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:

This very pretty snowflake is courtesy of Snowflakes for Christmas


You are invited to add your member’s voice to the re-imagining of the BCGS Mission and Vision. The board appointed a planning sub-committee to distill our organization’s previous goals and expressions of purpose, combined with recent brainstorming products.

Mission Statement—What The BCGS Does: 
(A statement describing the reason an organization or program exists and used to help guide decisions about priorities, actions, and responsibilities.)

The British Columbia Genealogical Society Mission is to serve and grow best practices and is dedicated to discovery, collection, preservation and access to family history research.

Vision Statement—Where the BCGS wants to go:
(A statement describing the clear and inspirational long-term desired change resulting from an organization’s or program’s work.)

The British Columbia Genealogical Society with collaborative leadership will provide a sustainable environment for meaningful learning opportunities for all.

See The British Columbia Genealogist (September 2015 issue) for more information.

Consultations will be held at the BCGS Library –

November 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm followed by a presentation by M. Diane Rogers on “Keeping Up In Genealogy – News You Can Really Use”.

The previous session was September 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm followed by “Casting the Net: Seeking Ancestors on the Internet” by Brenda Smith.

At the November Board meeting the statements will be presented for inclusion in the 2016 AGM notification package.

Please contact us to comment about the proposed Mission and Vision.


Postal Mail: BCGS Mission-Vision Sub-Committee, P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC, CANADA, V6X 3T6

Surrey Family History Center – fall hours

Surrey British Columbia Family History Center

Fall and Winter Hours – from September 8th 2015: Tuesdays 10 am-9 pm; Wednesdays 10 am to 2 pm, Thursdays 2 pm to 9 pm

Location: 6270 126 Street, Surrey, BC V3X 1T9

Telephone: 604-597-9695

E-mail: surreyfhc @

More Surrey Family History Center information:

BCGS Editor’s Chat, Sept 30, 2015

News and views on genealogy, especially in British Columbia. The chat is coming up Wednesday, 30 September, at 7 pm, Pacific time, right here at

Ooops! Somehow I gave the wrong date for the Genealogy Do-Over start – it is this Friday as I said, but Friday 2 Oct. 2015 (not Oct. 9 as I said). Here’s a weblink with all the info:

Happy British Columbia Day!

Today it’s British Columbia Day! Most around the province will be relaxing or otherwise enjoying our great summer weather.

Some may feel sad that archives and libraries are closed today, as is our own BCGS Walter Draycott Library, but there’s plenty to do on-line here if you have your device at the beach or elsewhere and need to get some research done.

On our own BC Genealogical Society website, among many other things, for free you can

  1. Check to see if one of our members shares your surnames.
  2. Search our BC Pioneer registry for your British Columbia families here before 1900.
  3. Use our database of on-line BC newspapers to find an obituary.
  4. Locate an article in our journal index for The British Columbia Genealogist.
  5. Copy a postcard image from our international Postcard Galleries for your personal use

And if you’re a BCGS member, sign-in to the BCGS Members’ Area for more indexes and information.

Not already a BC Genealogical Society member? Join on-line today – learn about our BCGS Membership Benefits.