BC Research Committee Research Services

If you would like us to do a query / research / lookup for you, please complete the form at BCGS Query Submission. The fees are listed below and are also in your confirmation email.  Please note fees must be paid before we can do the research.  If you do not hear back with 14 days of your payment, please email bcgs @ bcgs.ca

The BC Research Committee of the British Columbia Genealogical Society will search the Society’s unique resources and databases at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, as well as records at Greater Vancouver area research facilities for British Columbia, Canada genealogical research queries. E-mail: queryrequest @ bcgs.ca or contact the Committee by mail. See below for fees. Payment may be made by PayPal or by mail. See below.

The BCGS’s own unique sources include, as applicable, for the surname(s) you submit:

  1. BC Master Card File – over 200,000 B.C. surname citations.
  2. Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver burials.
  3. Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions currently published – from all around British Columbia.
  4. Members Interests/Surname Directories and pedigree charts, etc.
  5. 1874 Householders Index for British Columbia.
  6. 1881 Census Index for BC
  7. 1891 Census Index for BC
  8. Vancouver Voters, 1886, a biographical dictionary of all individuals (and their families and descendants) listed on the 1886 (first) Vancouver city voters list.  See section below.
  9. B.C. Vital Stats from Newspapers 1858-1872.
  10. Pioneer Register (pre-1900) for British Columbia.
  11. Previous Mail and E-mail Queries.
  12. BC Cemetery Finding Aid, an index to burials around British Columbia. See section below.
  13. BC Vital Statistics Indices, 1872-, as released (records are released: 20 years after death; 75 years after marriage; 120 years after birth.) See section below.
  14. Other BCGS databases of on-going BCGS projects, including the BC Books index and articles published in The British Columbia Genealogist, the Society’s quarterly journal, and its newsletters.
  15. British Columbia Telephone books and directories from the BCGS Library’s extensive collections.
  16. 1901 Census Index for BC As well as,
  17. Records at other local libraries – Vital Statistics Records, Public Directories, historical newspapers or census records may be searched, at the discretion of the BC Research Committee.  Extra fees may apply.

Mailing Research Requests

All mailed requests must go to the Society’s mailing address: Attn BC Research, BCGS, P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC, CANADA, V6X 3T6

Questions? Contact the BC Research Committee by mail or e-mail: queryrequest @ bcgs.ca

Please provide sufficient details relating to your research queries to enable our researchers to fully assist you.  And please provide your personal contact details, including your e-mail address, if applicable.

BC Research Fees

*All fees are to be paid in Canadian $.

Searches of the sources in our Library (see list above) are *$15 for the first name; and *$10 for each additional name, if submitted at the time of the first request, even if the same last name, for example, husband and wife.

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Birth, marriage, death and obituary copies – photocopies can be obtained of birth, marriage and death registration (BMD) certificates found in the BC Vital Statistics Indices and newspaper obituaries.  The fee is *$10 for the first, and *$5 for each additional certificate or obituary, if submitted at the time of the first request, as above.

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Headstone transcriptions are $2 each.

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All copies are subject to the quality of the original document.  Forward your research queries together with applicable fees to the B.C. Research Committee, c/o the Society’s postal address or e-mail address: queryrequest @ bcgs.ca

BC Research Fee Payment

All fees should be paid by PayPal, cheque or money order, made payable to the “BC Genealogical Society”.   We regret that we cannot undertake descendancy research.  Please see below for private researchers.

When paying with PayPal, please ensure you send an e-mail to: queryrequest @ bcgs.ca with all the relevant details for the genealogy search(es) you’re requesting.


