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
OPEN HOUSE 10:00 2019-10-18 Walter Draycott Library and Resources Center, 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC Surrey, B.C.
Finding Your Roots Conference – free all day event 08:00 2019-10-19 Surrey Family History Center 7260 126 Street Surrey BC Surrey
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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HARVEST SUPPER

The British Columbia Genealogical Society will host its 6th Annual Harvest supper Wednesday, September 11, 2019 6:00 pm before the regular meeting….

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BRITISH ISLES RESEARCH EVENT

At the BCGS Library October 5-7, 2019 There will be a 3-day British Isles research event at the BCGS Library from Saturday,…

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ANNUAL BCGS RESEARCH TREK to SALT LAKE CITY – Oct 27 to Nov 3, 2019

Interested in coming with us to Salt Lake City this year? The annual BCGS trek is taking place at the end of…

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Alice Louise Marwood , 1940 – 2017, BCGS Founding Member Number 0012

The British Columbia Genealogical Society has honoured Alice’s dedication to genealogy and the BCGS with an Alice Louise Marwood Memorial Fund for…

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BCGS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are lots of volunteer opportunities within the BCGS. Many hands make light work and ALL help is appreciated! BOOK INDEXING PROJECT…

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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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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