Welcome to the new Bucks County Genealogical Society!
The BCGS is a newly formed group of genealogists interested in sharing our passion for researching family history and making a difference in the genealogical community. If you are a genealogist living in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, or researching your ancestry in Bucks County, or would like to learn how to start creating your family tree, please join us!
September Meeting: "Tips and Tricks: Beyond the Basics of Ancestry.com"
Our September program will be a hands-on session at the library of Council Rock North High School, featuring Sabrina Petersen of Ancestry.com. Ms. Petersen's presentation will discuss some advanced techniques for getting the most out of Ancestry.com. The meeting will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014, beginning at 10 am. See our Calendar of Events for more details.
New BCGS Video
Check out this new video by our amazing Director of Publicity, Cathy Ivins, to see how far our organization has come in the last two years!
Bucks County Ancestry Fair 2014
On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the Eighth Annual Bucks County Ancestry Fair will be held at the Bucks County Vistors Center in Bensalem, PA, hosted by the Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau. The Bucks County Genealogical Society will be co-sponsoring this event along with the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. This year's Fair will carry a military theme, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Visit our Ancestry Fair page for details about this year's Ancestry Fair, including a list of exhibitors and a schedule of speakers.
BCGS Tax-Exempt Status Approved
The Bucks County Genealogical Society was recently notified by the Internal Revenue Service that our application for tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code has been approved. That means that our Society is now officially a non-profit 501(c)(3), corporation, and that donations to the Society (not including membership dues) are tax-deductible to the donor, retroactive to January 9, 2012.
The BCGS searchable database, available to all visitors to this site, is continuing to be updated, now containing over 187,000 Bucks County names. In addition to the birth, marriage and death registrations which were the first records making up the database, we have added obituaries from several Bucks County newspapers. The latest additions to the database are a transcription of gravestone inscriptions from Tullytown Cemetery, and baptisms and marriages from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Durham, 1813-1939. You can begin your search from here or click on the "Search the BCGS Database" link from the menu.
Thanks to our volunteer "Graveyard Lady," all the Bucks County cemetery data collected by volunteers so far is now available from the Cemetery Project page, including photos and Google maps. Almost one-half of the 235 cemeteries we have identified have been claimed by volunteers, but that leaves 125 still waiting for a volunteer who is willing to gather information about them. We want to make our Cemetery page a comprehensive resource for anyone researching their Bucks County ancestors. Please visit our Cemetery Project page and find an unclaimed cemetery (or two) that you would like to research.
The Members-Only section of the Bucks County Genealogical Society website is now open! If you are a BCGS member, you can go to the Login page and register to set up your account. Once your registration is confirmed, you will be able to access the members-only menu to:
- Participate in discussion forums to exchange ideas, questions, and suggestions with your fellow members
- View and download files and photos contributed by members, and add your own contributions
- View a list of members' favorite genealogy websites, and contribute your own favorites
- Attach comments to your ancestors' records in the BCGS database
Detailed instructions for setting up your account can be found on the login page.
BCGS members enjoy discounts on subscriptions to GenealogyBank, Fold3, and SavingMemoriesForever, as well as access to our members-only section featuring program handouts and member forums as well as photo and file sharing. Join us to take advantage of these and other benefits of membership.
Stay in touch
Add your name to our email list by completing our contact form here.
Looking for a Speaker?
The Society's President, Christine Roberts, has developed a presentation called "Who Are My Peeps: Six Easy Steps to Starting Your Family History Research." The presentation is targeted toward beginners looking for guidance on how to begin their genealogy research, and includes examples from Chris's own research to make it come alive. Chris hopes to present "Who Are My Peeps?" to various organizations to forward the Society's mission of educating the public about genealogy, and to spread the word about our Society.
There is no charge for the presentation, but donations to BCGS are welcome.
The mission of the Bucks County Genealogical Society is to promote genealogy through education of its members and the general public, to improve access to genealogical information in Bucks County, to foster collaboration among members, and to assist those researching their Bucks County ancestors.
|PLEASE NOTE: The original Bucks County Genealogical Society was formed in 1981, and at its peak had 850 members. In recent years, the original society became inactive. The newly formed Society is a new Non-Profit Pennsylvania Corporation and is not affiliated in any way with the former organization. We'd like to acknowledge the members of the former Society and thank them with deep respect and appreciation for all their hard work spanning decades. They were prolific in their production of books and other tools which Bucks County genealogists will use for years to come, and they are role models for those of us now ready to continue this important work. We salute you!!|