899 Fiche
7 AUSTRALIA QUEENSLAND BRISBANE Marriage Index Brisbane 1856-1873 Fiche
8 AUSTRALIA QUEENSLAND BRISBANE Marriage Index Brisbane 1874-1885 Fiche
9 AUSTRALIA QUEENSLAND BRISBANE Marriage Index Brisbane 1886-1893 Fiche
10 AUSTRALIA QUEENSLAND Marriage Index Queensland 1894-1897 Fiche