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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. 2016 is our Society’s 45th anniversary (and the 20 year anniversary of our website).

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.

Desert Island graphic -http://xkcd.com/731/

Don’t find yourself marooned! Genealogy research is easier and more fun when shared. Desert Island comic, courtesy of Randall Patrick Munroe,
CC BY-NC 2.5, http://xkcd.com/731

 

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’.

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL at the BCGS LIBRARY

Saturday, December 3rd, 11 am to 2 pm

Join us any time between 11 am and 2 pm; there is no formal program.

We will have coffee, tea and some goodies. Bring a friend, some treats or just bring yourself. This is an opportunity to share and socialize informally with other members.

If you plan to attend, please contact Linda Maitland at lindamaitland@telus.net. Hope to see you there!

“…as Difficult to Forget the War as to Forget Life Itself” by Beatrice S. Nasmyth, 1915

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit-London-1914

The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit at the Tower of London, which consisted of 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British and colonial deaths. Photographer Andrew Davidson (English Wikipedia) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

“Proximity of Zeppelins, Hospitals, Red Cross Trains, Wounded Canadians and Funerals of Fallen Heroes Make It as Difficult to Forget the War as to Forget Life Itself” by Beatrice S. Nasmyth, The Daily Province, Vancouver, BC, Saturday, 4 September 1915, page 14.

London, Aug. 29 [1915]—“Just to prove it can be done,” said I to myself yesterday, “I am going to forget for a whole day that there is such a thing as a war. I’ll buy no papers, read no posters, talk only about the weather and the flower show, think only about the happy side of life.”

A beautiful thought with which to sally forth on a bright morning. So I wended my way towards Victoria street thinking how blue was the sky and distaining to analyze the numerous unheavenly odors that greeted me from the street stalls opening up for the day’s business.

It requires concentration, of course,” I reminded myself, struck suddenly by the smell of decaying fish, “but one can always rise above sordid circumstances.” And as I looked up with this thought like a serene refutation there floated across my vision of sky a big black dirigible, very high up and pointing westward. Everybody else on the street was “looking up” too, many anxiously, and I heard the word “Zeppelin” on several lips and on others the ridiculing laugh. But not to be inveigled into thinking of war by this monster warscout I lowered my eyes battling against curiosity, although aircraft are a frequent enough sight here and hastened around the corner.
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BCGS General Meeting – Nov 9, 2016 in Burnaby – Remembrance

Canadian-Korean-War-Memorial-Burnaby-BC. Photographer, Marvin Millis

The Canadian Korean War Memorial, Central Park, Burnaby, BC. Photographer, Marvin Millis.

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Our guest speaker will be Fred Hazell whose presentation will feature
military memorabilia.

Remember this is the last day to enter the BCGS ‘Most Improved Genealogist’ competition.

The BCGS Boutique will be there too with genealogy books, aids and novelties. Shop for Christmas now.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Fall 2016 Events include:

November 15th – Geoff Doherty and Marg Doherty from Brisbane, Australia will speak on Australian Research, 1 to 3 p.m. at the LDS Surrey Stake Location, 6270 – 126th Street, Surrey, BC. Co-sponsored by the BC Genealogical Society and The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. Free. Please pre-register; space is limited. Contact Jeannie Vance at surreyfhc@gmail.com or phone 604-597-9695 and leave your name and #.

November 18th – Genealogy Fair. Free; 2-4 pm. In partnership with the British Columbia Genealogical Society, the Jewish Genealogical Society of British Columbia and Klahanie Research Ltd.
West Vancouver Library, 1950 Marine Dr., West Vancouver, B.C. V7V 1J8
Website: https://westvanlibrary.ca/events/genealogy-fair#sthash.t6MvmHhF.dpuf

November 26th – Family History Show & Tell in the morning 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Free. bring in your own creations or historic items – anything that tells a story: quilts, scrapbooks, digital collages, historic home movie clips or unusual family artifacts. Visit, display your family treasures, or show and tell the story (ten minutes maximum).

Also November 26th – in the afternoon, Collectors’ Show & Tell, 1:00-2:00 PM. Free. Display what you collect (register now), or just come by to view.

Both events at Cloverdale Library. Register in person at the Library, or call 604-598-7327, or email familyhistory@surrey.ca 5642 – 176A St., Surrey, BC V3S 4G9
Website: http://www.surreylibraries.ca/programs-services/4815.aspx

December 3rd – from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., an informal BCGS Library Open House to socialize with BCGS members. Free.

December 14th – BCGS Christmas Social – merriment and holiday treats! Meet the BCGS’s Most Improved Genealogist for 2017!
The speaker will be Kim Burkhardt, co-author of Rising from Obscurity: Harriet Susannah Ellis.
All interested are welcome to come. Free.
The evening will also include the ever popular paperback book sale and our first ever BCGS Silent Auction. Donations for the auction are welcome. Please contact the President, Rob Whitlock, as soon as possible.

Check the BCGS Calendar for other events.

Australian Research – free session – Nov 15, 2016 Surrey BC – Geoff & Marg Doherty

The British Columbia Genealogical Society
and The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints
is pleased to offer a FREE presentation on Australian Genealogy, featuring

Geoff Doherty and Marg Doherty
from Brisbane, Australia

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LDS Surrey Stake Location – Relief Society room
6270 – 126th Street, Surrey, BC.
Space is limited so please register.
Contact Jeannie Vance at surreyfhc@gmail.com
or phone 604-597-9695 and leave your name and number to register.

BCGS General Meeting, Wed., Oct 12, 2016 in Burnaby

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Groups meeting will be:
Ireland
Canada – prairie provinces

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Fall 2016 Events include:

Fri. Oct. 14th – Lesley Anderson, speaking on researching women at Ancestry. Free, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church. Click here for more details.

Sat. Oct. 15th – Finding Your Roots Seminar, all day; free. IT IS TIME TO REGISTER FOR FINDING YOUR ROOTS! Saturday October 15 from 8:30 – 4:30 at the Surrey Stake Centre. The deadline to register so you can print your handouts is Thursday October 13. If you show up on Saturday without pre-registering, you Will NOT Get Handouts.
PRE REGISTER at www.findingyourroots.ca Register even if you can only come for 1 or 2 classes.

Sat. Oct. 29th – The BCGS and Cloverdale Library are sponsoring the Brickwalls 3 Seminar and Consultations. Tickets available at the BCGS meeting or on-line on our website.

Sat. Nov. 5 – Canada Chat at the BCGS Library, 1 pm.

October. – BCGS Salt Lake City research trips. Contact the organizers now – more info on our website page.