KFHS Newsletter

Kamloops Family History Society

September 20,  2023

Welcome to another Kamloops Family History Society season of "Genealogy In Your Neighbourhood".  You don't want to miss our first meeting on September 28, as we welcome Claire Smith Burns, our Guest Presenter from Kelowna.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: We are requesting an RSVP from our Members for this Event by Monday, September 25. To 'Save Your Seat' please email Marg at The Public has been invited and we want to ensure we have proper seating. Thank you.


Our Guest Speaker for the September 28 meeting is
Claire Smith Burns

6:00: Setup
6:30: Doors Open
7:00: Welcome & Presentation
8:00: Refreshment Break
8:15 to 8:45: Round Table Questions with Claire
9:00: Clean Up

A social evening for all to enjoy!

We had a blast on our Road Trip to Kelowna!

Here is some of our Members' feedback:

Marg Rodgers: “The best part was meeting the members of the Kelowna Society and sharing ideas and stories. Claire helped me by finding a death record of my Great Great Grandfather.”

Margaret MacDonald: "They have an amazing team and it was fun to meet them all, so knowledgeable, so accommodating and so hardworking!"

Chrissy Beaudry: “My trip to the Library in Kelowna was very friendly and knowledgeable, especially how to access the benefits from different resources of information on family history research."

Karen Collins:  "Enjoyable Day!! Nice to see so many Kelowna members out to greet us."

Kay Mihalech:  "It was a lovely day to visit with the Kelowna group."

Barb Pillar:  "I enjoyed the Kelowna Road trip! It was fun to meet new like minded people.
They have such a large membership base it makes sense to seek to work with this amazing group."


  • If you haven't already done so, please pay your KFHS dues for 2023/2024 online. For instructions, please refer to our July 2023 Newsletter.
  • Remember that if you want to participate in the upcoming 6 Kelowna & Zoom presentations starting this October, Members will be required to be paid up by October 1, 2023


Check out new Exchange Journals for Saskatchewan, Shropshire, UK, Campbell River, the Alberta Chinook and Britain's Genealogists' Magazine! Under Resources please check out the Library & Archives Canada under Canada.  We've also uploaded our latest Financial Report from Jan.

    We recently had a visitor from Spain on our website! We received this email request from our KFHS Website

I'm so glad I found you. I'm doing some research and hoping to find more information about my daughter's ancestors who lived in (sic) a ranch in Kamloops called The Colbrooke Ranch, also known as The George Ranch.
It seemed to be a large property that disappeared at some point in history due to a flooding. I am from Spain and I'm going to be in the area next week.
I have photographs and news pieces with more information about the property, I would love to find the way to discover its original location.
Thank-you, Voletia Solis-Fuertes

Lindley and I met Violetia at the KMA and, together with Jaime the Archivist, we all looked at the photos she had. Our first thought was it possibly could be in the Knutsford area. Lindley went to the bookcase and retrieved 'Bunch Grass to Barbed Wire', opened the cover and there we found the Map 1900-1915. Within minutes we found the location of the George Ranch. Violetia was overjoyed, and now we have a new friend in Spain!


George Farm


Violetia & Jaime


Violetia, Marg & Lindley

Qualicum Beach Family History Society and Campbell River Genealogy Society
are pleased to invite all our members to two Zoom presentations by
two outstanding speakers on
Saturday 4 November, 2023
Zoom opens at 9:00 a.m.
Presentations at 
9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.


Registration:  email
This presentation is FREE for QBFHS members. Non-members please e-transfer $10 to

Here's an idea for a Christmas gift! 

Create your own calendar for 2024 with photos of your ancestors.  There are many websites you can use to create them easily, e.g., 



German & Dutch Translators Needed!

Wilf Froese, of ideaLever, has a client who will be booking tours for Dutch and German tourists coming to Kamloops in the Spring of 2024.   If you know anyone who speaks Dutch or German and would be willing to help him as a translator, please contact Marg at

Let's have some fun!

In October, watch for details of our Scavenger Hunt, searching and scavenging for information on our KFHS website. Prizes will be awarded! 


Heritage House

100 Lorne Street, Kamloops BC



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