KFHS Newsletter

Kamloops Family History Society

August 20, 2023

Hope you are all enjoying our summer, despite the smoke from our wildfires!


Kick off your September research with a visit to the BCGS Website! CLICK HERE

As an Affiliate Member, KFHS Members receive the following benefits:

  1. Receive a copy of the quarterly British Columbia Genealogist e-Journal
  2. Receive a copy of the monthly e-Newsletter
  3. Receive the weekly GenBlasts (Please note that we receive and upload the BCGS E-Journal under Exchange Journals on our website.  You can also see BCGS Newsletters and GenBlast under Members Only)
  4. Affiliate societies are ‘advertised’ on our BCGS Website, to encourage researchers to make contact with these groups
  5. Affiliates can advertise or promote any of their projects, through notices or articles in the British Columbia Genealogist e-Journal or in the e-Newsletter
  6. Affiliate societies and their members are welcome to join in any BCGS projects
  7. Members of Affiliate societies: 
    (a) will receive BCGS member pricing to any BCGS sponsored seminars or events
    (b) can submit articles to either the Newsletter or Journal
    (c) are welcome to attend any Coffee Chats via Zoom
    (d) are welcome to attend the monthly BCGS General Meetings via Zoom
    (e) have access to and can research in the BCGS library for free (non-members pay a $5.00 daily research fee)


Welcome September with some FREE BCGS Education: 
Genealogy - The Next Step

When you have learned how to find birth, marriage, death, and census records, what’s the next step in your genealogy research? This 5-week course will focus on in-depth research tips and techniques, particularly pre-civil registration dates. Whether you can spend 20 minutes a day, or hours and hours, you will learn more efficient and effective ways to research. Presented by Celia Lewis and Eunice Robinson, two genealogists from the British Columbia Genealogical Society

Fall 2023 - Our Fall Dates are set!!!  Free for our KFHS Members

Our 5 week Fall course will begin Monday, September 11 (Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2 & 16 [Oct 9 skipped for Thanksgiving]

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. via Zoom


FREE for BCGS and Affiliate Society Members:  Register at Education — BCGS

Contact if you have questions.  To be added to a Waitlist for future 'Genealogy for Beginners' or 'The Next Step' classes, please email your name and contact details to

September 16, 2023

Kelowna Road Trip - Saturday, September 16, 2023 - Suggested Itinerary

Notes: Research Plan before we visit

Would you like a copy of the current Library Catalogue? Claire suggested we email her with our research interests and if you would like some assistance from their “Genealogists in Residences” (they can then ensure that they have GIRs on-hand who have expertise to suit our members. For example, they have a well-known expert on Eastern European genealogy). We would like to get this info to Claire by September 4.

September 16, 2023

  • Leave Kamloops at 7:15 a.m. We can carpool. (Muster location to be determined)
  • Arrive at the downtown Kelowna Library, 1360 Ellis Street, at 10 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m. – park in the Library Parkade adjacent to the Library – it is usually free on Saturdays)
  • Members of the KDGS will be there to greet you and they will have coffee/tea ready (they will take a pre-order from our group)
  • The KDGS will give you a tour of their KDGS Family & Local History Resource Centre located on the 2nd floor of the Library
  • The KDGS will have a round-table discussion with you regarding what they do in the community, our society and services, etc.
  • Around 11:45 a.m. we walk over to a restaurant (they will have a reservation in place) for a no host lunch
  • After lunch, return to the Library and you will then be free to do some research; as well, GIRs will be there to assist people in the afternoon
  • If doing research, it is suggested to bring your own laptop or tablet in order to log onto the Library’s Ancestry or FamilySearch Affiliate accounts
  • Leave Kelowna at 2:30 p.m.

Presentation in person by Claire Smith-Burns

at KFHS September 28, 2023 meeting  

Social time:  6:30 p.m.  Meeting:  7 - 9:00 p.m.

"Organizing your Online Research and Digital Files"

One of the biggest concerns most genealogists have is how to organize their paper and digital files. We will look at organizational ideas, from keeping Research and Correspondence Logs to best ways to download and organize digital files, to using genealogical software to link your paper and digital research files. A good filing system will allow you to easily put your fingers on your family history documents.


The Public will be invited to join us by donation only.

Claire Smith-Burns

Genealogical Research & Educator

1490 Appleridge Road, Kelowna, BC, Canada V1W 3A5

Phone:  1-250-764-5188


Claire Smith-Burns became intrigued with family history in her teen-years and has been happily involved in genealogical research since then. Her long experience with Canadian, British and Dutch records has been influenced by her educational background in anthropology (Universities of British Columbia and Victoria) and career in museum and archival management.  Claire has been active with genealogy societies across Canada and has many years’ experience in designing and implementing educational programs, workshops and conferences. In 1999, she attended a three-week genealogy study tour in England through Samford University, Alabama. Claire has also completed several courses through the BYU Family History program. She has led six research trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and organized ten “Harvest Your Family Tree” conferences for the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society. These conferences were some of the largest genealogy events held in Western Canada. Claire has published several articles in Canadian genealogy journals and was awarded the Marion Keffer Prize by the Ontario Genealogical Society in 2002 for best original article. Currently, Claire is Vice-president of the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and is the Online Parish Clerk for three parishes in Dorset, England.  In her other life, Claire manages her husband’s international safety consulting company, enjoys hiking and spends countless hours in her garden in Kelowna, British Columbia.


Deb McBride has tomatoes for sale. Perfect for eating or canning!  Please contact Deb directly if you are interested:

  FHS Fees due August 31st.  We are encouraging all our members to renew 2023-2024 Registration online where you can now select your payment options.  Thanks, as we appreciate your support!

Management Meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


6:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Social Time
7:00 p.m. – Meeting 'Welcome Back'

                • Roundtable 'It's Question Time'

                • Team Reports

Treasurer - Jan; Membership/Journal - Lindley;  Website - Linda;
Program/Events -  Marg; Journal Exchange - Donna;  Social Convenor - Helen;  KSC Volunteers/Education - Barb;  Interest Groups - Kay

                • Secretary – Temporary replacement

                • Meeting Plan for September 28, 2023

                • Update on Kelowna Road Trip

8:30 p.m. - Adjourn
Members are more than welcome to join our Zoom meeting.   Email and we will send you the invitation. 

Family Search Centre September Opening

Many thanks to our members that volunteer their time at the Family Search Centre. The Centre will open:

  • Tuesday, September 19 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 21 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 23 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (September only)

Please contact Barb at or give her a call with your availability.


We welcome your stories, heritage recipes, a special ancestor find, a fun summer family photo and any other ideas you think our members would enjoy.  Any questions:





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100 Lorne Street, Kamloops BC



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