KFHS Newsletter

Kamloops Family History Society

October 16, 2023

Welcome to October
The month of Halloween

Did you know?

It wasn't until the massive influx of Irish and Scottish immigrants in the mid-1800s that Halloween celebrations were introduced to Canada. The first recorded instance in North America of children dressing in disguise on Halloween was in Vancouver, BC, in 1898.


The first scary photo!


KFHS Regular Meeting - October 26
Flight Plan!

Welcome to YHS - Heritage House Airport!

6:30 - Check in and pick up your Boarding Pass
7:00 – 8:00 – Fasten your Seatbelt 'Flying with Linda & Marg'
8:00 – 8:15 – Refreshments
8:15 – 8:45 – Landing back at YHS, Tips & Tools, Travel Feedback, Lessons from the Geese. Scavenger Hunt Winner Draw
8:45 – 9:00 – Clean up the Airport


Be a Scavenger Hunt Winner on October 26

  • Search the website and find the Answers
  • Bring your answers to the meeting on October 26
  • Funk and Wagnall will audit your answers
  • If you achieve 100%, your name will go into a draw for $30 Gift Card to the Grocery Store of your choice.
Kamloops Museum and Archives

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Genealogy 101 - Genealogy in Your Neighbourhood
Join the KMA Archivist and the Kamloops Family History Society to learn about exploring you family history, genealogical research and the treasures you can discover in the Archives. The workshop Will explore best Research practices with a grounding in archival materials from the KMA.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Family Genealogy Tree - Ages 5 to 12
Join the Kamloops Family History Society to explore you Family History while making a crafted Family Tree. We invite families to come prepared with some information about their family history. Parental participation is required, and all materials will be provided. Registration is not required.

Can you help us?  We would like to have 2 or 3 members to act as hosts for these events.

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


Have you registered yet?

Please note we are pleased to offer the KFHS members free admission to these meetings but you must pre-register using the special code: KAM#7#8 (please do not share this special code with anyone who is not a paid-up member of the KFHS). As a KFHS Paid up Member by Oct 1 you can now register for the upcoming 2023-2024 Kelowna Zoom presentations. Oct 2, Nov 6, Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 4, Apr 8, and May 6.

First step, when you click to register, is NO you are not a member of the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society. You can make a selection of the events you would like to join. The code is entered in the Coupon Box. For more Presentation content, log onto our Website and view the Members only Calendar or refer to the KFHS September Special Newsletter.


  • Be sure to always check out our Affiliate BCGS Newsletters and various Exchange Journals on our KFHS website.
  • Our thanks to Mary Read for including two articles and photos in the Kelowna's Okanagan Researcher Volume 40 No. 1 Kamloops Road Trip to Kelowna and Claire's visit to Kamloops.

Let's welcome our New Members:

Phyllis Thompson
Kim & Bernie Jensen
Kathleen Bennett Beasley
Pam Stokes & Brian Comerford

As Remembrance Day approaches, we take time to remember our Ancestors and to share the stories of our descendants who fought for our freedom.
A treasured 107 year old envelope returned to my mother, Jessie Perry, stamped with 'Killed in Action'. Remembering a sad moment in her life.  [Marg Rodgers]



Lindley needs your help with articles for our Family Footsteps Journal!

Thinking of writing an article for Family Footsteps? Hooray! We welcome articles on Kamloops and area history and family history, your big breakthroughs or your big brick walls, unusual sources you’ve found, lessons you’ve learned along the way, etc.
Here are a few guidelines to assist you:

Article text: Microsoft Word DOC or DOCX format or RTF is preferred; it can be difficult to extract text from a PDF file. We’ll reformat it using our standard headline and text styles. Please include a title for your article.

Photos: These add immensely to your article! JPG, PNG or TIF formats are preferred. We can do adjustments as necessary: cropping, adjusting colour or exposure, rotating, straightening perspective. Please add captions for photos, including credit where appropriate (e.g., Kamloops Museum & Archives). If you like, you can add a note in the text to indicate approximately where in your article you’d like each photo to appear.

Sources: Please list your sources at the end. Meticulously-formatted citations aren’t necessary, just enough information to enable a reader to locate the source for themselves.
Please email your article with the text and photos as separate attachments. We’ll send you a formatted PDF draft of your article so you can proofread it before the journal is published.

Questions? Email the Editor of Family Footsteps at


Please note that our next regular meeting is Thursday, November 23.

As this will be our Christmas meeting, please bring your favourite dessert or appetizer for us to share. 

Set up at 6:30 p.m.  Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

The next Management meeting will be Tuesday, November 7 via Zoom.


Heritage House

100 Lorne Street, Kamloops BC



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