BCGS Committees

BC Genealogical Society Committees:

The British Columbia Genealogical Society is an all volunteer organization. A brief outline of the committees is below. New volunteers are always welcome. Click here for contact information for the BCGS Board and for all BCGS committees.

British Columbia Research Committee:This committee answers all BC Research queries received by the Society and is active in cemetery recording and other research projects either for publication or for the BCGS Walter Draycott Library. A member co-ordinates the Society’s British Columbia Pioneer Registry (for anyone resident in the province before 1900). Other members do lookups at local libraries, or type at home or at the Library. See the BCGS website or contact a member for information on the research services provided by the BC Research Committee.

Boutique: The BCGS Boutique offers genealogical books, charts, novelties, etc. for sale at general meetings and at special events and seminars.  The Boutique attends many outside events each year, for instance, the British Columbia Historical Federation conference.

Cemetery/Publications Committee: This committee meets once a month and members participate in wide variety of ways. Some assist with the quarterly journal, for example, by co-ordinating the book reviews, while others work on the Society’s various paper and CD/DVD publications, photographing in cemeteries, or keeping track of mail orders and inventory, or by selling BCGS publications at general meetings and special events.

Education Committee: Committee members schedule speakers and group sessions for the general meetings, and arrange for special events and seminars. The Committee sponsors a ‘Most Improved Genealogist’ contest each year for BCGS members and assists with group tours, for example, each year, a BCGS group visits Salt Lake City on a research trip (usually in October). Committee members are available to give talks to outside groups and organizations. The group facilitators also serve on the Library’s acquisition committee.

Fund Raising Committee: Members of this committee co-ordinate or assist with BCGS fund raising activities, for example, the 50/50 draws held at meetings, the (used) postcard sales, and yearly Entertainment Book sales. If you are interested in fund raising, please contact any BCGS Board member.

Hospitality Committee: Committee members welcome BCGS members and visitors to our general meetings, provide name tags, provide light refreshments for most meetings and the Christmas social, manage the Society’s 50/50 draw, and assist with special events and activities.

Membership Committee: At each general meeting, there is a membership table and committee members give information and take new memberships and renewals. Membership is for a calendar year, however, those who join from October on may elect either to pay for the current year and receive all the back issues of the journal, or to pay for the coming year, receiving journals starting in March. There are individual memberships, associate memberships (if in the same household as an individual member), student memberships and institutional memberships. Other British Columbia genealogical groups are eligible for affiliate group memberships.

Public Relations: Members of the Public Relations committee attend special events like the BC Highland Games and the European Festival, and send out information on BCGS activities and events to groups, news media and others or speak to groups about the BCGS and genealogy. Volunteers are always welcome.

BCGS Walter Draycott Library Committee: Volunteers work regular half or full day shifts as duty librarians and for special events, like the Library’s free Library Week each July. Volunteers also catalogue and process books and other materials, and the over 200 [?] journals we receive from other genealogical and historical organizations. Other volunteers maintain the Library computers and other equipment, or assist with other tasks. Members may submit suggestions for Library acquisitions by contacting the Library Administrator, or any of the Education group facilitators.