LOOKING FOR HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR YOUR GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH?
Check out the many websites recommended by BCGS members, sorted here by topic. These are updated from time to time. Please comment on your own favourites and these will be added to the lists. While this is not meant as a comprehensive list of genealogy and family history links, these are links our members have found very useful.
DESCENDANCY and RELATED RESEARCH – including ADOPTION
FUR TRADE IN WESTERN CANADA (especially BC) – including Métis research
MILITARY (worldwide links; see also individual countries)
COUNTRIES / GEOGRAPHIC AREAS – always check for free place-specific tutorials and records/images/indexes at FamilySearch.org Also at the larger commercial websites, like Ancestry.com and FindMyPast.
Ancestry.com – Free Registration for free services, free databases and indexes.
Find the free databases and other resources at Ancestry.com (link to Ancestry.com Help section.) See also: https://support.ancestry.com/s/topic/0TO150000004cAdGAI
Commercial sites may be available to you free at a local library or a FamilySearch Family History Center.
UNITED KINGDOM of GREAT BRITAIN and NORTHERN IRELAND – general websites (See also Ireland)
- England and Wales
- Beginning Research in England and Wales – info & links
- Northern Ireland
Canada’s Provincial Archives – A BCGS Web Guide – pdf download.
Friends of Archives in Canada – A BCGS Web Guide – pdf download.
- British Columbia – See the BC Research pages for BC queries, and the BCGS Research Projects page and additional BC Research pages for links to BC newspapers and obituaries, BC Public Libraries, BC historical and genealogical groups, and more. See also the free FamilySearch British Columbia research wiki section and the FamilySearch research wiki section for Canada.
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Quebec – see the BCGS Quebec Special Interest Group webpage.
See also information on Access to BC’s Health and Medical Records
EUROPE – general links (see also individual countries)
EASTERN EUROPE – general links
CHANNEL ISLANDS – Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey
HOLLAND – see NETHERLANDS
ÉIRE / IRELAND (See also Great Britain and Ireland above)
PORTUGAL (with links for researching Portuguese outside of Portugal)
SCANDINAVIAN / NORDIC COUNTRIES, See the BCGS Scandinavian Special Interest Group webpage.
We are adding new links and information to this website constantly. Please let the BCGS Webmaster know about new and interesting sites.