BC Genealogical & Historical Societies & Groups

If you have updated information for any of these or other British Columbia genealogical and historical groups, please contact the BCGS webmaster: webmaster@bcgs.ca

For the BCGS Special Interest Groups, see the list of BCGS Special Interest Group Facilitators.

British Columbia

British Columbia Genealogical Society

E-mail: bcgs@bcgs.ca
Mailing address: P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BCV6X 3T6
BCGS Walter Draycott Library
Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue,
Surrey, BC.



1115 – 1st Avenue (basement)


Ph: 250.245-0100

Hours:  Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Abbotsford Abbotsford Genealogical Society PO Box 672,
Abbotsford, BC, V2S 6R7
E-mail: information@abbygs.ca
Bulkley Valley Bulkley Valley Genealogical Society (Smithers) PO Box 3986, Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0.
E-mail: bvgs2@hotmail.com
Meetings; last Tuesday in every month, 7pm, in S. D. 54 Learning Centre,
3603 Third Avenue, Smithers
Phone Sharon Eastabrook 1-250-877-1413 or
Joan Warmerdam 1-778-640-1457
Burns Lake Burns Lake & Lakes District History & Genealogy Alan Sandercott 250-695-6603
E-mail: webmaster@sandercott.com
Campbell River Campbell River Genealogy Society Regular Mail Inquiries:
PO Box 884,
Campbell River, BC, V9W 6Y4
Campbell River Genealogy Society
621 Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC V9W4C7
Phone: 250 286-8042
E-mail: crgenealogy@shaw.ca
Chetwynd Chetwynd Family Footprints Genealogical Society Box 1126 Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0
Lisa Meier President 250-788-3939
E-mail: familyfootprints1994@hotmail.com
Meetings are the 4th Monday of each month at 7PM at the Library
Comox Valley, Vancouver Island Comox Valley Genealogy Group (Courtenay) c/o Courtenay & District Museum & Archives,
207 Fourth St, Courtenay, BC, V9N 1G7
Phone 250 338-5235 See the website for meeting locations and dates/times.
E-mail: See website contact form
Coquitlam Dogwood Genealogy Club (Coquitlam) 1041 Quadling Avenue
BC, V3K 2B1
Phone: 604-939-3610
E-mail: hubert1@telus.net
Cranbrook Cranbrook Genealogy Interest Group 300 9th Street South,
Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1R1
E-mail: Dalcy Gripich ggripich@cintek.com
Galiano Island Galiano Genealogical Group Tidewinds-Gulf Drive, S24/C10, RR #1. Galiano Island, BC V0N 1P0
Phone: 250-539-2478
E-mail: tidewinds@shaw.ca
Kamloops Kamloops Family History Society PO Box 1162, Kamloops, BC, V2C 6H3.
Contacts: http://www.kfhs.org/_new/general/executive.asp
Kelowna Kelowna & District Genealogical Society Mailing Address: PO Box 21105, OR. Park,
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9N8
Club Contacts:
Marie Ablett 250 763-7159
Marie dougmarieablett@telus.net
Gayle: gdjesperson@shaw.ca
General Enquiries kdgs@shaw.ca
Facebook: KDGS on Facebook
Kitimat Kitimat Family History Society Contact Steve Everitt severitt@monarch.net or
Connie Everitt ceveritt@monarch.net
Maple Ridge Maple Ridge Family History Group Part of the Maple Ridge Historical Society.
Meetings are the first Wednesday each month, 7 pm at the Maple Ridge Library, 130-22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5Z6.
Call 604 467 7417 or use the contact form on the group’s webpage.
Mission Mission Genealogy Club Mailing Address; 33384 Heather Avenue, Mission, BC,V2V 4R3
Meetings: MGC – Meeting Room at: Fraser Valley Library, Mission Branch, 33247 – 2nd Avenue, Mission, BC
E-mail: missionGen@gmail.com
Nanaimo Nanaimo Family History Society PO Box 1027, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5Z2
E-mail: nanaimo.fhs@shaw.ca
Port Alberni Port Alberni Genealogy Club Gareth Flostrand, 2218 Hamilton Drive, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1B6 gflos@alberni.net http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bcvancou/alberni/ptalbgen.htm
Port Coquitlam Port Coquitlam Genealogy Group c/o Chris Longley
E-mail: cwilli2442@aol.com
Powell River Powell River Genealogy Group 6792 Cranberry Street
Powell River BC Canada
V8A 3Z2
President: Alice McNair
E-mail: alice.mcnair@shaw.ca
Prince George Prince George Genealogical Society P.O. Box 12068
1500 Edmonton St.
Prince George, BC   V2L 0A8Phone: 250 963 7362.
E-mail: lbjdavis@telus.net
Peace Country (Dawson Creek) Peace Country Roots Group Contact information.
Mr. Neil Stables
Phone: 250 782-7651
E-mail: neilstab@neonet.bc.ca
Mrs. Marge Monlezun
Phone: 250 782-8424
E-mail: mmonlez@shaw.ca
Mailing Address:
Peace Country Roots Group
1825 Aspen Drive
Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2S5
Prince Rupert Prince Rupert Genealogy Club Box 1093, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 4H6
Phone: 250 624 4113
E-mail: prgenclub@hotmail.com
Qualicum Beach Qualicum Beach Family History Society E-mail: info@qbfhs.ca http://qbfhs.ca/
Quesnel Quesnel Branch of BC Genealogical Society Mail: 1-453 Wilson St, Quesnel, BC V2J 2W1
E-mail: Kathie Edwards (President) rose23@telus.net
Alt Mail: 3140 Zschiedrich Rd, Quesnel, BC, V2J 6M8,
E-mail: gnjedwards@gmail.com
Meetings at 1490 Beryl Road, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, September to June, second Tuesday of the month at7pm.
Revelstoke Revelstoke Genealogical Society PO Box 2613, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0
E-mail: flange7013@aol.com
Shuswap Lake (Chase) Shuswap Lake Genealogical Society (Chase) Contact: Pat Bell
E-mail: tish@cablelan.net
Mail to: PO Box 754, Chase BC V0E 1M0
South Cariboo South Cariboo Genealogy Group 100 Mile House) c/o Box 722, 108 Mile Ranch BC V0K 2Z0
Phone: Lynn at 250 791-5323
E-mail: southcariboo.genealogy@hotmail.com
South Okanagan (Penticton) Covering the areas of Penticton, Summerland, Kaleden, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos South Okanagan Genealogical Society
P O Box 1097
Penticton, BC  V2A  6J9

