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

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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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Thanksgiving message

Eunice Robinson, BCGS President president@bcgs.ca Happy Thanksgiving ! Recalling past Thanksgiving memories and your family traditions. How did your family celebrate? Were…

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MEMBERS’ MEETING – OCTOBER 9, 2019

FEATURED SPEAKER – EVE LAZARUS Blood, Sweat, and Fear: The story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s first forensic investigator Join Eve Lazarus as…

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BCGS POSTCARD COLLECTION A STORY BEHIND THE PICTURE Sept 2019

POSTCARD OF THE MONTH – SEPTEMBER 2019 Janice Kidwell, BCGS member #5033 A Harvest Festival is an annual celebration that occurs around…

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NEWS from the LIBRARY

Labour Day is a statutory holiday to recognize the contribution of workers to their country. In Canada, we celebrate Labour Day on…

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MEMBERS MEETING – SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

FEATURED SPEAKER – LANA OKERLUND Booksellers of BC (Postponed from February 2019) When Lana Okerlund realized that very little was known about…

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Open House!!!

British Columbia Genealogical Society and Walter Draycott Library and Resources Centre, located at 211-12837-76 Ave., Surrey, B.C. invites all members of the…

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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