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
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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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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Birthday Message from the President

Happy Birthday, Canada!! And speaking of birthdays, how were they celebrated in your family? When I was young, we would have a…

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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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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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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