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’.

BCGS Family History Book Award – deadline for 2014 entries

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15 February, 2015 is the deadline for entries to the British Columbia Genealogical Society’s annual book award to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia, Canada.

 

 

 BCGS Family History Book Award Strawberry Tea, June 2014, Burnaby, BC

 

Books considered must be written by a British Columbia author, relate to British Columbia family history and be published in 2014.

The British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Award will be presented at the 10th June, 2015 meeting of the British Columbia Genealogical Society in Burnaby, BC..

For full details about BCGS Family HIstory Award submissions, please see the BCGS Family History Book Award Committee’s press release below or contact Alice Marwood, BCGS Family History Book Award Committee Chair, at 604-582-1548 or email: amarwood@shaw.ca

BCGS Family History Book Award Press Release-November 2014

French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest

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Book Launch and Presentation by Jean Barman

Tuesday, 2 December 2014, beginning at 6:30 pm.

 

Sponsored by the Société historique francophone de Colombie-Britannique (SHFCB)

Studio 16, Maison de la Francophonie, 1555 West 7th Ave., Vancouver. Free event.

Launch of the 2015 SHFCB calendar, 6:30 pm

Wine & cheese 7:00 pm

Jean Barman’s presentation (in English), 7:30 pm.

Jean Barman was the 21st recipient of the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding literary career in British Columbia. Read more about her at ABC BookWorld.

French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women – Book Launch poster (.pdf). Please distribute.

Lest We Forget – 11 November 2014 – Remembrance Day in Canada

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This image is from In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McRae, M.D., Canadian Expeditionary Force, illustrated by Ernest Clegg, then late of the Bedfordshire Regiment, British Expeditionary Force (New York, 1921, page 1).

You may read and/or download this beautiful book at the Internet Archive.

Read about the poet John McCrae – Veterans Affairs Canada

And about the artist Ernest Clegg – George Glazer Gallery