Our BCGS website first began in 1996, so this year we are 20!
Our site, developed by our founding webmaster, Bob Daniel, began with our own basic information and some links. Many of the other websites and computers and programmes popular in 1996 are history but some continue on, a few in other guises. Remember these from 1996? AOL, Yahoo, Infoseek, Excite, Lycos, Netscape, Compuserve and Geocities? Here’s the Washington Post‘s look at popular websites from 1996 on.
Soon BCGS.ca became bigger providing information on genealogy events and issues, like the threatened loss of Ontario land records and Bill C-32 to amend the Canadian Copyright Act in July 1997. But there was really good genealogy news then too, for instance, the 1996 decision to release British Columbia Vital Records indexes on-line at the BC Archives website.
Our first member to have a personal genealogy website listed on our site was Michelle Burton, then using uniserve.com to host her site. Her genealogy website is still up, but at the Internet Archive.
Today BCGS.ca continues as a hub for members and others looking for information about the BCGS and help with their own genealogy.
We are in good company with others who went on-line in 1996, including Cyndi’s List which began with a page of 1,025 links and the Internet Archive. We have all thrived on-line.
To see our BCGS website as it was in earlier years, go to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine
https://archive.org and enter these URLs.
http://www.npsnet.com/bcgs (saved from July 1, 1997 – appropriate date, eh!)
http://www.bcgs.ca (saved from 2002)
Watch for new features on BCGS.ca in the coming months to celebrate our 20th. We’ll have a historical timeline, more BCGS photographs, and much more for research, including access to the Society’s Members’ Pedigree Chart collection.