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.

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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’.

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.

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.

DNA Group News – 2014 Intl. Genetic Genealogy Conference videos available

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BCGS DNA Group Update, 22 September 2014

The next BCGS DNA-Genetic Genealogy Group meeting will be 25 November 2014, 1 pm at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library. Contact the Facilitator for more information, e-mail: bcgs @ bcgs.ca

The Institute for Genetic Genealogy has now available for purchase videos of 27 presentations from the 2014 International Genetic Genealogy Conference held in August in Maryland, USA.  Continue reading