KFHS Newsletter

Kamloops Family History Society

February 18, 2024

Welcome to February:  the 'Month of Hearts'

Linda and I would like to welcome you to a new format for the Newsletter. For some time we have had concern about the amount of time it takes to format and produce the Newsletter each month. On our Zoom Management Team meeting  February 6, we asked the Team this question, "What do you think is the purpose of the Newsletter?" After some discussion we agreed the main purpose was Reminders and the Meeting Agenda. We now have the following headings:  Upcoming KFHS Meetings and Events, Upcoming BCGS Events, Other Upcoming Events and What's New on the Website Project Updates. The headings will be flexible, depending on required reminders. What can you do to support the Newsletter content?  For example, you can re-visit the Newsletter by going to the website.

Enjoy our New BITS & PIECES feedback from our Members
at the bottom of this Newsletter


Reminder:  KFHS Meeting on February 22, 2024

Meeting Agenda and Activities
‘Looking Back and Going Forward’

Members are invited to bring:

For the Rummage Table:
Family History research material you want to dispose of like books, magazines, education material, etc.  Leftovers will be recycled. The City will now recycle hardcover books.

For the My Family History Display Table:
Your photo albums, scrapbooks, published books or binders you are using to hold your Family History and Research.

Questions for the Education Table:
Our KFHS Family Search Centre volunteers will be there to help you with your research. Have you hit a brick wall or do you need a little extra help?

Website Questions for           Marg and Linda
Researching the Member Resources

At 6:00 p.m. we will be at Heritage House to set up, and, if you are able to join us, your help would be appreciated.

 6:30 - 7:00 Social Time
 7:00 - 7:15 Marg - Welcome and Strangers in A Box
 7:15 - 7:30 Linda - Meet my Mom 
 7:30 - 7:45 Marg - Roxy’s stories from the Family Footsteps Journals Archive (April 1993 & May 1998)
 7:45 – 8:00 Marg & Al - Starting Your Story: A Biographical Outline
 8:00 - 8:15 Break 
 8:15 - 8:45 Visit and rummage around the tables
 8:45 - 9:00 Clean up with many thanks


Reminder: MARCH KELOWNA PRESENTATION (Free for our KFHS members)
Monday, March 4, 2024, 7pm – Zoom log on open 6:40pm
Note:  Unfortunately, Helen Smith had to cancel and they were able to have Mark as a replacement.

Mark Thompson is a professional genealogist and the Vice President of the Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS). He is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. On top of his lifelong love of photography, Mark has inherited thousands of historic photographs from family members. He loves researching his own photo-collection as well as helping his clients preserve, catalog and research their own photo collections. Mark consults and speaks regularly on a wide range of genealogy-related topics, although specializes in DNA research and personal family archives. To see what Mark is working on these days, check out his blog at

Bite-size: Peel’s Prairie Provinces, presenter KDGS member, Beverley Brooks

Have you registered yet?  For instructions on how to register, please refer to our January newsletter under Upcoming Events.

Reminder: KFHS Annual General Meeting - Thursday, March 28, 2024
•  Management Team Reports for the Annual General Meeting Report are due March 15.
•  Please send your reports to Marg.
•  We will be sending out a Notice for the upcoming AGM. Stay tuned.
•  You will receive an AGM Notice of Meeting on March 6 in preparation for our Annual General Meeting on March 28.

Reminder: Family Day Feb 19th at TCC
Many thanks to Lindley, Al, Karen and Barb for volunteering to help. We will be there from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, so if you are out and about, you are welcome to stop by for a visit. A great event for your grandchildren to enjoy.


Friday, February 23, 2024 - 10 am to 12 noon

Join The Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor, and learn how to date and place old family photos. This event is presented by Surrey Libraries in partnership with the Museum of Surrey and the BCGS.
This event is FREE and is Online only. Registration is required. To register call 604-598-7328 or email:


February 29 - March 2, 2024
Everyone has a story that is worth remembering. Watch as ordinary, everyday people come to recognize the real value of their story through relationships with loved ones, and the enduring legacy of humankind.

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.

Online:   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.
• Explore the Expo Hall online, and discover new products, technology, and exclusive RootsTech deals.
• Listen and watch inspiring keynote speakers on the main stage.
• Be connected to millions of other people from around the world, and have the opportunity to chat with them online.
Join RootsTech Online for FREE!

RootsTech reminder. Have you registered?  If you register, you will receive an email to choose your schedule and you can book your schedule.

To create your schedule, go to Plan Your RootsTech 2024 Schedule (

  • To access the 2024 Schedule, scroll down and choose Session type "Online"
  • Then scroll through Thursdays Sessions and click +Schedule on any sessions you want to attend on line
  • Next, scroll through Friday and Saturday Sessions, adding any sessions you want to register for in the same manner
  • When finished, click on My Schedule for each day to see all the sessions you chose. Your selections will stay
    on My Schedule after RootsTech is over so you then can go back to review.



WHAT'S NEW on the Website and Project Updates

Check out our latest Exchange JournalsBCGS GenBlasts and BCGS Feb 2024 Newsletter. Please note we upload the weekly BCGS GenBlast every Friday

Following the two recent Kelowna presentations this month, we have now added new links to our Member Resources, including a FREE WEBSITES section.

New FSC Library Project Update (Marg & Barb)

This project started with Barb and I in the KFHS Cupboard at Heritage House. Going through the Educational material we determined to make more room by moving some of the books to the FSC Library. The last FSC inventory of the books and other material was done in 2005. Needless to say, there have been a lot of changes since then. Chatting with Rose Ingram, we suggested that this would be a good time to update the inventory. Thanks to Barb, as she has just about completed the two cupboards, and the photos below show us on the last shelf of Local History Books. We still have a lot of work to do to update the 2005 Inventory Booklet.
This was my first real look at the Library and discovered it is a "gold mine for family research". Perhaps once finished, and with permission from Rose, we could have a Library Open House Event for our members. We could include a Social Tea and Treats. It would be a great opportunity for our members to share and compare. Would you be interested? Stay tuned.....   Marg and Barb



This month the question is: What did you learn from attending Cyndi Ingles' Presentation 'Accessing Ancestry'? From Cyndi's handout we have added many of her recommended research sites under Member Resources.

Linda C - I learned how to effectively use the card catalogue on Also, the importance of keeping research notes so you don't repeat your searches!

Marg - I have now pledged to myself, after listening to Cyndi, about keeping research notes as you search. Over the years I have wasted so much time because I go back to search for something that I had already searched months ago and already have the record. Now, each time I search, I make a note on my computer app Notes. A great tip from Xenia Sanford on the brief history of the Internet and where it all began in 1983.

Connie - I learned I have a lot to learn!!!

Barb - There was a lot of information on Ancestry I didn't know was there!!

Karen - I have been to many Family History Conferences and enjoyed Cyndi's presentations.  I have always learned something new from Cyndi.

Kim - I now have a better understanding of Ancestry and the information available especially Source information.

Kathleen - I found the Zoom presentation & material provided very resourceful and was impressed with the abundant information & resources that were available to access.

Many thanks to our Members for their Bits & Pieces feedback


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100 Lorne Street, Kamloops BC



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