KFHS Newsletter

Kamloops Family History Society

March 24, 2024

Due to the KFHS Bylaws, Article 8 Meetings, TEN (10) Voting members shall constitute a Quorum.
Please RSVP to with a YAY or a NAY by noon Monday, March 25, to confirm your attendance. 
Many thanks from the Management Team.

In March there are two special birth flowers: daffodils and jonquils. Daffodils stand for rebirth, new beginnings, joy and creativity, while jonquils, a kind of daffodil, represent starting fresh and being strong.  If you know someone with a birthday in March, consider getting them a daffodil arrangement to celebrate the arrival of spring!

With the approaching KFHS AGM on March 28, the KFHS Management Team is looking forward to the 2024-2025 termWe thank our members for their support, help and guidance, which is very much appreciated, with the hope the upcoming term will be a Daffodil Bouquet of symbolism.

It is with much regret that we inform our Members of the passing of Kay's husband, Joe, who passed away peacefully on March 8 at the Hospice with his family beside him.  Our heartfelt condolences and sympathy go out to Kay and her family.


Reminder: March 28 2024Meeting Agenda
6:30 - Social Gathering
7:00 - 7:30 - Welcome & AGM Meeting - Call to Order
7:30 - 8:00 - Let's Celebrate Refreshment Break

Regular Meeting - Call to Order
8:00 - 8:15 - 
Let's Talk Kamloops History - Interview with Chris Moser
8:15 - 8:30 - Hands Up Member Survey
8:30 - 8:45 - Website Workshop and Program Discussion
8:45 - 9:00 - Clean Up


Every genealogist, at some time while researching, runs up against brick walls. Brick walls are when a research question, such as finding the parents of an ancestor, cannot be answered. There are simple techniques to help break through these walls. Lisa will share those techniques with us.

Date: Monday, April 8, 2024
Presenter: Lisa Gorrell
Location: via Zoom
Price: KDGS members Free; non-members $15; REGISTRATION REQUIRED

If you have a problem with registering for this presentation, please contact Marg: 778-220-8446.

  Lisa Gorrell has been seriously researching her family for more than twenty-five years. It was the birth of her daughters that began the journey connecting the past and the future generations. One trip to Sutro Library to use microfilm of the 1920 census and finding her grandfather’s family got her hooked. Lisa is currently a board member with the Contra Costa Historical Society & volunteer at their archives at the History Center in Martinez, and a past-president of the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society and past-recording secretary of the California Genealogical Society. She is the tour leader with CGS’s research trip to Salt Lake City. A Certified Genealogist, Lisa enjoys giving genealogy presentations and writing about her family on two blogs.
Bite-size: Gravestone Clues -  Presenters:  KDGS members, Bob Hayes and Heather Clifton  


Do you have English ancestry? If so, please join us for our FREE March 26th Family History Forum!
March 26, 2024, 6:30-8:00pm: FINDING RECORDS FOR ENGLISH FAMILY HISTORY, presented by Teresa Smith

The most wonderful thing about researching our family history is that it takes us back to a personalized journey into the world where our ancestors once existed. But that means we have to take a journey into finding the records that will tell us their story. As far as researching our ancestors from England is concerned, there is a wealth of documents available to us online. This presentation will guide you to finding the records which are now available to the researcher from birth, marriage and death records to their occupation and where they resided and even how they voted.

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 handout will be sent to you along with a reminder shortly before the presentation.


Check out our latest uploaded Exchange Journals (including new Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society, Scotland)and BCGS Feb 2024 Newsletter. We've also added links to My Heritage, Legacy and Genealogy Blogs under Genealogy Toolbox/Research Resources. We now have our member Carrie Wright's Blog along with Maureen Taylor The Photo Detective and Mark Thompson Professional Genealogist, Victoria, BC uploaded.

NB - The final weekly BCGS GenBlast was March 15, 2024.  The GenBlast was created to make the membership aware of the various activities of the society, week-to-week, including but not inclusive to, general meetings, coffee chats, seminars and genealogical classes. All information that has previously been included in the GenBlast is available on the BCGS website and specially in the Calendar of Events section. The BCGS Facebook page is also a good source of current activities and information.  We will delete all the posted GenBlasts on our website by the end of March.  We will continue to upload the BCGS Newsletters.


This month the questions are: What did you learn from attending Mark Thompson’s presentation Analyze and Research Historic Family Photographs?  (Kathleen loved your story about how you discovered where the military was taken).

Also, if you watched Peels Prairie Provinces, presented by Beverly Brooks, what did you learn?

Karen -Mark is a great presenter, so easy to listen to and of course had lots of information. I've used Peel's before for the Henderson's Directories but learned that there is much more to look up!

Linda - What an amazing presentation Mark gave.  I learned a lot about different kinds of photographs and how to date them.  I am excited about researching some of my old family photos!

Kathleen - I was very impressed with Mark Thompson and his presentation on the topic of "Analyze and Research Historic Family Photographs” I learned a great deal about his techniques for dating family photos and found the information he provided very resourceful.  I have signed up for Mark’s newsletter at Making Family History | Make Sense Of Your Family History. The site I refer to on Facebook to identify and date and gather information on Military Photos is called: Canadian Military Photos Lost and Found - Research Group.

Marg - I also was very impressed with Mark's presentation. Lots of great ideas on how to find the clues in the photo. Here's a suggestion for one of our meetings. Members could bring along some photos to practice finding the clues.  This could be an opportunity for members not able to attend his presentation to expand their knowledge of How to Analyze their Family Photos.  I also enjoyed Peels Prairie Provinces.



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