Who we are


The British Columbia Genealogical Society’s mission is to serve and to grow best practices, and is dedicated to discovery, collection, preservation and access to family history research.


Using collaborative leadership, the British Columbia Genealogical Society will provide a sustainable environment for meaningful learning opportunities for all.


  • Members of the BCGS have been actively researching and preserving their own and British Columbia, Canada’s genealogical heritage since 1971.
  •  Members’ genealogical interests are worldwide and the Society’s activities and Library collections reflect this.
  •  The BCGS has a special interest in British Columbia and offers BC research services.
  •  BCGS meetings and seminars feature guest speakers, beginners, intermediate genealogy classes and special interest group sessions throughout the year.  See the BCGS calendar or the Events page for more information.
  • The BCGS is a member of the international Federation of Family History Societies, the British Columbia Historical Federation and the Canadian Historical Association and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
  • The BCGS is incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia and has charitable status with Revenue Canada.

BCGS Board & Committee Contact Information

BCGS History

BCGS Members’ Jargon

Past BCGS Presidents

Read or download the BCGS Constitution & By-Laws – .pdf format. [bylaw; bylaws ]

BCGS Privacy Policy

The BCGS is committed to protecting the personal privacy of its members,volunteers, friends and visitors. Personal information collected by the BCGS is used for society purposes only, for example, to inform and contact members and volunteers, to mail out newsletters, to process and distribute publication orders, to inform and contact volunteers, or to research and answer genealogical queries from members and the public, and will not be sold or leased. For more information, please read the BCGS Privacy Policy [.pdf file] or contact the society’s privacy officer.


Telephone (at BCGS Library & Resource Centre in Surrey)
(604) 502-9119
FAX (at BCGS Library & Resource Centre in Surrey)
(604) 502-9119
Postal address (all mail is to be sent to this address)
P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC, CANADA, V6X 3T6

Electronic mail
* General Information: bcgs@bcgs.ca
* Website or web related: Webmaster@bcgs.ca
* Membership: Membership@bcgs.ca
* Cemetery Committee: cemeteries@bcgs.ca
* The BCGS Quarterly Publication: “The British Columbia Genealogist” , Editor M. Diane Rogers: editor@bcgs.ca  Direct all mailed article submissions, suggestions and paid Genealogy related advertisements to the Society’s address in Richmond, BC.
* BC Research Query Requests: queryrequest@bcgs.ca Please direct all requests for research or record lookups, etc. to this e-mail address. Check our BC Research Information Page to view what we offer.
* Publication Sales: cemeteries@bcgs.ca Please have a look at our Publications Page for the most current price list of BCGS publications, including an Order Form.

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