KFHS Newsletter

Kamloops Family History Society

November 18, 2023

Ho, Ho, Ho! 

Here comes Santa hoping you will able to join us at our Christmas Social on November 23 at 6:30 p.m. as we celebrate the season and also celebrate a KFHS milestone! It was in December 2022 we produced our first KFHS Newsletter.  We would like to thank all our members for your support and help in 2023.  It has been a bit of a learning curve for your webmasters and our members, with many changes and new member benefits.  In 2024 we will continue to build and maintain the website with your appreciated support.  We will not be producing a December Newsletter as Linda and I are taking a break.  Linda will be in England from January 4 to January 14 celebrating her mom's 103rd birthday.  We will produce a January 2024 Newsletter for distribution before our January 25, 2024 meeting. 

So to all . . . . .
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


KFHS Management Meeting:  January 2, 2024 via Zoom at 7:00 p.m.

KFHS Regular Meeting:  Thursday January 25, 2024

  • Kick off the New Year with your 'KFHS Genealogy Helping Hands'
  • If you can, bring your laptop or tablet and be prepared to work in Helping Hands groups
 November 23 Christmas Social         

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*, plus a donation for the local Food Bank. Please bring cash or make your cheque payable to the Kamloops Food Bank.

*NB • We will have the oven on should you need to keep your appetizer warm.

HERE'S AN IDEA - If you are willing to share your favourite appetizer or sweet recipe for future newsletters, please bring a copy with you to the November meeting.

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

The next Management meeting will be Tuesday, January  2, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

 Kamloops Museum and Archives  

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Genealogy 101 - Genealogy in Your Neighbourhood
Join 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.

It would be tremendous if you could help us.  We would like to have 2 or 3 members to act as hosts for these events.

Can you help us?  Please contact Marg Rodgers

2024 KFHS Presentations
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.

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. 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.


 Did you know that Jan and Donna have Research Books for you to borrow?

If you are interested in the following books, please contact Jan via email:

Jan's Books - The first 3 are broad ranging but specific to Canada, and the last 2 are information from Cumberland County, Nova Scotia:

  • Counting Canada A Genealogical Guide to the Canadian Census by Dave Obee
  • Destination Canada A Genealogical Guide to Immigration Records by Dave Obee
  • Lovell’s Gazetteer of British North America 1873 originally published by John Lovell
  • Early Settlers of Cumberland County, Nova Scotia by Cumberland County Genealogical Society
  • Some Cumberland County, Nova Scotia Cemeteries by Susan A. Hill

Does anyone else have research books to share and help you with your research? If so, please contact Linda

Donna's Books - If you are interested in any of the following books, please contact Donna via email.

Germans from Russia:

  • The Emigration From Germany to Russia in the years 1763 to 1862 by Karl Stump
  • Memories of the Black Sea Germans – The Odyssey of a Pioneering People by Joseph S. Height
  • Homesteaders on the Steppe – The Odyssey of a Pioneering People by Joseph S. Height


  • Cradled in Sweden


  • How to Research Your Ukrainian Ancestry in Saskatchewan Finding Your Ukrainian Ancestors by Muryl Andrejciw Gearuy
  • Ukrainian Genealogy by John D. Pikach
  • Galioia and Bukovinia - Historic Sites Services – A Research Handbook About Western Ukraine Late 19th - 20th Centuries by John-Paul Himka


  • A Rural History 1908 – 1978 Voices of Yesteryears - Vilna And District History (2 Volumes) by Hannah North
  • Lone Butte North - A History of Bull Pound, Earltown, Eden, Fraserton, Golden Hill, Lake Rose, Lone Butte, Normandale, Olive, Red Rose


  • In Search of Your European Roots  – A Complete Guide to Tracing your Ancestors in Every Country in Europe by Angus Baxter
  • New Routes to Your Roots – Jewish Genealogy Research in Western Europe, September 17, 1995
Family Search Centre Library and KFHS Cupboard Project Update

We are pleased to announce our FSC Library and KFHS Cupboard Project is well underway.  Barb and I worked on the cupboard reorganizing our Education material, cleaning out and putting the contents into Banker boxes. Barb has gone through the Educational material stored at her home, and we will now store that material in our cupboard.  We have labelled the existing Banker boxes and will complete the Inventory List for each box.

Barb, Rose and I met at the FSC on November 18 to assess the contents of their Library.
Once this is completed, we plan to add the FSC Book and Reference Material List to our website under Genealogy Toolbox.  This addition to the site will give our members the opportunity to view the list and, if they find interesting material, they can visit the FSC and view the books and research material.

Our focus for Spring 2024 is 'Member Research Education'.  We kick off the New Year with our meeting on January 25  'Helping Hands'.   Here is your opportunity to go through and recycle some of your books, magazines and research material. Bring it along to the January 25 meeting, and your recycled treasure may be helpful for other members.

Many thanks from Marg and Barb

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

KFHS Website New Additions & Updates

  • New GenBlasts
  • BCGS Newsletters
  • Family Search printable forms (Under Genealogy Toolbox)
  • Updated Financial Report
  • Journal Exchange:  Abbotsford, Quesnel and more
  • Calendar Update:  The KFHS Volunteer Schedule for the Family Search Centre is now listed under Members Only Calendar

Great Flight on October 26 with the
KFHS Flock of Geese!

Celebrating how far KFHS has come and where we plan to go in 2024.  To those who attended, many thanks for your feedback and participation.  There were lots of fun moments as our Pilot had to be called with a reminder that the 'passengers' were ready for take off!!!

Our thanks to Barb and the FSC volunteers, Kate, Karen, Kay and Al, for providing 'Stopover'
research entertainment for our new members, Pam Stokes and Brian Comerford.

We would agree, after flying with the Geese, that working together as a team is more successful than working by yourself.  For our Spring 2024 meetings Barb and her team will be available at our meetings to help our members with Family Research.  Your Webmasters will be available to guide you through the research material on the website. 

Congratulations to Pam and Brian, the winners of the Scavenger Hunt!  Brian and Pam kindly donated their winnings to the Food Bank.



L-R:  Kate, Pam, Brian, Karen                                 L-R:  Kate, Barb, Pam, Brian, Karen & Kay


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