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)

The British Columbia Genealogist – December 2015 issue

Thank you to those commenting on the journal at last night’s meeting. Glad you read and enjoy it!

Thank you to all our authors who participated in our recent article challenge – “My Ancestor Was A __________” I loved the articles, each with such a different take on the theme. As promised, there will be a prize draw – watch for that in January.

As a followup to some of the December 2015 journal articles

Home Children – Library and Archives Canada just today published a “Guide to Sending Organizations and Receiving Homes”, but apparently it’s still not public. Instead follow this link Home Children: 1869-1930 to LAC’s many resources for Home Child research. The Guide should be linked there very soon.
Check out Library and Archives Canada’s Blog too.

And this BCGS website section: British Home Children; British Child Migrants

Vancouver Province long term subscribers, 1929 – Follow the link to this new index on the BCGS website – over 2700 names from around British Columbia.

Australian marriages 1850’s/1860s – This index A-Z will be available in the Members’ Only area by next week.

And remember those Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions

As, President Rob said – Back up, Back up! Here is our Backup Your Genealogy! – and Cloud Storage resource section.

And think seriously about what will happen to your genealogy ‘when you’re gone’. Here’s our section of links to articles and templates you can use for Genealogical Legacies, Codicils, and Related Resources

And links to a few Upcoming BCGS Events and Activities

The BCGS 2016 Seminar with Chris Paton, 30 April, [Location now Richmond – 1/2016], BC. Tickets would make great Christmas presents!

Bring A Friend Membership Contest

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


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.

Email: bcgs@bcgs.ca

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 @ gmail.com

More Surrey Family History Center information: https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Surrey_British_Columbia_Family_History_Center