Researching your own family tree is rewarding – and fun! No matter where in the world your family is from, we can help.
Our members have been researching, preserving and publishing their own family histories and that of British Columbia, Canada’s families since 1971. Our Society’s is 46 years old, and our website is among the first genealogy sites – for 21 years.
Our collective experience and expertise can point you to the best and newest resources on-line and off (not everything is on the Internet) and help you to organize and preserve your family history research, to navigate through confusing documents or contradictory evidence found, and to share your family tree and family stories with others.
Don’t find yourself marooned! Genealogy research is easier and more fun when shared. Desert Island comic, courtesy of Randall Patrick Munroe,
The British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) has been on the World Wide Web since 1996. There’ll always be something new for you here on this website. BCGS Members also have access to a Members’ Only Area.
We welcome new members and visitors and invite you to see what we offer free on-line and at our BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC and at our year round monthly meetings, the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm in the Downstairs Hall at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.
Visit our Research, Walter Draycott Library and Membership sections to see the free resources available to you here which include advice for beginners, free family tree charts, worldwide research links and guides for British Columbia and Canadian genealogy and family history research too.
Do visit the BCGS on Facebook and on Twitter @bcgs_ca And now we are on Pinterest too.
And here is the link to the BCGS mobile site, although if you have a smartphone or other mobile device, you likely can use this website as is ‘on the go’.
Susanne Sulzberger will be speaking at the BC Genealogical Society’s 2017 Seminar, June 9-11, 2017 in Coquitlam.
Susanne has been reference archivist and Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) analyst at the Vancouver Office of Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) Regional Archival Program since 2009.
She was graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with a BA in Religion, Literature and the arts, followed by a Master of Archival Studies degree also from UBC. While at university, she worked through the UBC Arts Co-op program, first at Athabasca University in a research project examining whether the AU’s Archives would become a repository for records of Canadian non-profit environmental organizations, then at Library and Archives Canada where she later accepted a full time archival position.
She has presented at several conferences, and an article she co-authored with Sarah Hurford and Jenna Murdock Smith, “LAC Participation at Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Events”, was published in Signatures, Fall/Winter 2015, pp. 10-13, and is on-line free to read.
Read all about our Canada150 Seminar here.
Tickets are available for our 2017 Seminar, June 9-11 in Metro Vancouver, featuring these engaging and experienced genealogy speakers at British Columbia`s largest Seminar this season.
Whether you are just beginning your family tree, researching your Canadian families, thinking about adding DNA to your family history tools, or looking beyond Canadian sources for records from overseas, you will find family history answers at our Canada 150 Seminar – Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors.
All the Seminar details are on our Canada 150 Seminar page, including speakers biographies, topics, locations, as well as Saturday`s schedule and registration and payment information.
Come for the full 3 days or for Saturday only. Invite a friend or family member to attend too.
For registration, contact Susan Snalam now at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 273 8209.
Register with cash, cheque, or Visa by contacting Susan or click to pay with PayPal on the BCGS Canada 150 Seminar page. Tickets will also be available at BCGS meetings.
The BC Genealogical Society Annual General Meeting is Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
Meeting location – printable map and directions.
Claire Smith-Burns to speak at the BC Genealogical Society’s 2017 Seminar, June 9-11, 2017 in Coquitlam
Claire Smith-Burns descends from early BC families on her father’s side and became intrigued with family history as a teenager. Her long experience with Canadian, British and Dutch records has been influenced by her educational background in anthropology (Universities of British Columbia and Victoria) and careers in museum, archival and library management.
Claire has been active with genealogy societies across Canada and has many years’ experience in designing and implementing educational programs, workshops and conferences. In 2004, she developed a course on Canadian Genealogy for the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History’s annual Institute in Salt Lake City and she has been a speaker at various genealogy conferences in BC. Claire has made numerous trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and has led a research tour there every two years since 2007. She has published several articles in Canadian genealogy periodicals and was awarded the Marion Keffer Prize by the Ontario Genealogical Society in May 2002 for “best original article.” Currently, Claire is chairperson of the Public Education Committee and Family & Local History Resource Centre for the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and sits on the Central Okanagan Heritage Week Committee.
In her other life, Claire is the mother of three grown children. She and her husband own and manage an international management consulting company specializing in safety and attitudinal change. Claire is also an avid gardener and tends her half-acre English Perennial garden in Kelowna, BC.
Read about our Canada150 Seminar here.
Mary Read will be speaking at the BC Genealogical Society’s 2017 Seminar, June 9-11, 2017 in Coquitlam.
When Mary Read inherited her mom’s family research files in 1996, she happily took on the challenge and began finding her ancestors on the internet as technology rolled out a whole new world of possibilities. She joined the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society that same year. Since then she has taken an active role in the society as a director, a committee member and a presenter on various subjects at meetings, forums and workshops. She is currently the editor of the KDGS quarterly newsletter, The Okanagan Researcher.
Mary grew up on the farm in Saskatchewan where her great grandparents homesteaded and even though she now lives in Kelowna, her roots are deeply planted in the prairies. With a large collection of Saskatchewan local histories posted on-line, she spends a lot of time doing look-ups and helping researchers around the world search for their prairie families. Recently retired after 25 years with Okanagan College, she is now very happy to have more time for traveling, camping, sewing, reading, writing, grandchildren and of course research!
Read about our Canada150 Seminar here.