KFHS Newsletter

Kamloops Family History Society

January 20, 2024


January 25, 2024 via ZOOM

Due to weather, the KFHS Meeting will be held via Zoom on January 25
6:30 - 7:00 pm Social Time
7:00 - 8:30 pm Meeting

Please RSVP to Marg at by noon on Monday, January 22

A Zoom invitation will be emailed to attendees on Tuesday, January 23, with program details

Be ready to have some fun and education!

For those members not comfortable on Zoom, the meeting will be recorded and a link will be available from Marg upon request.

Let's start the New Year with a Shared Facebook post from our member Tracy Johnson   

It’s 2024... I'm older but I still have so many unanswered questions!!!! I haven’t found out who let the dogs out, where’s the beef, or how to get to Sesame Street. Don't know why Dora doesn’t just use Google Maps, why all the flavors of fruit loops taste exactly the same, or how many licks does it take to get to the centre of a tootsie pop! Why eggs are packaged in a flimsy carton but batteries are secured in plastic that’s tough as nails? What does the fox say or why “abbreviated” is such a long word? Why is there a D in ‘fridge’ but not in refrigerator, why lemon juice is made with artificial flavor, yet dish-washing liquid is made with real lemons? Or, why they sterilize the needle for lethal injections & why do you have to “put your two cents in” but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”, where’s that extra penny going to? Why does The Alphabet Song & Twinkle Twinkle Little Star have the same tune, why did you just try to sing those two previous songs? And, just what exactly is Victoria’s secret, and where is Waldo? Can you hear me now? And do you really think I am this witty? I actually got this from a friend, who stole it from her brother’s girlfriend’s uncle’s cousin who lived next door to an old classmate’s mailman!!! Now it is your turn to take it from me... Copy & Paste, enjoy your day!!!



There is still time to register!  

Start the New Year off by exploring your Family History with our free monthly Family History Forums hosted by the Okanagan Regional Library and the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society!
Tuesday, January 23rd, 6:30-8:00pm, via Zoom (log on from 6:15pm)
Registration Required (see details below)

Topic: Finding Family at the BC Archives, with Trevor Dyck of the BC Archives, Victoria
Description: This talk will examine the different ways you can conduct genealogical research at the BC Archives, and the diverse types of records we hold that can help you with your research. Some interesting types include institutional records, coroner’s reports, and vital statistics.

About the Speaker: Trevor Dyck is an archivist at the BC Archives in Victoria. He is originally from Winnipeg and moved to Victoria in September. At the BC Archives, Trevor works on community engagement, outreach, programs, and assists with Indigenous records. His interests include archival decolonization, community, and the reconciliation framework. Trevor is looking forward to providing insight into the genealogical holdings at BC Archives, and how the Archives can assist you with this research.

Family History Forums are a partnership presentation series of the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and the Okanagan Regional Library. The topics vary but are typically at the beginner’s level in Family History research. All are welcome to these FREE Zoom presentations, but pre-registration is required through the ORL’s Events Calendar,, scroll down to the fourth Tuesday of the month (no FHF in Dec, July or August), 6:30pm and find, “Online Family History Forum.” Click on the event in the Calendar and follow the instructions. Be sure to enter your email address correctly and watch for the email from the ORL to confirm your registration and the Zoom link. A reminder with the FHF handout will be sent to you shortly before the Forum.

Monday February 5, 2024
Presenter: Cyndi Ingles (Free for KFHS Paid up Members)
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.

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.  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.

Monday, February 19, 2024

On Family Day, the City of Kamloops will transform the Tournament Capital Centre into a festival for families with children of all ages! The 10th Annual Family Day Festival is a free event that will take place on Monday, February 19 (a statutory holiday in BC), from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

We have registered our booth space for 2024.  This is a fun event and in 2023 we had 150 children enjoying the building of their Family Trees. 

For 2024 we need member volunteers to help as Lindley, Linda and Marg were run off their feet in 2023!!  We have the supplies and set up ready to go. We just need some volunteer help. If you would like to join us please email Marg at


Roots Tech 2024 Theme 'Remembering'

Feb. 29 - March 2, 2024

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“Remember” is the theme of RootsTech 2024 and we are on a mission to help inspire people all over the world to remember and share the precious moments and people that shape their lives.


For all those who choose to participate online, RootsTech is offered around the world, FREE. What you can expect from the virtual side of RootsTech:

• Learn from hundreds of live and on-demand classes.
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Join RootsTech Online for FREE!   




KFHS Christmas Social 

Many thanks to our members for the delicious buffet treats!  We enjoyed the comfort of the couches and comfy chairs while having fun doing a couple of quizzes. We divided into teams and each team chose between a Christmas quiz or a Genealogy Place Names quiz. They all went for the Christmas quiz. Our photographer apologizes to the 'Smart Team' Donna, Kim and Bernie for not taking their photo!

Winners of the Door Prize poinsettias were Connie, Donna, Kim and Bernie.

Many thanks to our generous members for the $505.00 collected donation for the Kamloops Food Bank!




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