Reminder: BCGS Genealogy 101 classes – Fall 2013, Surrey BC

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Genealogy 101 Sessions to be held at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC, Sept. – Oct. 2013

Genealogy 101 – Civil Registration session with Lorraine Irving
When: Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
Location: BCGS Walter Draycott Library
Where: 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

Genealogy 101 – Organizing Your Genealogy session with Eunice Robinson
When: Thursday, Oct 17, 2013
Location: To be held at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library
Where: 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

$10. each class; 10:30-12:30 pm. Contact the BCGS Education Chair, Eunice Robinson, for details. Call 604-596-2811 or

Originally published 16 August, 2013


Join the BCGS for the virtual NARA Genealogy Fair, Sept 3-4, 2013

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Update – 10 September 2013.

If you missed the ‘live’ National Archives of the USA’s virtual Genealogy Fair this week – it was great! –  you will be able to see most of the presentations free on-line. Check the NARA Genealogy Fair website for information and links. Handouts are posted there.

The videos for the two days of NARA’s Genealogy Fair are now available to view:


Originally posted 26 August 2013

in Washington, DC, USA, NARA, the National Archives, USA, is having its first ever virtual Genealogy Fair, September 3-4, 2013, featuring live chat & lectures. Genealogy Fair details:

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair 2013 Poster

Click this image for this poster in .pdf format.

We’ll be ‘attending’ the Fair at the BCGS Library in Surrey BC from 10 am to 1 pm (our time) both days, so come & join us. Bring your laptop if you have one. There’s WIFI available.

We’ll have coffee, tea and some sweets, and if you’d like lunch, you can either bring one or pick something up at a nearby coffee shop or store.

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will be open 10 am to 3 pm on Tuesday as usual, and both days you’ll have access to the Library’s collections and to the on-line databases available, including American Ancestors, Ancestry Library Edition, and the Genealogical Research Library.

If you are too far away to join us in person, watch for us on Twitter bcgs_ca and Facebook. Watch and comment on the Twitter feed already right here at the home page – on your right. The NARA Genealogy Fair hashtag is #genfair2013  We’re sure many genealogists and family historians will be participating on-line.

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library is located at 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC.

Regular hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10-3, except holidays.

Telephone: 604 502-9119


BCGS Library Week and Open House – July 14-20, 2013

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Only 2 days to go!

Volunteers at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, 2011

Attend the BCGS Open House Sunday, July 14 from 2-4 pm at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC. Refreshments. All interested are welcome to attend. A feature this year will be a look at the new Members’ Only area of this website.

BCGS Volunteers welcome you!

The annual BCGS free Library Week is Monday, July 15 to Saturday, July 20, open 10 am to 3 pm. Different geographic areas and talks featured each day, but drop in and ask for assistance with your particular search any of the days.

See all the details and a schedule of the talks here.

The Library has over 14,000 worldwide books and CDs, and much more including journals and magazines, microfilm and fiche, and unique indexes and collections. Subscription databases available free to visitors now include Ancestry Library Edition, Genealogical Research Library and American Ancestors – and new this month is access to Come and check these sites out.

Our thanks to HomeLife Select Realty which is allowing us extra parking spots for Library Week this year. Look for parking spots numbered 211 and 212.  A library volunteer will give you a pass to place on your dashboard.

Reminder – Researching Genealogy in Scotland, Thurs. July 11, 2013, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch

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Researching Genealogy in Scotland Talk – Thursday, July 11, 2013, Vancouver, BC

 Flag of Scotland; The Saltire

George Caldwell. Scottish Group Facilitator for the BC Genealogical Society (BCGS), will be giving a talk on Researching Genealogy in Scotland, Thursday, July 11th from 2:00 – 3:30 pm on the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch Lower Floor in the Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye rooms.

Free. Co-sponsored by the BCGS and the Vancouver Public Library.

Vancouver Public Library (VPL) offers other free genealogy and history related events and activities. See the VPL’s event calendar for details.

George Caldwell will be available on Scotland Day at the BCGS Library, Monday, July 15th during the BCGS free Library Week.

BCGS Library closed on holiday weekends

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Just a reminder that the BCGS Walter Draycott Library is closed on holiday weekends so that our volunteer may celebrate the holidays. .

For 2013, the remaining holiday Saturdays are:

May 18th, for the Victoria Day weekend

June 29th, for the Canada Day weekend

July 27th for the BC Day weekend

August 31 for Labour Day weekend

October 12th for Thanksgiving weekend

November 9th for the Remembrance Day weekend

Usually we are closed for 10 days over Christmas and New Year’s Day. Those dates will be announced soon.

If you have questions, or if you notice any errors or omissions on the BCGS calendar, please contact the webmasters at: