The library is located at 211-12837 76th Ave, Surrey.  This is not the meeting location.  Please remember – if there is a weekend/Monday holiday, or it snows at any time, the Library is closed.

Regular Hours: 10 am to 3 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays. Phone: 604 502 9119

For more information see the library page.

We now have a list of all the Family History Library films in at the BCGS Library – FamilySearch films ordered in by members that are at the BCGS Library and available to view. These films are still on loan to our Library. New films can no longer be ordered. List updated 2017

Check the BCGS web calendar for events and holiday closures at the Library

BCGS Main Library Catalogue

A searchable BCGS Library Catalogue is available on the main BCGS website.

What’s Happening at the Library

European Group Day at the Library – Sat. August 18th, 2018. Research help in the morning, tour at 11 am. Group session, 1-3 pm, BCGS Library Board Room.

Library Tours

If you would like a tour of the Library when you visit, ask the Duty Librarian. See also the latest June issue of The British Columbia Genealogist for a Library brochure.

There are sometimes tours of the Library offered. Contact the Libary Administrator.

Moving Ever Westward

Name index to this book, published by the Vancouver Branch, United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, is available here. (.xlsx Excel file). This is not the final index. Please let Diane Rogers know of any errors, etc. This Index will be available later at the Library as part of the BCGS BC Books Index.

.BCGS Film Scanner now available

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library’s microfilm scanner is back in service. This was temporarily moved pending repair of a small roof leak. There is another film reader available if you only want to read a film. Call the Library for more information: 604 502 9119

A project to transcribe and index biographical data from original records of individuals who arrived from overseas or were born in Australia, including Aboriginal people, convicts and immigrants of all nations. It also aims to include data from early biographical dictionaries, newspapers and other published information and to incorporate the work of modern genealogical and historical researchers. The only restriction is that biographical subjects must be deceased.

This first release contains over 500,000 entries from transcribed manuscript records : convict, muster, census, baptism, marriage and burial records for most of the New South Wales population 1788-1828, for Norfolk Island and Tasmania 1802-1811, and many immigrant and convict records from 1829-1837 along with full text short biographies of 11,000+ residents of most colonies/states published 1881-1907.

The Database is a work in progress and will expand towards the present to include all Australian states as new records are regularly fed into the Database.

Suggest New Acquisitions for the BCGS Library – Member’s Acquisitions Suggestion Form bcgs-acquisitions_form.pdf (pdf format)

Donating books, CDs, journals, etc. to the Library Please contact the BCGS Library Administrator about donating to the library.

Plan a group visit to the Library. Please contact the BCGS Library Administrator, about planning a group visit to the Library. If volunteers are available, group visits may be booked for days the library is closed.

Free access to Find My Past is over

Free access is over for BDA Online for Australia at the BCGS Library

What’s New at the Library – the new books, CDs, microfilm, etc.

New at the Library

*BCGS Library Family Tree chart service – from a GEDCOM file.

24 by 24 from $5; 48 by 24 from $10 Contact Linda Drake re chart requests. Leave a message at the Library 604 502 9119.

*Genealogy newsletters that we receive electronically are now available on any member computer at the BCGS Library. Look for an icon for ‘Genealogy E-newsletters’.

If more are added, we’ll list them here. At the moment, our list includes journals for 2012 on from:

  • Abbotsford Genealogical Society
  • Cariboo, BC, Quesnel Genealogical Society
  • Maple Ridge, BC, Family History Group
  • Nanaimo, BC, Family History Society
  • South Okanagan, BC, Genealogical Society
  • Vernon & District Family History Society
  • Grande Prairie, AGS
  • Lethbridge, AGS
  • Durham County, Ontario, OGS
  • Elgin County, Ontario, OGS
  • LOndon & Middlesex, Ontario, OGS
  • Oxford County, Ontario, OGS
  • Perth County, Ontario, OGS
  • Fiske Library, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Minnesota, USA, Genealogical Society
  • Nottinghamshire FHS, England
  • Cheshire FHS, England
  • Guindon Family Groups