Programs-FamHistDayWelcome 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!

 

What's Happening?

May Meeting: "Resources at the Bucks County Courthouse"

The program for our May meeting will feature Donald Petrille Jr., Esq., Register of Wills of Bucks County, who will talk about the probate and other records held by his office and available for searching, as well as the status of the plan to digitize those records. 

The May meeting will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the David Library of the American Revolution.  See our Calendar of Events for more details.

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Database Update

The BCGS searchable database, available to all visitors to this site, is continuing to be updated, now containing over 159,000 Bucks County names.  In addition to the birth, marriage and death registrations which were the first records making up the database, we have recently added obituaries from the Souderton Independent newspaper (1890-1932) and the Bucks County Intelligencer (1804-1835), as well as marriage notices published in the Quakertown Free Press (1902-1932).   The next record group to be added will be obituaries from the Quakertown Free Press (1880-1932).  A new feature just added is the ability to attach (members only) and view (all visitors) comments about a particular record in the database. You can begin your search from here or click on the "Search the BCGS Database" link from the menu.

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Cemetery Project

Almost 60 of the approximately 250 cemeteries we have identified in Bucks County have been claimed by volunteers, but that leaves nearly 200 still waiting for a volunteer who is willing to gather information about them.  We are preparing the collected information to present on the website, but need to fill in the gaps so that that our Cemetery page can be a comprehensive resource for anyone researching their Bucks County ancestors.  Please visit our Cemetery Project page and find a cemetery (or two) that you would like to research.

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Members-Only Section

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.

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Member Benefits

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.

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Stay in touch

Add your name to our email list by completing our contact form here.

Looking for a Speaker?

126The 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.

If you know of an organization which might be interested in this presentation, please contact Chris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Mission Statement

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!!