British Columbia Genealogical Society

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British Columbia Genealogical Society

The British Columbia Genealogical Society, Canada

British Columbia Genealogical Society Website


  • Members receive the Society's quarterly journal and all newsletters and email updates.
  • Members may attend Society meetings, events and other activities for free, or for certain seminars and events, at reduced fees.
  • Only members have borrowing privileges at the Society's Walter Draycott Library.
  • The Society has arranged certain discounts and privileges for members.
  • Non-members interested in genealogy and family history are welcome to attend meetings and most events and activities, either free or at a nominal cost. They may use the free resources on the Society's website, including the 1901 British Columbia census index and the resources for British Columbia obituary, cemetery and newspaper research. Research services and other assistance is available at a nominal cost.

History of the society

Society Officers

  • A full list of current Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs is on the Society's website.

Current Society Projects

  • on-going indexing of British Columbia obituaries and newspaper clippings.
  • on-going indexing of British Columbia community histories and local history books.
  • on-going transcriptions and photography of British Columbia cemeteries.

Past Projects

  • Indexing of the 1901 Canadian census for British Columbia
  • Indexing of the 1886 Voters' List for the City of Vancouver, British Columbia. Now available as a book, Vancouver Voters, 1886.


  • See the Society's website for an up to date list of cemetery and other genealogical publications on the Society's Publication Sales page. Many libraries have these publications in their collections.


  • The Offspring, a free e-newsletter, is available to download on the Society's website under 'Publication Archives'.


  • The Society's Walter Draycott Library has over 14,000 worldwide genealogical publications, and microformat resources, and as well significant collections of publications, indexes, card and clipping files relating to Briitish Columbia, Canada.


  • The Society holds at least one genealogical seminar each year, offers a free Library Week each July with speakers and workshops each day, as well as other events throughout the year.

Society Meetings

  • The Society has a general meeting the second Tuesday of each month in Burnaby, BC and the Special Interest Groups meet either at general meetings or at other times in the month. See the website for locations, times, and contact names for more information.

Board Meetings

  • The Society's Board meets momthly. Contact a Board member for information. Board and Committee Chair's contact details are on the website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I live in British Columbia, but my research interest is outside of British Columbia, Canada. Should I still join the BC Genealogical Society?

A. Yes!  Most Society members are researching outside the province, although many have British Columbia, Canada roots.

The Society's Library collections reflect this, and are particularly strong for the United Kingdom and Ireland, for Scandinavia, and for Canada, including Quebec.

The Society's Special Interest Groups currently include Canada, Chinese, Computer, DNA, English, European, First Nations, Irish, Metis, Quebec, Scandinavian, Scottish, United States.

Joining a local society gives you access to all its resources and meeting with others who are enthusiastic and knowlegeable about genealogy and family history will benefit you greatly.

Q. My family has British Columbia roots. What resources does the Society have for British Columbia researchers?

A. The Society's members' have been researching British Columbia for over 40 years and have developed many unique resources including extensive surname indexes and files, obituary clipping files, census indexes, an indexed British Columbia history book collection, and cemetery listings and photographs from all over British Columbia. Access to these is available in person at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library or through the Society's BC Research Committee's query services.

Q. What are the directions to the Society's Library?   

A. The Society's Walter Draycott Library is at Unit 211, 12837 - 76th Avenue, in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. A map and other information is available on the website.

Please note the MAILING ADDRESS is: British Columbia Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall,   Richmond, BC, CANADA, V6X 3T6

Q. What are the society's Library's hours of operation?

A.The Society's Library is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, unless these days fall on a statuatory holiday (or unless it snows). Please call the Library at 604 502 9119 or see the website for updated information.