Those who do family history and genealogy are usually well known for helping others. BC Genealogical Society members are no exception.
BCGS is entirely run by volunteers who do everything from answering research queries, managing and staffing the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, arranging for guest speakers, photographing Lower Mainland cemetery markers, to attending community events and answering genealogy questions from the public, and much more in between.
You may volunteer for one event, or for a short project, or you might like to take on a regular year-round activity. By volunteering, you’ll meet new people, get to know other BCGS members better, learn new skills, and have some fun!
If you’d like to volunteer, speak with a BCGS Board member or the Library Administrator, or to someone at the Hospitality table at a meeting. Let us know what you’re interested in, and if you have special skills or experience to offer, please let us know about those too.
Right now, we are particularly looking for volunteers in these areas
Work a 1/2 day or full day shift, usually one regular day a month with a partner. (The Library is open Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.) Often spares are also needed to cover for holidays or in case of illness.
You could help by indexing a British Columbia history book, or newspaper obituaries or issues of The British Columbia Genealogist. This is work that can often be done from home.
Assist the Library Administration with tasks like buying and installing light bulbs, as necessary. This would be best for someone living in the area.
The BCGS Publications Committee has several projects on the go and proof readers and data entry volunteers are often needed. This is something that can be done from home.
During the year, the BCGS attends a number of community events. Volunteers will be setting up displays, answering questions from visitors about beginning their family history, and having a good time experiencing the ambience of these cultural events. For instance, among these will be
May – European Festival (Burnaby)
April – Abbotsford Family History Day (Abbotsford)
June – Scandinavian Midsummer (Burnaby)
June – BC Highland Games (Coquitlam)
September – Kelowna & District Genealogical Society Seminar (Kelowna, every 2nd year)
October – Finding Your Roots Family History Seminar (Surrey)