Welcome to the British Columbia Genealogical Society

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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’s families since 1971. In 2011, our Society celebrated its 40th anniversary.

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’.

All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery – Oct 25-Nov 2, 2014, Vancouver BC

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Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery will celebrate its 10th Annual All Souls event starting on Saturday, October 25th and conitinuing till November 2, 2014.  This is a peaceful, reflective family friendly time to visit Mountain View.  Beginning on the 25th, the Celebration Hall will be open each night – 6-10 pm for the All Souls Opening, October 25th with music and tea, and memorial making with flowers and candles, and then 6-9 pm nightly till the 2nd.

To see the details for all this year’s events, and photographs and memories of past years, go to the Night For All Souls website.

Cemetery walking tours are included in the events.

Sunday, October 26, 2-4pm  and Sunday, November 2, 2-4pm – Veterans of World War One in Mountain View Cemetery walk with Joe MacEachern

Saturday, November 1, 2-4pm – Historical Walk with Lorraine Irving
 

Military_Graves-Mountain_View_Cemetery-Vancouver_BCMilitary Graves and Cross of Sacrifice, Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 2013.

Brick Walls 2 Seminar! Saturday, November 1, 2014 – Surrey BC

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**Tickets for the Seminar are still available, but One-On-One Brick Wall Consultations are going quickly.  Call Susan Snalam now at 604 273 8209 to reserve your tickets.**

Brick Walls Seminar 2 – Sharing Strategies on Tough Genealogy Problems

with M. Diane Rogers, Brenda L. Smith, and Peter Whitlock, plus guest speaker Eunice Robinson.

Co-sponsors: British Columbia Genealogical Society and the Cloverdale Library (Surrey Libraries).

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Saturday, November 1, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Charge: $20 (includes food)
Additional charge of $10 for 1-on-1 meeting with an Expert

 

Another brick in the wall! One of our most successful programs ever is back. Our experts, Diane, Brenda, and Peter, return to share their thoughts on overcoming difficult Family History challenges.

The panel members will then individually meet attendees who have submitted questions in advance for 1-on-1 fifteen minute consultations. While this is happening special guest speaker Eunice Robinson will give a talk on planning a trip to Salt Lake City.

There will be an end-of-the-day wrap-up plus lots of opportunities to ask questions and share experiences!

A delicious light meal and refreshments will be provided. And there are great door prizes for lucky participants, including a year’s subscription to FindMyPast.com and a year’s membership in the BC Genealogical Society!

Contact the BCGS for details and tickets: bcgs@bcgs.ca or call Susan Snalam at 604 273 8209. BCGS tickets available in person at meetings as of August, 2014. Pay at a meeting in person or on-line below with PayPal. We will ask for your phone number and an e-mail address, if applicable. These will only be used in case we need to contact you about this Seminar.

1-on-1 questions need to be paid for and submitted in advance. You will be asked ahead of time for a brief description of your Brick Wall; a form will be provided to you for this purpose.  Contact the BCGS as above for details.


Brick Wall Seminar



On the Brick Walls Seminar day there will be an extended free orientation of the Cloverdale Library Family History Collection, Saturday, November 1 from 10:30 – noon. Please register separately with Cloverdale Library if you are interested in attending the orientation. Cloverdale Library has an extensive collection of Canadian genealogical materials and offers free access to several on-line databases.

BCGS BC Brick Wall #2 above – do you recognize this wall? Hint: you can get a good cup of coffee there.

Wait for me, Daddy – WW II – New Westminster, BC, 1940

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The City of New Westminster, British Columbia, unveiled a new monument early this October, a sculpture by Veronica and Edwin Dam De Nogales, based on the well known photograph often called “Wait for Me, Daddy” taken October 1, 1940 as the British Columbia Regiment, Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles, marched down Eighth Street in New Westminster towards the train station.  Continue reading

BCGS General Meeting – October 8, 2014

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Girls'_Softball_team_members-Ocean_Falls-1944The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

Directions and map (.pdf)

Two group sessions after the general meeting:

Genealogy 101 – Parish Registers
English Group – Planning research trips to England. Bring your travel tips and success stories.

UPCOMING EVENTS

BRICK WALLS 2 SEMINAR —  Saturday, November 1, 2014 – Surrey BC – co-sponsored by BCGS and Cloverdale Library. Tickets available at the BCGS general meeting or pay on-line or by phone..

FINDING YOUR ROOTS SEMINAR
— Saturday, October 18, 2014  – Surrey BC. Free; all day. Look for BCGS displays, book sales and the Boutique at this seminar. Check the speakers schedule; register and reserve lunch on-line.

BCGS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL — You may renew for 2015 at this meeting, or right now with PayPal on the BCGS website, or by mail.

BCGS MOST IMPROVED GENEALOGIST CONTEST — all BCGS members are eligible; submit your entry to the Education Committee by the November 2014 meeting.

The photo above shows Pacific Mills’ girls’ softball team members at Ocean Falls, BC, November, 1944. Photographers:Don Coltman and Colmer Steffens. Courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives: CVA 586-3285.

Nelson BC Memorial Cemetery CD – brand new

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Nelson_BC_Memorial_Cemetery-viewNelson Memorial Cemetery view, British Columbia, Canada

The BCGS has just published the Nelson BC Memorial Cemetery CD. This CD contains transcriptions done by Audrey and Henry E. Stevenson along with some photographs and other images from the cemetery and headstones.

The cemetery CD index has over 6500 names listed.

Now for sale – BCGS Cemetery Publication #C120. $20.00

Contact the BCGS Cemetery Committee at cemeteries@bcgs.ca or 604 502 9119 (Surrey BC) to order your copy.

Nelson BC Cemetery CD poster

See the BCGS Cemetery Committee page or the BCGS Publications page for more information.