E-mail: mailto:sogs@shaw.ca

Sunshine Coast (Gibsons) Sunshine Coast Family History Society (Gibsons) Mailing Address: c/o Lola Westell
743 Maplewood Lane
Gibsons, BC VON 1V8
Phone: Lola Westell: 604-886-8705
E-mail: lola_westell@telus.net or
Phone: Eileen Murawsky: 604-886-8669
E-mail: eileenm@telus.net
Vancouver BCGS Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group Meets 2nd Tuesday every month at Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library.
Contact M. Diane Rogers through the Vancouver Genealogy Meetup website.
Victoria Victoria Genealogical Society PO Box 43021, Victoria North PO, Victoria, BC, V8X 2G2
E-mail: president@victoriags.org
Victoria The Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria The Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria is dedicated to researching, preserving and encouraging the appreciation of Victoria’s Heritage Cemeteries.
Contact: #15 – 1594 Fairfield Road, Box 50004, Victoria, BC V8S 1G1
Phone: 250 598-8870
Fax: 250 598-8811
E-mail: oldcem@pacificcoast.net
Victoria West Coast Family Histories Society (Victoria) Sandra Gill, 558 Hurst Ave., Victoria, BC V8Z 2L1, Phone: 250 479 8580
E-mail: ancestre@islandnet.com
Vernon Vernon & District Family History Society PO Box 1447, VERNON, BC, V1T 6N7
E-mail: verfamhist@shaw.ca
West Kootenays (Castlegar) West Kootenay Family Historians (Castlegar) 2433 10th Avenue Castlegar, BC V1N 3A1
E-mail: mjwalton@telus.net
Victoria BC Chapter Germans from RussiaAmerican Historical Society of Germans from Russia http://www.ahsgr.org/Chapters/Victoria_Chapter.htm


