Welcome to the Bucks County Genealogical Society!
The BCGS is a 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!
Next Meeting: Scrapbooking your Family Tree
Our March 2016 program will feature a presentation by Marge Farbman with advice and solutions for organizing and sharing your family photos. See our Calendar of Events for more details.
2016 Ancestry Fair - Exciting News!
Plans are already underway for our 2016 Ancestry Fair, scheduled for November 12. While many details have yet to be worked out, including the venue, we have exciting news to report. Judy Russell, the "Legal Genealogist," will be our keynote speaker for the Fair! Judy will also present two lecture sessions, the topics of which have not yet been determined. Watch this space for updates as the planning continues.
Civil War Diary
The 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.
BCGS Genealogy Store
Beginning with our December 2015 monthly meeting, 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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Bucks County Cemetery Slideshow
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!
Latest BCGS Video
An 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!
The BCGS searchable database, available to all visitors to this site, is continuing to be updated, now containing over 320,000 Bucks County names. In addition to the civil birth, marriage and death registrations which were the first records making up the database, we have added extracts of notices from 7 Bucks County newspapers, church records from 11 Bucks churches and ministers, and gravestone transcriptions and burial records from 20 Bucks County cemeteries. The latest additions to the database are:
- over 1,600 names from baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths recorded in Our Parish Record, a booklet published by a group of Evangelical Lutheran congregations in Richlandtown, Trumbauersville, Franconia, and Zion Hill
- a list of gravestone transcriptions from the East Swamp Mennonite cemetery
- gravestone transcriptions from the Penns Park United Methodist Church Cemetery
- gravestone transcriptions from several small family cemeteries in Bucks County
You can begin your search from here or click on the "Search the BCGS Database" link from the menu.
Our cemetery project has made great progress under the leadership of VP-projects Joann Cosgrove. We now have photos of almost all the Bucks County cemeteries. And 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. A majority of the 205 cemeteries on our list have been claimed by volunteers, and most have collected and submitted the data, but there are still about 46 cemeteries 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.
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 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.
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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.
If you know of an organization which might be interested in this presentation, please contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!!|