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 – Sept. 13, 2017 – Annual Harvest Supper

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The first meeting of the fall will be Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 featuring our Harvest Supper at the Danish Lutheran Church in Burnaby, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St.
Reserve your tickets now. Contact Lynne Fletcher at lynnefletcher@telus.net or 604 942 3663

Supper from 6-7 pm. The meeting will start at 7:30 pm.

Two group topics:
Preparing for a Salt Lake City trip with Eunice Robinson.
English Group – Parish Records with Lorraine Irving.

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All interested are very welcome to attend. Refreshments.

BCGS General Meeting – August 9, 2017 – Speaker Ron Hyde

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Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C., sample postcard, postmarked 1909, Stedman Brothers. Courtesy Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Postcards Collection: MSC130-4425-02

The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting will be Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church in Burnaby, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Ron Hyde will be speaking. Ron is a writer and an historian specializing in the history of the Richmond area of BC and is the author of The Sockeye Special: the story of the Steveston tram and early Lulu Island.

Ron is Membership Chair of the British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF), and was a BCHF Honorary President. The Historical Federation has been promoting and preserving British Columbia’s history since its beginnings in 1922. Read one of Ron’s articles about the BCHF in The Scriver, the newsletter of the Society of BC Notaries Public of BC.

And there will be a Genealogical Cocktail Party.

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All interested are very welcome to attend. Refreshments.

The first meeting of the fall will be Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 featuring our Harvest Supper. Reserve your tickets now. Contact Lynne Fletcher at lynnefletcher@telus.net or 604 942 3663

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BCGS General Meeting – July 12, 2017 – European & Scottish groups meet

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Old cemetery, Bagolino, Italy, 2013.
Photographer, Riccardo Palazzani, Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting will be Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church in Burnaby, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Two research groups meet after the business meeting:

European group – talks on research in Italy & France & other topics, depending on group suggestions. On Saturday, July 15th, there will also be a European Research Day at the BCGS Library in Surrey, Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue from 10 am to 3 pm. Group meeting 1-3 pm. Library – 604 502 9119

Scottish group – talk on cemeteries and monumental inscriptions; then general discussion.

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All interested are very welcome to attend.

BCGS Family History Book Awards & Strawberry Tea – June 14, 2017 in Burnaby

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The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, features the Annual Family History Award presentations, authors’ talks and the annual Strawberry Tea! Authors from around British Columbia will be speaking about their books and their own writing experiences.

Time: starting at 7:30 pm
Location: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.
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All interested are very welcome to attend.
Learn more about the BCGS Family History Book Awards here.

Tickets for our “Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors” Seminar, 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.

Group meetings and chats coming up in June – at the BCGS Library unless otherwise stated. Check back for updates.

Coffee Chats

June 4 – Quebec Questers – 10-noon change from normal date due to BCGS Seminar.
June 24 – English Group – 10-noon – topic: British Home Children.
June 27 – DNA Group, 1-3 pm.

Groups
June 13 – Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group, 1-3 pm, 2nd Tues. each month, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia, 3rd floor meeting room.
June 14 – Mac/Reunion Group, 2nd Wed. before the BCGS Member Meeting at the Danish Church.
June 21 – New Welsh Group, 3rd Wed. each month, 10:30-noon at the Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue, Vancouver, BC – downstairs, enter from the back of the building.

Seminar
June 9-11 – BCGS Annual Seminar, Friday June 9 to Sunday June 11.

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

June 17 – Highland Games and Scottish Festival, Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam. George Caldwell, BCGS Scottish Group Facilitator will be speaking at 1:45 pm in the Cultural Tent. Visit the BCGS in the Clan area.

June 17-18 – Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Scandinavian Centre, Burnaby. Get genealogy help, shop at the BCGS Boutique or share your family history with the BCGS-Scandinavian Cultural Society Genealogy Group in the Icelandic Room in the Centre.

Photograph courtesy of pixel2013 at Pixabay