Only 47 days until the 2017 Bucks County Ancestry Fair!

Welcome to the Bucks County Genealogical Society!

 

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The BCGS is a dedicated group of genealogy enthusiasts sharing our passion for researching family history, and working together to make a difference in the genealogical community.  If you are researching your family history, especially in (but not limited to) Bucks County, Pennsylvania, or would like to learn how to start creating your family tree, please join us!

 

 

 

What's Happening?

Next Meeting: September 9, 2017

Our September meeting will be one of our group research sessions, held in the library of Council Rock-North High School in Newtown, where participants are able to use the library's computers to do their own research and consult with others who may be able to offer help .  See our Calendar of Events for more details. 

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 Rosie the Riveter Project

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You can submit your information in either of two ways:

  • Go to our online Rosie the Riveter submission page and fill out the information on your female ancestor; or
  • Click here to print out a paper submission form, fill it out and either email it to Connie Ace at research@bucksgen.org or Joann Cosgrove at projects@bucksgen.org, or mail it to Connie Ace at the address at the bottom of the form.

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Pecha-Kucha Video

BCGS PechaKucha"We're Rooting for You," The Pecha Kucha presentation for beginning genealogists created by Cathy Ivins and Joann Cosgrove, is now available for viewing online.  To view it, go to https://vimeo.com/226055613.

 

 

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Our Heroes: World War I Wall of Honor

ww1To mark the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I, BCGS has constructed a Wall of Honor on our website to honor those who served.  The Wall was unveiled in April 2017, on the 100th anniversary, but we are continuing to update it with additional submissions.  You can still submit your World War I soldier's information along with a copy of the his or her photograph by going to our Wall of Honor Submission Page

 Any questions, please contact Connie Ace at Research@BucksGen.org.

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Ancestry Fair - Save the Date!

The date and location of our 2017 Ancestry Fair are now set!  The Fair will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017, and will once again be presented at the Bucks County Community College, Perkasie Campus.  This location got rave reviews from our visitors last year, with many commenting on the improved layout, with plenty of time and space to eat lunch, visit the vendors, and get to the classes.  It may have been a little further to travel for some, but the consensus seemed to be that it was worth the trip!

The initial list of exhibitors who will have tables at the fair has now been posted at www.ancestryfair.org.  To monitor developments as we announce our keynote speaker, lecturers, and vendors, please check frequently with our Ancestry Fair site.

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Database Update

The BCGS searchable database, available to all visitors to this site, was recently updated, now containing over 364,000 Bucks County names.  The latest additions to the database are:

  • Membership records, confirmations, pastors and church officers from the church records of St. Andrew's Reformed Church, South Perkasie (over 5000 names)
  • 1373 names from baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths reported in Our Parish Record, a publication of several Evangelical Lutheran parishes, between 1890 and 1893
  • 312 names from the burial records of Silverdale Brethren in Christ Cemetery

  You can begin your search from here or click on the "Search the BCGS Database" link from the menu.

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Civil War Diary

DiaryCroppedThe diary of a Bucks County Civil War soldier has been donated to the Bucks County Genealogical Society.  Go to the Civil War Diary page to read about this donation, and view the actual pages of the diary along with a transcription of its contents.

 

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BCGS Genealogy Store

Be sure to visit our new Genealogy Store in the downstairs meeting room.  For sale will be a selection of buttons and magnets, family tree necklaces and earrings, BCGS Polo Shirts, license plates and tote bags.  Click here for a printable flyer about our new Genealogy Store.

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Please consider using http://smile.amazon.com/ when making a purchase on Amazon, and selecting Bucks County Genealogical Society as the organization you are supporting. It does not cost you anything in addition to your purchase, but it gives BCGS a small percentage of the purchase price as a donation! Thanks so much for your support.

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Bucks County Cemetery Slideshow

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Our multi-talented VP of Projects and Cemetery Lady, Joann Cosgrove, has created a beautiful slideshow of photos of Bucks County cemeteries, accompanied by music performed by the Bucks County Women's Chorus.  Click here to view the finished product!

 

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Latest BCGS Video

BCGS2015An updated BCGS video chronicling the progress of BCGS over the last three years has now been created and posted by our amazing Director of Publicity, Cathy Ivins. Check it out to see how far our organization has come!

 

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Cemetery Project Completed!

Congratulations to our VP-projects Joann Cosgrove and her cemetery volunteers!  They have now completed gathering and posting information on all of the known Bucks County cemeteries.  Our Cemetery page can now serve as a comprehensive resource for anyone researching their Bucks County ancestors.  Please visit our Bucks County Cemeteries page to see the outstanding results!

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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.

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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 will have been assigned a user name (normally the beginning part of your email address) and a password.  Once you log in, 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

If you have forgotten your password, go to the login page and click on the "Forgot your password?" link.

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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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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 family history.

 

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!!