Join us at a BCGS General Meeting

BCGS General Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month. We now meet at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Our Hospitality Committee will welcome you – anyone interested in genealogy and family history is welcome to attend.

Usually there is a short business meeting, followed by refreshments, and then either there will be a speaker, or two or three of the special interest groups (SIGs) will meet.

Meeting details, including information on the Special Interest Group sessions, are listed on the BCGS Calendar ahead of time. If you’d like to be in touch with a Special Interest Group facilitator before the meeting, see the BCGS SIG facilitators’ contact information here on the BCGS Education page.

Our BCGS Boutique and Publications Committee members are often at meetings with tables of books, BCGS publications and genealogical tools – and fun items too.

You’ll be free to see more about our past projects and talk to members about our current activities.  We hope you will then join us as a BCGS member! See BCGS Membership benefits and application information here.

BCGS General Meeting – May 10, 2017 – Burnaby

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

After the general meeting, there will be a BCGS genealogy cocktail party, followed by refreshments and then two Special Interest Group sessions.

Irish Group – with Eunice Robinson
Canada Group – with Judith Ueland

All interested are welcome to attend.

Tickets for our 2017 Seminar “Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors”, June 9-11 in Burnaby and Coquitlam, are now available at meetings, by e-mail, phone, or on-line with PayPal. You do NOT need to be a PayPal customer to use a credit card to pay with PayPal.
See all the Seminar and registration details with payment options here.

If you have not already renewed, or would like to join the BCGS, please see the Membership Committee at the meeting, or you may renew or join and pay on-line at the BCGS Membership page.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Group meetings and chats coming up in April-May – at the BCGS Library unless otherwise stated

April 29 – Ireland, 1-3 pm.
April 29 – “Ask Us” session, 10 am-noon.
May 6 – England – 10 am-noon.
May 9 – Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group – 1-3 pm at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library.
May 10 – Mac/Reunion Group – at the Danish Church before the BCGS General Meeting.
May 13 – Quebec Questors – 10 am-noon & 1-3 pm.
May 17 – Welsh Group – 10:30 am-12:30 at the Cambrian Hall in Vancouver.
May 20 – Scandinavian Group – 1-3 pm at the Scandinavian Centre in Burnaby.
May 23 – Legacy Family Tree User’s Group – 1-3 pm – A look at Legacy 9!
May 27 – Beginners Computer Chat & Canada – 10-noon & 1-3 pm.

BCGS Annual Seminar, Friday June 9 to Sunday June 11 in Coquitlam and in Burnaby, Friday evening and New Westminster, Sunday (Fraser Cemetery tour).

See the BCGS at these other events – or volunteer to help. See our Events page and the BCGS Calendar page for more details and links.

Abbotsford Family History Day – April 29, 2017 in Abbotsford.
BC Historical Federation Conference – May 25-28 in Chilliwack. Inlcudes a genealogy workshop with BCGS members.
Highland Games and Scottish Festival, June 17, 2017 in Coquitlam.
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, June 17 & 18 in Burnaby.

Edited 8 March 2017

BCGS General Meeting – April 12th, 2017 – 7:30 pm in Burnaby

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“Europe in 1648.-Peace of Westphalia, published 1884. See below for a description. Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

There will be a short business meeting, then groups will meet, including

European Group – discuss tips and tools for navigating research in unfamiliar areas and languages. Bring info on a favourite website for European research!
English group – Erica Williams will present England – Beyond BMDs and Censuses. She will look at a variety of records, including those from Wales, and discuss the use of maps to add context.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

Tickets for our 2017 Seminar “Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors”, June 9-11 in Burnaby and Coquitlam, are now available at meetings, by e-mail, phone, or on-line with PayPal. See all the Seminar and registration details with payment options here.

If you have not already renewed, or would like to join the BCGS, please see the Membership Committee at the meeting, or you may renew or join and pay on-line at the BCGS Membership page.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Group meetings and chats coming up in April at the BCGS Library unless otherwise stated

April 8, 2017, Saturday – Quebec, 10 am to noon.
April 9, 2017, Sunday – POSTPONED – DNA – looking at Mitochondrial DNA, 1 to 3 pm. Contact Diane Rogers diane_rogers@shaw.ca re dates.
April 11, 2017, Tuesday – Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group, 1pm – 3pm at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia, Vancouver.
April 15, 2017, Saturday – European Research Day, 10 am to 3 pm. Meet from 1-3 pm in the Board Room.
April 15, 2017, Saturday – Scandinavian Group, 1pm – 3pm at the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas St., Burn­aby.
April 15, 2017, Saturday – Scotland, note* in the Board Room 10am-noon.
April 22, 2017, Saturday – BCGS Library closed due to all day street closures for parade.
April 29, 2017, Saturday – (POSTPONED from April 22) – Ireland, 1 to 3 pm.
April 29, 2017, Saturday – Ask Us” session, 10 am to noon.

