Only 78 days until the 2016 Bucks County Ancestry Fair!

Welcome to the Bucks County Genealogical Society!

 

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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!

 

 

 

What's Happening?

Next Meeting: September 10 - Back 2 School 4 Genealogy

 For our next meeting, on September 10, we will be making our popular annual visit to Council Rock High School North, where we can work together using the Library computers or our own, and help each other with our brick walls.  See our Calendar of Events for more details.

Remember: Our September meeting will not be on our usual date or at our usual place!

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2016 Ancestry Fair - Exciting News!

judyrussellpicPlans are well underway for our 2016 Ancestry Fair, scheduled for November 12, 2016 at the Bucks County Community Collage, Upper Bucks campus in Perkasie.  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 at the Fair.  Please visit our Ancestry Fair website, www.ancestryfair.org for the latest on our annual event.

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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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Database Update

The BCGS searchable database, available to all visitors to this site, is continuing to be updated, now containing over 339,000 Bucks County names.  The latest additions to the database are:

  • Burials at Neshaminy Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Hartsville, 1731-1876
  • Gravestone transcriptions from Bethlehem A.M.E. Church, Langhorne

  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 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 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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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!!