Submitting Research Queries for Publication

Our quarterly Journal is circulated world-wide.  If you desire the publication of a query in the Society’s quarterly journal, it can be inserted without charge for members, or for a fee of $5 per query for non-members.  Please print or type clearly.  Be brief but include some identifying first names, dates, and places, approximate if necessary.  Write out all words in full and be sure to state exactly what information you are seeking.  Address queries to the Editor c/o the Society’s P.O. mailing address in Richmond, BC or e-mail these to editor @ bcgs.ca

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Other Genealogy Records

Military records are available from the Personnel Records Unit, Library and Archives Canada (LAC), 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N3.  Fax: (613) 947-8456.  Personnel records are available 20 years after demise, if proof of death is provided.  For information about available indexes and requesting any military records, see the LAC website: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-909-e.html

BCGS Publications

The BCGS. has many publications, such as Cemetery Transcripts, Surname Indexes, Research Forms, back issues of BCGS Journals and others.  Price Lists for these are available by email to store @ bcgs.ca

Please send a stamped self-addressed envelope with requests by mail or e-mail: cemeteries @ bcgs.ca 

1886 Voters List of Vancouver, BCGS Book, Extractions. The fees are as follows.

Full names of any one surname (members) $2.00, (non-members) $3.00, (UK & Overseas) £ 2.00 first name.
Additional surnames (members) $1.00, (non-members) $1.00, (UK & Overseas) £ 1.00 per additional name.
Copy of page details (members)$ 0.20, (non-members) $ 0.25, (UK & Overseas £ 0.25 per page.
Postage where applicable (members) $ 0.50, (non-members) $ 0.50, (UK & Overseas) £ 0.50 up to 4 pages.

E-mail your requests to queryrequest @ bcgs.ca Payment may be made by PayPal or cheques or money orders in Canadian, US or Sterling Funds by mail are acceptable. Mail to the Society address at bottom of page and mark your request “Vancouver Voters, 1886”. Copies of the book are still available – on sale now at $20. (regular $45.00) plus postage.

A list of all the surnames mentioned in Vancouver Voters, 1886 is on-line here,

The British Columbia Cemetery Finding Aid (BCCFA) Extractions

**The BCGS has participated in supplying information to the BCCFA. This database, available for viewing at http://www.islandnet.com/bccfa, is intended *only* as a “pointer” database. It consists of the surnames, cemetery name and location of more than 100,000 entries collected from records and headstone inscriptions associated with 141 cemeteries situated in the province of British Columbia, Canada and one from the state of Washington, USA. Please note that in some cases, the listed individuals may *not* be interred in these cemeteries but were mentioned in the source records or on the headstone. For REFERENCE FIELD numbers beginning with “BCGS-“, e-mail queryrequest @ bcgs.ca or write to the British Columbia Genealogical Society with your request. You may pay by PayPal (see ‘headstone transcriptions’ above) or mail the following fees:- $ 2.00 for the first name and $ 1.00 per additional name.

Cheques or money orders in Canadian, US or Sterling Funds are acceptable. Mail to the Society address at bottom of page and mark your request ” BCCFA extractions”.

British Columbia Archives Extractions

The BCGS can extract a copy of the BC Archives death & marriage registrations from microfilm kept at the Vancouver Public Library for a fee of $10.00 each for the first extraction & $5.00 each for additional extractions to cover our costs to travel to downtown Vancouver, photocopy, etc. Please supply the Reg. Number, the BC Archives Microfilm Number or the GSU Microfilm Number. Available at the BC Archives website at:- http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca

You will receive the best copy of the registration form we can produce from the Vancouver Public Library microfilm reader/printers. Please note, the quality of the copy is usually quite readable, however, as the microfilm quality and handwriting/typing quality on the actual document can vary; copies received could be of poor quality,

Pay by PayPal (see Birth, marriage, death and obituary copies above) or mailed cheques or money orders in Canadian, US or Sterling Funds are acceptable. Mail to the Society address at bottom of page and mark your request “BC Archives extractions”.

Private Researchers

If you require additional or more detailed searches, such as locating descendants, a  number of members of the BCGS have indicated that they will undertake for a fee, on terms and conditions to be individually arranged.  Please note that any arrangements you make with them are entirely your responsibility and the BCGS. does not in any way warrant the quality or correctness of their work.  Follow this link for the List of Researchers