British Columbia Genealogical Society, Canada

British Columbia Genealogical Society members include affiliate societies and individual members from across the province and around the world. The Society, founded in 1971, is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS), the British Columbia Historical Federation and the Canadian Historical Association and is incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia, Canada.

Membership meetings: Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month in Burnaby, B.C. and include speakers, beginners’ classes and Special Interest Group (SIG) sessions. Currently, topics for the SIGs include: Computer, DNA, English, European, First Nations, Irish, Canada, Métis, Quebec, Scandinavian, Scottish and United States.

BCGS Walter Draycott Library and Resource Center:  Located in Surrey, B.C., the Walter Draycott Library holds over 14,000 worldwide publication titles, plus census and other records on microforms and CDROMs and specialized indexes and files for British Columbia research. Access to facilities (including microform readers/printers and computers for CDROMs and Internet use) is free to members or $5.00 a day for non-members. Search the B.C.G.S. library catalogues on the website.

“The British Columbia Genealogist”: The Society’s quarterly journal is free to members. An index for articles from 1971-1984 is at the B.C.G.S. website. The B.C.G.S. is interested in journal exchanges with other genealogical societies and publishes articles from both members and non-members. Contact the Editor for more information.

Society Publications: These include Heads of Household in British Columbia, 1874; Pioneer Register, Pioneers in British Columbia before 1900; & Vancouver (B.C.) Voters, 1886: A Biographical Dictionary, as well as many transcriptions & listings for cemeteries across British Columbia.  A full list of publications is available on the website.

Query Services: The society offers B.C. surname, cemetery, vital statistics and other research services at a nominal cost. This includes lookups in the Society’s master card files of over 200,000 B.C. surnames. Queries may also be placed in “The British Columbia Genealogist” or on the website.

Special Projects & Activities: The B.C.G.S. & B.C.G.S. members sponsor special events throughout the year and on-going projects, such as indexing census, newspapers and other materials, mainly for British Columbia, Canada research. 

B.C.G.S. Annual Family History Book Award:  The Award's purpose is to to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia, Canada. Books chosen must be written by a British Columbia author or relate to British Columbia family history.

Website: A free index to the 1901 B.C. Census is on the website, as are members' surnames and interests, information on British Columbia research, including links to websites, historical and genealogical groups, newspapers and public libraries from around British Columbia.

B.C.G.S. website:

Telephone: 604 502 9119

Mailing Address:
British Columbia Genealogical Society,
Lansdowne Mall,
P.O. Box 88054
Richmond, BC, CANADA, V6X 3T6