Walter Draycott Library

LOCATION – Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

HOURS -Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 10am – 3pm year round, but closed for Statutory holidays if they fall on those days and on long weekends the Library is closed on Saturday when there is a Monday holiday.

TELEPHONE/FAX: 604 502 9119

BCGS LIBRARY RESOURCES – go to Library Catalogues here

Volunteers at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, 2011BCGS Volunteers at the Walter Draycott Library


Check the BCGS website calendar for holiday closure information and for special events, for instance, extra open days during the BCGS free annual Library Week each July.

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library and Resource Centre is staffed by volunteers who will help visitors search for resources at the site, but will not do any research. All visitors will be asked to sign in. Members, please remember your membership card must be shown.  Group visits should be arranged in advance; please contact the Library Administrator.

FamilySearch Affiliation – The BCGS Walter Draycott Library is a FamilySearch Family History Library affiliate library. You may order films on-line from the Library in Salt Lake City to use at the BCGS Library. See this link for more information and for the on-line ordering system:

When ordering films to the BCGS LIbrary, please send the BCGS Library Administrator a quick e-mail: to let her know your name, contact info and which films you are expecting.

Note: As of December 2015, The Family History Library – Familysearch has discontinued e-mailing copies of specific documents or book pages. See this link: Photo Duplication Services Discontinued

The BCGS Library and Resource Centre has well over 16,000 worldwide publication titles, plus numerous census records on microformats, tapes and CDs, and a number of unique research resources for British Columbia and also for Quebec and Sweden. All these are available for use free by members and at the nominal charge of $5.00 a day for non members. (And if a visitor decides to join the BCGS that day, the charge witll be credited towards the membership fee.)

There is a lunchroom at the Library and restaurants nearby.

BCGS Library shelves, 2011

BCGS Walter Draycott Library Stacks, 2011


Read the Welcome to the BCGS Library brochure (printable,double sided PDF).

Search the BCGS Library catalogues on-line.


For public transit, see also the Translink Trip Planner:  or call 604-953-3333.

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If You Can’t Visit in Person

The BCGS BC Research Committee will do lookups in BCGS Library resources for you. Please see the main BCGS BC Research page.

Subscription Databases Available at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library – American Ancestors, Ancestry Library Edition, Genealogical Research Library

American Ancestors (New England Historic Genealogical Society)

American Ancestors on-line databases include a wide array of indexes and records for US resources, especially for the New England area, but not limited to New England. The American Ancestors website also has a number of free indexes and resources. For a video tutorial showing how to use the site, go to:

For example, American Ancestors includes the Mayflower Descendant, volumes 21 through 25, publication years 1919 to 1923.

To browse the list of NEHGS databases, or view the various categories available, go to:

Genealogical Research Library

Over 835,000 listings of worldwide genealogical and historical research resources, many unique to the site, including antique maps and books, along with instant access.

Ancestry Library Edition – Search Tips

Ancestry Library Edition, from ProQuest partnered with, hosts some 7,000 databases and 200 billion images, including Canadian collections (census, Quebed Drouin Collection -1621-1967, immigration records); US collections (federal and state censuses; military records, Social Security Death Index-SSDI, U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records); UK collections (censuses for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and Scotland, Births and Baptisms-1834-1906, Marriage Licenses-1521-1869, Deaths and Burials-1834-1934, and London Poor Law Records-1840-1938;  German census, vital records, emigration indexes, ship lists, phone directories; Chinese  Jiapu collection; Jewish family history records from Eastern Europe and Russia; Swedish church records; and more.

Ancestry Library Edition (ProQuest) is now available to members and visitors at the BCGS Library. You will find useful search tips and related information in these handouts and links

Quick User Guide: Ancestry Library Edition: PDF format Link:

Key Differences between and Ancestry Library Edition (from ProQuest): PDF format  Link:

Registering as a free Guest at To access free databases, use Personal Member trees, post messages, etc. (link is to Guest Registration at

Find the free databases and other resources at (link to Help section.)

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