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Welcome to the British Columbia Genealogical Society

The British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) welcomes you to our website. We are a registered non-profit society with over 350 members from a variety of backgrounds, and like you, we all have an interest in researching our family history in British Columbia and beyond.  We hope you will consider joining our Society – for a modest annual fee you will gain access to the Members Area of our website where additional resources can be found.

We are very proud of the BCGS Library and Research Centre – one of the largest independent genealogical libraries in North America with over 18,000 books and counting.  Search our online library catalogue or visit in person to browse our stacks and chat with our knowledgeable library staff and volunteers.

Our Society has so much to offer!  Member benefits include our monthly meetings which offer guest speakers and educational presentations, a monthly e-Newsletter to keep readers abreast of the latest news from the BCGS and the wider genealogical world, and our quarterly e-Journal, The BC Genealogist.  We also offer a variety of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for members with research interests in particular regions or subjects.

Event Name Time Date Venue City
“Steps to Our Ancestors” RESCHEDULED 09:00 2021-03-27 Beban Park, Nanaimo, BC Nanaimo
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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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT APRIL 2020

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MyHeritage – Free Access to all US Census Records!

EXTENDED until Sunday, April 12th. To mark the 2020 U.S. Census, MyHeritage is providing free access to its entire collection of U.S….

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Surrey Libraries’ Ancestry access FREE from home for Surrey residents!

Family historians in Surrey can now access Surrey Libraries’ Ancestry account for FREE from their homes.  Those who want to log in…

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Press Release March 2020

Press Release British Columbia Genealogical Society 19 March 2020 Contact: Bill Clayton, president@bcgs.ca British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) announces the new Board…

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Library closure update

“To help safeguard the health of our volunteers and visitors during the coronavirus crisis, the British Columbia Genealogical Society Library is closed…

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FAMILY HISTORY BOOK AWARDS

Books to be submitted for the 9th Annual Family History Book Award will be accepted until July 31, 2020.  The Award will... Read more

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