British Columbia Genealogical Society
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BRITISH COLUMBIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
Arms : Azure on a pile reversed Argent between two keys wards in base above two bars wavy Or, a Douglas fir eradicated Azure
Motto: FINDING THE KEYS TO OUR PAST
The arms were officially granted on May 15, 2017.
Blue, white and gold are the emblematic colours of the British Columbia Genealogical Society. The waves represent the many rivers and lakes of British Columbia, as well as the surrounding sea. The white triangle evokes the mountains of the province. The keys are found in the current emblem of the Society and are modelled after an 18th century key from the time that Captain George Vancouver explored and mapped areas of British Columbia. They symbolize the idea of unlocking the past and unlocking knowledge. The Douglas Fir is the iconic tree of British Columbia. It also alludes to a family tree.
The motto reinforces the symbolism of the keys in the arms, and highlights the society’s aim to research and preserve British Columbia’s genealogical heritage.
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