Please send updates for this list to the BCGS webmaster: webmaster@bcgs.ca

Blacks in BC British Columbia Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) The group’s aims are to create awareness of, stimulate research in and celebrate the history of Black pioneers in BC. On-line learning centre with stories and videos. https://bcblackhistory.ca/
Cornish Okanagan Cornish Cousins President: Mary Brunst, 114-1765 Leckie Road, Kelowna, BC, V1X 6X5.
Tel/fax: 250 860 3917
E-mail: mary_brunst@yahoo.ca
Cornish Vancouver Cornish Association Secretary: Mary Brunst, 114-1765 Leckie Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 6X5
Tel/fax: 250 860 3917
Cornish Victoria Cornish Association Mrs R Pollard, 619 Oliver Street, Victoria BC V8S 4W2
Cornish Pacific Northwest Cornish Society c/o Dot Hosking Huntley, 486 Plat B Road, Sutherlin OR USA 97479 www.nwcornishsociety.com
Chinese-Canadian Chinese (& Chinese Canadian) Genealogy Group Group often meets at Central Branch Vancouver Public Library.
E-mail: May Yan at myan@graam.ca or Kevin Lee cctour.siyi@xoxy.net
Chinese-Canadian Chinese-Canadian Historical Society of BC Kerrisdale Postal Station
P.O. Box 18032
Vancouver, BC V6M 4L3
E-mail: info@cchsbc.ca
Chinese-Canadian Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society 555 Columbia Street (2nd floor),
Vancouver, BC V6A 4H5
Telephone: 604 658 8880
Fax: 604 687 0368
E-mail: info@ccmms.ca
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) New Caledonia Chapter, Vancouver, British Columbia Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) We will help with research on ancestors who participated in the American Revolution.
E-mail: lhess @ shaw.ca
Francophones in BC Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique The Society supports research and activities promoting awareness of the history of the French presence in British Columbia http://www.shfcb.ca//a>
Germans from Russia Germans from Russia Heritage Society http://www.grhs.org
Icelandic Icelandic Canadian Club of B.C. Genealogy Centre Phone: 604 515 1224
E-mail: icc_of_bc@hotmail.com
Facebook: ICC of BC on Facebook
Italian Italian Cultural Society 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4
Phone: 604 430-3337
Il Museo/Museum
Contact: Museum Curator 604 430 3337 or at: museum@iccvancouver.ca
Japanese and Japanese Canadian Japanese Canadian National Museum 6688 Southoaks Crescent,
Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7
Phone: 604 777 7000
Fax: 604 777 7001
E-mail: jcnmas@telus.net
Jewish Jewish Genealogical Society of BC – formerly Jewish Genealogical Institute of British Columbia 225 West 39th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Y 2P4
E-mail: jewishgenbc@gmail.com
Jewish Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia 6184 Ash St.,
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3G9
To make an appointment, please contact the archivist:
Phone: 604-257-5199
Mennonite Mennonite Historical Society of BC 211 – 2825 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford BC V2T 6S3
Phone: 604-853-6177
E-mail: archives@mhsbc.com
United Empire Loyalists (UEL) United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada (UELAC) United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada Chilliwack Branch
E-mail: juwol@shaw.ca
Thompson-Okanagan Branch
E-mail: sally_harrison@telus.net
Vancouver Branch
E-mail: vancouver@uelac.org               Victoria Branch
E-mail: joan671@hotmail.com
National website: www.uelac.org
Historical Societies BC Historical Federation (BCHF) www.bchistory.ca
Maps Historical Map Society of British Columbia Monthly meetings September to June.
See website contact form.
President, Frances Woodward
3794 West 24th. Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6S 1L6
Postcards Vancouver Postcard Club Meets 2nd Sunday ea month in Vancouver.
Contact: President Philip Francis
E-mail: philipfrancis@shaw.ca
Heritage Buildings Heritage BC www.heritagebc.ca
Heritage Societies and Groups BC Historical Federation (BCHF) See the BCHF membership list for individual historical societies and groups www.bchistory.ca
Museums BC Museums Association (BCMA) See the BCMA directory on-line for individual museums http://museumsassn.bc.ca/
Surname Studies Guild of One-Name Studies, Canada Pacific region See the Guild website for more information or contact the Canada Pacific Regional Reprep-canada-pacific@one-name.org. http://one-name.org
Cloverdale/Surrey Cloverdale http://catalogue.spl.surrey.bc.ca
Vancouver Vancouver Public Library http://www.vpl.ca
Burnaby / Vancouver Simon Fraser University (SFU) Main website: www.sfu.ca
SFU Library www.lib.sfu.ca/
SFU Library Special & Digital Collections: www.lib.sfu.ca/special-collections
SFU Archives: www.sfu.ca/archives/
Vancouver Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library 350 West Georgia, Vancouver
Note: Two groups meet at the VPL Central Branch – the Downtown Vancouver Group & the Chinese Genealogy Group – see above.
Vancouver University of British Columbia (UBC) Main website: www.ubc.ca/
UBC Library: www.library.ubc.ca/welcome.html
UBC Library Special & Digital Collections: www.library.ubc.ca/spcoll/
UBC Archives: www.library.ubc.ca/archives/
Victoria University of Victoria Main website: http://www.uvic.ca/
Uvic Libraries: http://library.uvic.ca/
Uvic Archives & Digital Collections: http://library.uvic.ca/archives
British Columbia Family Search / Family History Centers https://www.familysearch.org/locations