New Coat of Arms for BCGS

Friday evening was very special as the New BCGS Coat of Arms was unveiled.

The official presentation by Robert Watt, and keynote speaker Dave Obee, not to mention the lovely refreshments by Peter & Patrick, made for a memorable event.


Robert D. Watt, LVO, AIH, FRHSC, former Chief Herald of Canada and current Rideau Herald Emeritus of Canada


Robert Whitlock, Eunice Robinson, Judith Ueland, Robert D. Watt, Unveiling British Columbia Genealogical Society arms, June 9, 2017.


British Columbia Genealogical Society Arms, unveiled June 9, 2017

Counting down – BCGS Seminar – June 9-11 – Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors

Tickets still available for our 2017 Seminar, June 9-11 in Metro Vancouver, featuring these engaging and experienced genealogy speakers at British Columbia`s largest Seminar this year.

Dave Obee
Claire Smith-Burns
Mary Read
Zenia Stanford
Susanne Sulzberger

Whether you are just beginning your family tree, already researching your Canadian families, thinking about adding DNA to your family history tools, or looking beyond Canadian sources for records from overseas, you will find family history answers at our Canada 150 Seminar – Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors.

See all the Seminar details on our Canada 150 Seminar page, including speakers biographies, topics, locations, as well as Saturday`s schedule and registration and payment information.

Come for the full 3 days or for Saturday only. Invite a friend or family member to attend.

For registration, contact Susan Snalam now at or 604 273 8209.

Register with cash, cheque, or Visa by contacting Susan or click to pay with PayPal on the BCGS Canada 150 Seminar page. You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay with PayPal.

BCGS Family History Book Awards & Strawberry Tea – June 14, 2017 in Burnaby


The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, features the Annual Family History Award presentations, authors’ talks and the annual Strawberry Tea! Authors from around British Columbia will be speaking about their books and their own writing experiences.

Time: starting at 7:30 pm
Location: Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.
Click for Directions and Map (printable)

All interested are very welcome to attend.
Learn more about the BCGS Family History Book Awards here.

Tickets for our “Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors” Seminar, June 9-11 in Burnaby and Coquitlam, are now available at meetings, by e-mail, phone, or on-line with PayPal. You do NOT need to be a PayPal customer to use a credit card to pay with PayPal.
See all the Seminar and registration details with payment options here.

Group meetings and chats coming up in June – at the BCGS Library unless otherwise stated. Check back for updates.

Coffee Chats

June 4 – Quebec Questers – 10-noon change from normal date due to BCGS Seminar.
June 24 – English Group – 10-noon – topic: British Home Children.
June 27 – DNA Group, 1-3 pm.

June 13 – Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group, 1-3 pm, 2nd Tues. each month, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia, 3rd floor meeting room.
June 14 – Mac/Reunion Group, 2nd Wed. before the BCGS Member Meeting at the Danish Church.
June 21 – New Welsh Group, 3rd Wed. each month, 10:30-noon at the Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue, Vancouver, BC – downstairs, enter from the back of the building.

June 9-11 – BCGS Annual Seminar, Friday June 9 to Sunday June 11.

Other Events. See the BCGS at these events – or volunteer to help. See our Events page and the BCGS Calendar page for more details and links.

June 17 – Highland Games and Scottish Festival, Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam. George Caldwell, BCGS Scottish Group Facilitator will be speaking at 1:45 pm in the Cultural Tent. Visit the BCGS in the Clan area.

June 17-18 – Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Scandinavian Centre, Burnaby. Get genealogy help, shop at the BCGS Boutique or share your family history with the BCGS-Scandinavian Cultural Society Genealogy Group in the Icelandic Room in the Centre.

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