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.
Don’t find yourself marooned! Genealogy research is easier and more fun when shared. Desert Island comic, courtesy of Randall Patrick Munroe,
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’.
For those who have tickets to the BCGS 2016 Seminar this Saturday, April 30th, 10 am to 4:30 pm, with Chris Paton, here is a printable map with directions to the Seminar.
Lunch is included. And the BCGS Boutique will be there.
This Seminar is sold out, no more tickets are available.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will be closed all day this Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 due to the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade.
The Library will re-open as usual, 10 am to 3 pm, on Tuesday, April 26th.
FamilyTreeDNA sponsored and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) organized DNA related talks throughout Who Do You Think You Are Live! 2016 held in Birmingham, England.
Most of these will be on YouTube soon. The first one is here:
Here is the link to the DNA Lectures – Who Do You Think You Are YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HQSiSkiy7ujlkgQER1FYw?nohtml5=False
We will be having a DNA Group session at the May General Meeting and after that, a couple of small sessions at the BCGS Library.
The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby. All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.
CLASSES FOR OUR MEETING:
English Group – Tips & Tricks in Finding Elusive Ancestors in the English Census Records – Peter Claydon
Irish Group – Records in the BCGS Library – Eunice Robinson
Introduction to New Members – an information session for new/newer members – Lorraine Irving & Judith Ueland.
See you Wednesday.
BCGS General Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map (.pdf)
NO MORE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR OUR SPRING SEMINAR WITH CHRIS PATON.
This seminar has sold out.
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