The map above depicts “Europe in 1648.-Peace of Westphalia; showing especially

  • (a,) The Possessions of the two branches of the house of Habsburg at the end of the Thirty Years War (purple).
  • (b,) The possessions of the house of Hohenzollern, (union of Prussia with Brandeburg [blue.]).
  • (c,) The Swedish Empire on both shores of the Baltic and in Northern Germany.
  • (d,) The Danish Monarchy, Denmark, Norway, and Schonen.
  • (e,) The British isles, with the battle-fields of the civil wars.
  • (f,) France, with the battle-fields of the civil wars [red].
  • (g,) Germany with the battle-fields of the Thirty Years War.
  • (h,) The republic of Poland in its greatest extent.
  • (i,) The Western Boundary of Russia.

From “An Historical Atlas Containing a Chronological Series of One Hundred and Four Maps, at Successive Periods, from the Dawn of History to the Present Day.” by Robert H. Labberton. Sixth Edition. 1884.” Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.

CANCELLED – BCGS General Meeting – Feb. 8, 2017, 7:30 pm Burnaby

CANCELLED – DUE to the weather, this General Meeting for Feb. 8, 2017 has been CANCELLED.

McGavin's Bakery dance, 1946, Vancouver

McGavin’s Bakery employees dance, 1946, Vancouver. See below for more information

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Two sessions:

Topic: England – Beyond BMDs and Censuses

The speaker will be Erica Williams, BCGS Member and President of the Maple Ridge Historical Society.

Erica will look at a variety of other records such as the differences between county records from Wales and BMD records, electoral rolls, actual church records, cemeteries, some school admission records and the 1939 Register. And she will discuss how to use maps for context.

Topic: “Just Ask Us” Local Historians & Family Historians

The presenter will be Eunice Robinson, BCGS Education Chair and President of the Sea Island Heritage Society.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

If you have not already renewed, or would like to join the BCGS, please see the Membership Committee at the meeting, or you may renew or join and pay on-line at the BCGS Membership page.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Group meetings coming up this month at the BCGS Library, 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

Saturday, 11 February, 10:00 – 12:00 Quebec Group meets.

Saturday, 18 February, 10:00 – 12:00 Scottish Group meets.

Tuesday, 21 February, 13:00 – 15:00 DNA Group – topic DNALand. (updated 6 Feb)

Saturday, 25 February, 13:00 – 15:00 First Nations Group meets.

And elsewhere

Tuesday, 14 February, 13:00 – 15:00 the Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group meets at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia.

Saturday, 18 February, 13:00 – 15:00 the Scandinavian Group meets at the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas St., Burn­aby.

The photo above is one of a few from a McGavin’s Bakery employees dance in Vancouver, 1946. On the walls are historical Company photos. Recognize anyone? Do let us know. Courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives, AM1545-S3-: CVA 586-4834. Photographer Don Coltman, of Steffens-Colmer Studios Ltd.

BCGS General Meeting – January 11th, 2017 – 7:30 pm Burnaby

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Vintage New Year’s postcard, courtesy of Dave, riptheskull, at Flickr. (CC BY-ND 2.0).

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The speaker will be Peter Claydon.

Peter’s topic will be the newly released GRO (United Kingdom – England and Wales) database searches that include mother’s surnames prior to 1911 and ages of death prior to 1878. He will include how to search as well as problems in searching and database errors. Peter will make use of internet access for this talk and he will take us through the actual online database.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

If you have not already renewed, or would like to join the BCGS, please see the Membership Committee at the meeting, or you may renew or join and pay on-line at the BCGS Membership page.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Coming up this month at the BCGS Library

Tuesday, 24 Jan. 2017, the Legacy Family Tree software group meets from 1-3 pm.

Saturday, 28 Jan 2017, The First Nations group meets from 1-3 pm. Please let Alice Marwood know if you plan to attend – 604 582-1548.

BCGS Library – 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC