Welcome to the British Columbia
Genealogical Society

BCGS Interest Groups

The British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) welcomes you to our website. The site is intended to provide easy access to information about the Society and upcoming events, both locally and throughout the Province of British Columbia and beyond, and to the specific services and resources offered by the
BCGS.

Most of our members live in BC, but there are members from across Canada, the United States and internationally. A truism about our resident members is that many are relatively new to B.C. and much research time is devoted to tracking ancestors and living relatives across North America, Great Britain and many parts of Europe. Consequently, several special interest groups
are operational within the Society.

  • British Columbia
  • United States
  • Quebec
  • England
  • Maritimes
  • Ireland
  • Prairies
  • Scotland
  • Canada (general)
  • Wales
  • Metis
  • Scandinavia
  • First Nations
  • Europe
Event Name Time Date Venue City
GENEALOGY RESEARCH @ LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM 2019-06-22 Cloverdale Branch, Surrey Public Library Cloverdale, BC
SEAFARING ANCESTORS 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 2019-06-15 Cloverdale Branch, Surrey Public Library Cloverdale, BC
Strawberry Tea & Book Awards 19:00 2019-06-12 Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid St. Burnaby, BC V5G 4N3 Burnaby
Legacy family tree software 10:00 2019-06-15 Board Room, BCGS Library Surrey
Highland Games 08:00 2019-06-15 LaFarge Lake Park Coquitlam
Walter Draycott Memorial Library

Our main BCGS Library Catalogue is here – searchable by author, title, keyword, etc. Entries are updated quarterly.

The main BCGS Walter Draycott Library catalogue is also available in the Members Only area in a searchable or downloadable format.

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NEWS from the LIBRARY STACKS

Corrine Jubb, Library Administrator Discovery Day is celebrated in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador on the nearest Monday to June 24…

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT June Newsletter

I was talking to a friend the other day and she asked how my family research was coming along. With that we…

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B.C.G.S. POSTCARD COLLECTION – A STORY BEHIND THE PICTURE

Janice Kidwell, BCGS Member Sometime in the 1980s, (the photo album is apparently in a ‘safe place’ in my mom’s basement) my…

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT FROM MAY NEWSLETTER

They say that April showers bring May flowers! But genealogically, April showers mean we can work on our family histories and not…

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HELP WANTED – Web Page Team – Webmaster

We are looking for several volunteers to join the Web Page Team . If you have experience in working with web pages,…

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THE NEW BCGS WEBSITE

After many years of frustration with the old website and many months of waiting for the unveiling, the website is ready. Check…

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The British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS)

The British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) was incorporated in 1971. In 2021 the Society will be 50 years old. Our members have been researching, preserving and publishing their own family histories and that of British Columbia, Canada families.

Access to over 400 members of the Society, many who have been researching their ancestry for 40-50 years;

Monthly membership meetings held at the Danish Lutheran Church on

Kincaid Street in Burnaby, with guest speakers and refreshments.

Member Benefits and Education

Access to over 400 members of the Society many who have been researching their ancestry for 40-50 years
Access to digitized records only accessible at Family History Centres
Reduced rate on membership with other provincial genealogical societies
Monthly membership meetings held at the Danish Lutheran Church on Kincaid Street in Burnaby, with guest speakers and refreshments
Quarterly e-Journal “The British Columbia Genealogist” and monthly e-newsletter
Access to Members’ Section of the Website
Walter Draycott Library and Resource Centre: Over 16,000 books and magazines concentrated on genealogy in many parts of the world. Website access to American Ancestors (formerly New England Historic Genealogical Society)
Reduced rates on annual spring seminar