KFHS Newsletter

Kamloops Family History Society

May 21, 2023

Hello Members,

This month will be our last meeting of the season, and what an exciting year it has been, with the development of the new website, and the support of the membership with present and future programs.  Looking forward to our road trip on September 16  to Kelowna, and to Claire Smith-Burns' presentation at our September 28 meeting at Heritage House!

It has been suggested by Ashley that our website Membership List could include the Surnames and Countries you are researching.  If you would like us to add these, please send the updated details to

A big thank you to Kelowna & District Genealogical Society for inviting us to partake in Mary Kercher Roddy's webinar on Spreadsheets 101:  Excel-lence in Genealogy.  Here are some comments from some of our attending members:

Helen's comments - Mary’s spreadsheet presentation was very informative and easy to follow for someone who has never used spreadsheets. A great way to keep track of ancestor research. 

Karen's comments - Very interesting. Not only did I learn more on how to use the spreadsheets but the added info on how to use them for genealogy was excellent. Thanks KDGS for the invite, much appreciated.

Marg's comments - Great presentation! The spreadsheet is another tool to organize our family data. Mary's handout is a step by step on how to get started.  I'm going to try it with one branch on my Perry Family Tree. Perhaps at one of our meetings we could share Mary's Notes with a demo of the value of this tool.

Kay's comments via Marg - Mary's presentation was excellent. I really enjoyed it. So, "Kay, do you think we could have, in the fall, an Interest Group to share our knowledge about How to Create a Genealogy  Spreadsheet?"

Lindley's comments - I have been reluctant to use in the past as I didn't understand the use of cells etc. Mary gave me the confidence to start with simple first.  I am now glad to start the process.  Mary's follow-up notes on How To Instructions is very detailed and easy to follow.

  • Linda and Marg will be on holiday June and July. Stay tuned in August for an August bulletin for KFHS September activities.
  • Soon, we will be able to pay our KFHS dues for the year ending August 31, 2024  online through our website. We are currently testing the online payment procedure for e-transfers. When the test is complete, you will be notified of the steps to renew your membership online. 
  • The Family Search Centre will be closed from June 18 to mid September.  Barb will be looking for volunteers for September onwards.
  • May is Asian Heritage month and Canadian Jewish Heritage month
  • Reminder that you can contact another member through the Membership List on our website. You may want to test this by emailing another member just to be sure it's working.

Eggs anyone?  

Debbie McBride has her farm fresh eggs for sale - $6 a dozen.  To order and to arrange for pick up or delivery please email: or call 250-579-9690.

Debbie can also use recycled one dozen egg cartons, so please bring to the picnic if you have some. We will arrange to get them to Debbie.



 Quote of the Month:

"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance."

George Bernard Shaw, British playwright



Picnic at Richmond Park • Saturday, May 27 • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Please join us for our last meeting before the fall.  We have extended an invitation to the participants of the KALS presentation of "Road Map to Finding your Ancestors".  Hopefully some of these people will be able to join us at the picnic.  Please bring your lunch and lawn chair.  Dessert and juice beverages will be provided.  Be prepared for casual chatter!  

We would appreciate an RSVP to by May 24 to make sure we have dessert for everyone to enjoy!  


Heritage House

100 Lorne Street, Kamloops BC



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