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.

Finding Your Roots Seminar – Sat. Oct. 17, 2015 – Surrey BC

The annual Finding Your Roots Seminar is almost here! All day; free. Genealogy classes, displays and more. Look for the BC Genealogical Society displays and tables in the exhibit hall. Many of our members will be speaking and there will be a special session on “BCGS: The Joy of Belonging” with Cathy Magee.

Pre-register on-line for classes. And for a lunch, if you like.

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Location: 6270 126 Street, Surrey BC. Lots of free parking. Wheelchair accessible. Public transit nearby.
More information: See the website: or call 604 597-9695

BCGS Library Tours – Fall 2015

BCGS-Library-BuildingThe BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey is offering tours of the Library with Alice Marwood on the following dates.

All interested are welcome.

Visitors to the BCGS Library have access to over 16,000 worldwide publication titles, as well as records on microfilm and fiche, tapes and CDs, on-line databases and unique genealogical research resources for British Columbia and other areas.

Tour Dates

September 8, 2015, Tuesday – from 10 am to noon.

October 8, 2015, Thursday – from 1 to 3 pm.

November 21, 2015, Saturday – from 10 am to noon.

December 8, 2015, Tuesday – from 10 am to noon.

Telephone: 604 502 9119
Library Location: Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Regular hours -Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 10am – 3pm year round. Closed holiday weekends.

For more BCGS Library information, see these web pages:
BCGS Walter Draycott Library
BCGS Library Catalogues

BCGS Editor’s Chat, Sept 30, 2015

News and views on genealogy, especially in British Columbia. The chat is coming up Wednesday, 30 September, at 7 pm, Pacific time, right here at

Ooops! Somehow I gave the wrong date for the Genealogy Do-Over start – it is this Friday as I said, but Friday 2 Oct. 2015 (not Oct. 9 as I said). Here’s a weblink with all the info:

BCGS Boutique Maps available as of September 2015

As of September 2015, the BCGS Boutique has the maps in the chart below available. These are all now $5.00 each. Contact the Boutique or ask at a BCGS meeting or event.

There are several different types and series included.

Caledonian Books map series show land masses, contours, landmarks, bodies of water, towns, etc.
David & Charles maps
Discovery Series contour maps show roads, rivers, coasts, etc. Legend in English and 3 other languages.
Godfrey maps show property lines and owners, streets, rails, elevation, buildings.
Landranger maps
Phoenix maps show coasts, rivers, lakes, land cover, roads, railways, canals, large buildings and clustered settlements, counties, baronies, and parishes.
Survey maps show property boundaries and owners, roads, railways, buildings, rivers, coasts, some land use, some shaded contours.

BCGS Boutique - Maps available as of Sept. 2015

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2 Caledonian Books Scotland Dumfries & Galloway 3.0000 Stranraer, including Cairn Ryan, Drummore, Kirkcolm, Kirkmaiden, Mull of Galloway, New Luce, Port Logan, Port Patrick, Sandhead, Stoneykirk 1st ed'n revised to 1896
3 Caledonian Books Scotland Dumfries & Galloway 4.0000 Wigtown, including Creetown, Garliestown, Glunluce, Kirkcowan, Kirinner, Newton Stewart, Port William, Sorbie 1st ed'n revised to 1896
4 Caledonian Books Scotland South Ayrshire 8.0000 Carrick, including Barr, Barrhill, Carsphiarn, Garroch, Glen Trool, Loch Doon, Loch Ochiltree, Penkill 1st ed'n revised to 1896
5 Caledonian Books Scotland Dumfries & Galloway 9.0000 Maxwelltown & Thornhill including Balmaclellan, Carron Bridge, Closeburn, Dalry, Duncow, Glenlee, Loch Ken, Moniave, New Galloway, Springholm 1st ed'n revised to 1896
6 Caledonian Books Scotland Dumfries & Galloway 11.0000 Langholm including Canonbie, Glencartholm, Kirstile, New Castleton 1st ed'n revised to 1896
7 Caledonian Books Scotland Argyll & Bute 12.0000 Campbeltown including Kilkenzie, Mull of Kintyre, Sanda Island, Sgreadan Hill, Southend 1st ed'n revised to 1896
8 Caledonian Books Scotland North Ayrshire 13.0000 Island of Arran including Brodick, Lamlash, Lochranza, Whiting Bay 1st ed'n revised to 1896
9 Caledonian Books Scotland South Lanarkshire 15.0000 Leadhills including Abington, Afton Water, Crawfordjohn, Durisdeer, Kello Water, Kirkconnel, Muirkirk, New Cumnock, Sanquhar, Wanlockhead 1st ed'n revised to 1896
10 Caledonian Books Scotland Argyll & Bute 20.0000 Killean including Ardtalla, Carradale, Clachan, Gigha Island, Glenbarr, Grgport, Saddell 1st ed'n revised to 1896