BCGS Annual Library Week

The 2016 BCGS Walter Draycott free Library Week will start July 17th with our annual Open House and continue Monday through Saturday that week.

See below for this year’s schedule.
Open free to all interested.


SUNDAY, July 17th – OPEN HOUSE – 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Refreshments.

MONDAY TO SATURDAY, July 18th to 23rd – Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM each day.

Scottish Group facilitator George Caldwell will be at the Library.
1:00 pm – EUROPEAN RESEARCH -Brenda Smith; M. Diane Rogers & other members


BCGS President, Robert Whitlock will be at the Library.


US Group Facilitator Judith Ueland will be at the Library.

1:00 PM – DNA AND GENEALOGY – M. Diane Rogers

Special databases available free in addition to Ancestry Library Edition and American Ancestors:

My Heritage Library Edition – highlights –
– 6 billion historical ​records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions
– 2 billion exclusive family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni
– More than 100 million gravestone photos and more than 80 million historical photographs
For more information, see:

Genealogy Quebec – LaFrance French America collection – highlights –
– All marriages from the arrival of the first French settlers to the year 1915 (some 875 000 acts). For marriages 1621 to 1914 included is a link to the image of the original document.
– All baptisms and burials for the 1621-1849 period, with a link to the original (more than 2 206 000 acts).
For more information, see:

PRDH – highlights –
– All the catholic certificates of baptism, marriage and burial of Quebec and the Protestant marriages 1621-1849.
– A genealogical dictionary of families, 1621-1799 Quebec and French-Canada.
– A repertory of couples and filial relations, 1621–1799 Quebec and French Canadian.
For more information, see:

All interested are invited to come to the library, bring your questions, and the volunteers will attempt to assist you.


In 2015, the Open House was Sunday, July 12, 2015 and Library week was Monday, July 13, 2015 to Saturday, July 18, 2015 The Library was open daily 10 am to 3 pm. Free. Watch for details about 2016 dates and activities. All interested in genealogy and family history are welcome.

There are featured sessions with research specialists every day on different geographic areas or genealogical topics. No registration required; space is limited. (Please contact the Library ahead if you would like to bring a group of people.)

Drop in any day during Library Week, no matter the geographic area or topic you are researching. Volunteers are on hand to assist you with finding books, CDs, film, unique databases, etc. each day.

In 2015, sessions included:

July 13 – Ireland – session with Eunice Robinson on researching Irish ancestors.

July 14 – Scotland – assistance with Scotland’s People, George Caldwell

July 15 – England – session with Susan Snalam

July 16 – Canada – immigration talk with Rob Whitlock

July 17 – United States – Loyalist research session with Judith Ueland

July 18 – Europe, Australia, New Zealand

Ask about the BCGS website or using BCGS resources or on-line databases any day. Also sessions on using the Cloud (Dropbox/Google Drive/SkyDrive); and on creating your own toolkit for research trips.

BCGS free Library Week

Library location:  Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.
Telephone: 604 502 9119, Library Administrator, Betty Allen

Our thanks to HomeLife Select Realty which is allowing us extra parking spots for Library Week. Look for parking spots numbered 211 and 212.  A library volunteer will give you a pass to place on your dashboard.

This year geographic areas covered are listed above, but ask us about any other areas of interest.

There will also be help available on using Ancestry Library, Find My Past, or the American Ancestors on-line databases available at the Library.

BCGS Library catalogues are on-line and can be searched ahead of time.

If you’re a beginner, it’s best if you can organize your basic family information first on a pedigree or other family history chart and bring this with you.

BCGS Pedigree chart – free, printable.

For directions and contact information as well as information on regular hours during the year, see the main BCGS Walter Draycott Library page.


BCGS_Library_Week_schedule-2013  (.pdf format)

BCGS Library Week 2013 Handouts (printable, clickable .pdf format)

Facebook for Genealogy by M. Diane Rogers and, as an extra, here is a copy of Katherine R. Willson’s revision of her amazing list, Genealogy on Facebook – links to all kinds of genealogy groups/pages, etc. (in English) on Facebook. Check for revisions from her often. Thank you to Katherine for allowing wide use of her list.

Wikis for Genealogy by M. Diane Rogers

If anyone would like a copy of the Researching Ukrainians in Canada or the Researching Women in Western Canada handouts, please e-mail the webmaster. These are being revised right now but copies will be available.

Last year’s Library Week handouts are below.

BCGS Library Week 2012 Handouts

Scottish Research with George Caldwell – Scottish Sources 2012

Using Ancestry / Ancestry Library Edition with M. Diane Rogers – the two tip sheets linked here are available free from ProQuest, the company that offers Ancestry Library Editon.

Quick User Guide: Ancestry Library Edition: PDF format Link:

Key Differences between and Ancestry Library Edition (from ProQuest): PDF format  Link:

English Research with Susan SnalamHow History Should Influence Your Research

The Legacy sponsored webinar – Plan Your Way to Research Success with Marian Pierre-Louis is on-line free to view till July 30, 2012 at the Legacy Family Tree Genealogy Software website..

BCGS Legacy software user group – the standard edition of the Legacy Family Tree software is free to download at the Legacy Family Tree Genealogy Software website.

Using, the New England Historic Genealogical Society website, available at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library – BCGS United States Group talk with Judith Ueland. United States Group talk – (NEHGS)

Australian Genealogy Research with M. Diane Rogers –

Australia – general handout -2012

Australia – military research -2012

Australian Newspapers-2012


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