New – BCGS Calendars for 2018


The first ever BCGS Calendar will be available at the October meeting and any left over will be sold at the Finding Your Roots seminar in Surrey, October 14.

Only 150 are being printed.  Reserve yours now by contacting Elaine by email: Price $9.00 each or 3/$25.  

The perfect Xmas or hostess gift for friends or relatives.
Knowledge of genealogy not necessary.

BCGS General Meeting – August 9, 2017 – Speaker Ron Hyde


Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C., sample postcard, postmarked 1909, Stedman Brothers. Courtesy Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Postcards Collection: MSC130-4425-02

The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting will be Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church in Burnaby, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Ron Hyde will be speaking. Ron is a writer and an historian specializing in the history of the Richmond area of BC and is the author of The Sockeye Special: the story of the Steveston tram and early Lulu Island.

Ron is Membership Chair of the British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF), and was a BCHF Honorary President. The Historical Federation has been promoting and preserving British Columbia’s history since its beginnings in 1922. Read one of Ron’s articles about the BCHF in The Scriver, the newsletter of the Society of BC Notaries Public of BC.

And there will be a Genealogical Cocktail Party.

Click for Directions and Map (printable)

All interested are very welcome to attend. Refreshments.

The first meeting of the fall will be Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 featuring our Harvest Supper. Reserve your tickets now. Contact Lynne Fletcher at or 604 942 3663


British Columbia Day – Aug. 7, 2017 – BCGS Library Closed


Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C., sample postcard, mailed 1909, Stedman Brothers. Courtesy Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Postcards Collection: MSC130-4425-02

Wishing everyone a happy British Columbia Day, Monday, August 7th, 2017.

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will be closed this weekend so that Library volunteers may celebrate the holidays.

BCGS Membership New & Renewals 2017

BCGS Membership renewals and new memberships are being accepted for 2017 (not 2018 as the original July 2017 Meeting Reminder said).

To pay new or renewal memberships on-line, please use the PayPal option on the BCGS Membership page. To add a donation, please see the Donation section on that page.

Mailed membership applications should be sent to the BCGS at the Richmond. BC mailing address:
P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC, CANADA, V6X 3T6

or see the Membership Committee members at their table at a BCGS General Meeting.

Please make out cheques to the British Columbia Genealogical Society.

Reach the Membership Committee by e-mail at or contact Marilyn Ponting, Membership Chair at 604 588 2784