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.

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)

BCGS Christmas Social – Dec. 9, 2016 in Burnaby, BC

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The BCGS Christmas Social is Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 7:30 pm in Burnaby, BC.

Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. See a printable map of the meeting location.

Seasonal refreshments, entertainment and the popular annual BCGS pocket book sale.

Donations of both holiday goodies and of paperback books for the book sale will be appreciated.

Please renew your BCGS membership for 2016 right now on-line or at the meeting or by mail. Don’t forget to enter our BCGS Bring-A-Friend Contest too. Bring your friend to the Christmas Social!

November 11, 2015 BCGS General Meeting – Military Memories

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Poppies near Kelling, North Norfolk, UK, June 2002; Photographer John Beniston (Palmiped). Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Poppy2004.JPG#/media/File:Poppy2004.JPG

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby. All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.
Directions and map (.pdf)

Continuing on our usual military theme for our November meeting, this year we would like to invite our members to share the stories and/or adventures of their family members. If you would like to participate and share one of your family’s military experiences, please let Eunice know at eunice@dccnet.com – each presentation to be between 8-10 minutes.

BCGS General Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

BCGS General Meeting – Oct. 14, 2015 – October Classes – Scottish & Canadian Prairies

The Scottish Group, with George Caldwell, will be meeting at the October 14, 2015 General Meeting, so bring your research questions or answers and share.

For our Canadian researchers, we will focus on the Prairies – Judith Ueland and Brenda Smith will facilitate this session.  Brenda will be sharing her summer research in Saskatchewan.

BCGS General Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

BCGS General Meeting and Harvest Supper – Sept 9, 2015, Burnaby

BCGS_Harvest_Supper-2015Be sure to attend the BC Genealogical Society’s second annual Harvest Supper, 6-7 pm, Wednesday, 9 September, 2015 before the General Meeting at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
Directions and map (.pdf)

The dinner cost is $10. RSVP to Darlene at 604-591-2841, or to Lynne at 604-942-3663 before Sept. 4th, please.

The dinner was well attended last year and a great time was had by all, so reserve your places early. [ If you need to e-mail about the supper, send a note to bcgs@bcgs.ca ]

The general meeting will begin at 7:30 pm.

Group sessions after the meeting will include the English Interest Group and the USA Interest Group