KFHS Newsletter

Kamloops Family History Society

September 9, 2023

Special Newsletter

September 2023 Newsletter Submission

Just a reminder that if you have any stories, heritage recipes, a special ancestor find, a fun summer family photo or any other ideas you think our members would enjoy in our September Newsletter, please submit them to by September 14.

2023-2024 KFHS Presentations

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KFHS Breaking News!


GOOD NEWS!  Announcement from the KFHS Management Team!  In Collaboration with the Kelowna Family History Society & the Kamloops Family History Society, Programs and Presentations for 2023-2024 are as follows:

  • The KFHS Management Team has received and accepted an invitation from the Kelowna Family History Society. They would like to open all their Presentation meetings to our KFHS members for a fee of $200. This fee would give our members 8 Zoom Presentations.
  • Kelowna is investing over $1,000 in fees. This would be an excellent deal with our investment of $200, which is very affordable as we have a budget of $500 for speakers.
  • We have 18 of our members who have previously joined us on Zoom and 4 members who are "maybe joiners".  For members not on Zoom, we could, at our Regular meeting, have a Round Table to share our valuable feedback.
  • Here's an idea - perhaps our members joining Zoom could invite those members not comfortable on Zoom to join them for the Presentation.
  • Registration instructions to follow via email.

Monday, September 11, 2023
Presenters:  Jean Buchanan & John Moran of LAC (FREE)
Using the new Library & Archives Canada Website
Bite-size: What are the KDGS SIGs? (Special Interest Groups) and announcing our new Genealogy Writing SIG

Jeannie Buchanan Breit:  Jeannie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, French and Political Science from Simon Fraser University and a Library and Technology Diploma from Langara College. After working in public libraries for many years, she has been an Orientation and Archival Technician at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) since 2014. She works on various projects that involve helping the public access LAC resources and describing records by creating finding aids.  She especially enjoys genealogy related questions and tackling archival mysteries.

John Moran: John Moran holds a Master’s degree in Archival Studies, specializing in Archives and Records Management from the University of British Columbia (UBC) iSchool. Before joining Library and Archives Canada (LAC), John worked as an Archivist at UBC for the University Archives. There, he spent three years preserving, arranging and describing a diverse range of materials, from rare textual to digital-born records. John currently serves as a Reference Archivist for the Access and Services Branch at LAC. In this role, he plays a crucial part in helping researchers, historians, and the public access and interpret the vast collections housed within LAC.

Monday October 2, 2023
Presenter:  Janice Nickerson (Fee $150 CAD)
Pre-Confederation Research in Ontario, Canada West & Upper Canada

  Janice Nickerson is a professional genealogist with over 30 years of research experience. Her expertise includes Upper Canadian history, criminal justice records, fur trade history, turning bare bones genealogies into full-fledged family histories, and finding fun ways to share family history finds.
In addition to helping her private clients discover the richness of their ancestral heritage, Janice does searches for provincial Public Trustees, writes and lectures on a variety of genealogical topics. Janice is a proud 8th-generation Canadian, with English, German, Irish, Welsh and Aboriginal heritage.

Monday Nov 6, 2023 Kelowna Zoom
Presenter:   Glenn Wright
The War of 1812-1815 Sources for Family History Research
Plus a Bite Size Presentation How the British 3rd Battalion Militia Blew a Hole in My Brick Wall

Glenn Wright was born and educated in Toronto, ON. Following graduation from the University of Toronto, he worked as a researcher for Pierre Berton before joining the Public Archives of Canada in 1975. During his public service career that spanned more than 30 years, Glenn has worked as an archivist, historical research officer and, for many years, assistant historian with the RCMP. Retired since 2006, he is a frequent speaker at family history and genealogical events, with a special interest in Canadians who served in the Great War. Glenn has also been associated with television programs such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” , “Ancestors in the Attic”, and “Engraved on a Nation.”
He has published widely in family history, genealogical and historical magazines and journals. Glenn is also the author of Canadians at War, 1914-1919: A Research Guide to World War I Service Records (Global Genealogy, 2010) and Controversy, Compromise and Celebration: The History of Canada's National Flag (Historical Society of Ottawa, 2017).
Glenn has been actively involved with the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa for many years and served as the Society's President from 2010 to 2014.

Monday January 8, 2024
Presenter:  Jeannie Vance (Fee $50 CAD)
Family Search Be a Power User
Bite Size: Presentism in Genealogy

Jeannie Vance began researching her own family in England, Scotland, Canada, and the USA over 45 years ago. She has researched many of her lines into the 1700’s. She has assisted others with their research for the past 15 years. She was the director of the Surrey BC Family History Centre for ten years and was only recently released. She enjoys teaching classes and helping others learn how about their ancestors.

Monday February 5, 2024
Presenter:  Cyndi Ingles (Fee $250 USD)
Getting the Most out of Ancestry
Bite Size: Intranet Archives and the Wayback Machine

Owner, webmaster of Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, a categorized index to more than 337, 000 on-line resources. A genealogist for more than 40 years, she is an active member of several genealogical societies. Guest lecturer for genealogical society meetings and seminars. ( Author of a three books for genealogical research on the Internet.

Program Content for March, April and May will be featured in our January 2024 Newsletter

March 4, 2024
Presenter: Helen Smith of Brisbane
'Australia Visualizing Family History'
Bite Size: Peel's Prairie Province Website (Fee $150 AUD)

April 8, 2024
Presenter: Lisa Gorell of California
'Tips for Breaking Brick Walls'
Bite Size: Gravestone Clues (Fee $125 USD)

May 6, 2024
Presenter: Nancy Loe of California
'Think Like An Archivist'
Bite Size: Using Adobe Express for Family History (Fee $125 USD)


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