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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.

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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’.

BCGS General Meeting – January 11th, 2017 – 7:30 pm Burnaby

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Vintage New Year’s postcard, courtesy of Dave, riptheskull, at Flickr. (CC BY-ND 2.0).

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The speaker will be Peter Claydon.

Peter’s topic will be the newly released GRO (United Kingdom – England and Wales) database searches that include mother’s surnames prior to 1911 and ages of death prior to 1878. He will include how to search as well as problems in searching and database errors. Peter will make use of internet access for this talk and he will take us through the actual online database.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments available.

If you have not already renewed, or would like to join the BCGS, please see the Membership Committee at the meeting, or you may renew or join and pay on-line at the BCGS Membership page.

Meeting location – printable map and directions

Coming up this month at the BCGS Library

Tuesday, 24 Jan. 2017, the Legacy Family Tree software group meets from 1-3 pm.

Saturday, 28 Jan 2017, The First Nations group meets from 1-3 pm. Please let Alice Marwood know if you plan to attend – 604 582-1548.

BCGS Library – 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

BCGS Mailed Renewals – please check the postal code

Some may have received BCGS Application or Renewal forms with an incorrect BCGS postal code.

The mailing address of the Society is:

P.O. Box 88054,
Lansdowne Mall,
Richmond, BC, CANADA
V6X 3T6

If you’d like to pay on-line instead of mailing your renewal or application, please go to our Membership page to pay with PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account.

If you have any questions, please e-mail the BCGS at webmaster@bcgs.ca

BCGS Christmas Social – Dec. 14, 2016 in Burnaby

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The BCGS Christmas Social is December 14th, 2016, 7:30 pm – merriment and holiday treats! Pick up your winter reading at the paperback book sale and this year, participate in our first BCGS Silent Auction. Have fun, pickup a present for someone (or yourself) and help raise some money for our Society.

The BCGS’s Most Improved Genealogist(s) for 2016 will be announced too!

Our speaker will be Kim Burkhardt, co-author of Rising from Obscurity: Harriet Susannah Ellis.

All interested are welcome to come. Free. Refreshments.

Donations of treats for the refreshment table and books for the paperback sale are welcome.

Location: Danish Lutheran Church, Lower Hall, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

BCGS Walter Draycott Library – Holiday and Snow Closures

NOTE** The BCGS Library Will Be Open Saturday, January 7th, 2017 as usual from 10 am to 3 pm.

Due to weather conditions, the BCGS Library will NOT be open Thursday, January 5th and was not open Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017. Please check here before visiting this month or call the Library at 604 502 9119 to confirm.

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will close for the holidays from 3 pm, Saturday December 17th, 2016, and reopens at 10 am Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

BCGS members may take home circulating books and journals to read so come in this week with your holiday genealogy and family history reading list or browse the shelves for new items.

 

And please remember, if it snows at any time, the Library is closed. Call to confirm if in doubt – 604 502 9119.

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!