LOCATION – Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.
HOURS -Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 10am – 3pm year round, but closed for Statutory holidays if they fall on those days and on long weekends the Library is closed on Saturday when there is a Monday holiday.
TELEPHONE/FAX: 604 502 9119
BCGS LIBRARY RESOURCES – go to Library Catalogues here
Check the BCGS website calendar for holiday closure information and for meetings and special events.
The BCGS Walter Draycott Library and Resource Centre is staffed by volunteers who will help visitors search for resources at the site, but will not do any research. All visitors will be asked to sign in. Members, please remember your membership card must be shown. Group visits should be arranged in advance; please contact the Library Administrator.
FamilySearch Affiliation – The BCGS Walter Draycott Library is a FamilySearch Family History Library Affiliate library. Although you can no longer order films from the FHL, watch for information about future Affiation benefits.
As of September 2017, The Family History Library – Familysearch has discontinued loaning copies of microfilms.
The BCGS Library and Resource Centre has well over 16,000 worldwide publication titles, plus numerous census records on microformats, tapes and CDs, and a number of unique research resources for British Columbia and also for Quebec and Sweden. All these are available for use free by members and at the nominal charge of $5.00 a day for non members. (And if a visitor decides to join the BCGS that day, the charge will be credited towards the membership fee.)
There is a lunchroom at the Library and restaurants nearby.
BEFORE YOU VISIT THE BCGS WALTER DRAYCOTT LIBRARY
Read the Welcome to the BCGS Library brochure (printable,double sided PDF).
Learn about the history of the BCGS Walter Draycott Library.
Search the BCGS Library catalogues on-line.
MAP AND DIRECTIONS TO THE BCGS LIBRARY AND RESOURCE CENTRE
For public transit, see also the Translink Trip Planner: http://www.translink.ca or call 604-953-3333.
If You Can’t Visit in Person
The BCGS BC Research Committee will do lookups in BCGS Library resources for you. Please see the main BCGS BC Research page.
Subscription Databases Available at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library – American Ancestors, and Ancestry Library Edition
American Ancestors (New England Historic Genealogical Society)
American Ancestors on-line databases include a wide array of indexes and records for US resources, especially for the New England area, but not limited to New England. The American Ancestors website also has a number of free indexes and resources. For a video tutorial showing how to use the site, go to: http://www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/using-americanancestors-org
For example, American Ancestors includes the Mayflower Descendant, volumes 21 through 25, publication years 1919 to 1923.
To browse the list of NEHGS databases, or view the various categories available, go to: http://www.americanancestors.org/browse-database/
Ancestry Library Edition (ProQuest) is now available to members and visitors at the BCGS Library. You will find useful search tips and related information in these handouts and links
Quick User Guide: Ancestry Library Edition: PDF format Link: http://www.proquest.com/assets/downloads/products/ale_user_guide.pdf
Key Differences between Ancestry.com and Ancestry Library Edition (from ProQuest): PDF format Link: http://proquest.com/en-US/promos/geneaology/Ancestry_com_and_AncestryLibraryEdition.pdf
Registering as a free Guest at Ancestry.com To access free databases, use Personal Member trees, post messages, etc. (link is to Guest Registration at Ancestry.com.) http://ancestry.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/577/kw/register%20free
Find the free databases and other resources at Ancestry.com (link to Ancestry.com Help section.) http://ancestry.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2281/kw/free%20databases