If you are unable to attend at the given times, please email: Librarian@kdgs.ca

Come to the Library to chat with genealogists from the Kelowna and District Genealogical Society. Learn how to find more on your family tree, or ask about your next steps if you’ve hit a wall in your research.

There is no charge for this service. 

Genealogist in Residence Schedule 

Downtown Library / ORL Branch (1380 Ellis Street)
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 1 to 3 pm

Westbank Library / ORL Branch (2484 Main Street, Unit 31)
GIRs are in attendance from 2 to 4 pm on the last Wednesday of the month.

Drop-in programs, no registration required.

Family History Forums

Note: Family History Forums are now via Zoom. Please see below for instructions on how to sign-up.

Family History Forums are hosted by the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and the Okanagan Regional Library. They are free to everyone with an interest in tracing their Family History.

Family History Forums are generally held on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December, July and August) starting at 6:30pm.  See the Forum Schedule schedule below for more information.

You must pre-register to attend by clicking on the event on the downtown libraries ORL’s Events Calendar and following the instructions. Be sure to enter your email address correctly and watch for the email from the ORL to confirm your registration – you will then be sent the Zoom link.

https://orl.evanced.info/signup/Calendar – click on the listing on the appropriate Tuesday section of the calendar.

January 24: Beginners Series: Sources, presenter Claire Smith-Burns

This is an introduction to genealogical sources of information: What are they? How do I learn about them? We will cover the classification of sources into Original, Derivative and Authored; providing Primary, Secondary and Undetermined Information; giving us Direct, Indirect and Negative Evidence.

February 28: Beginner Series: Keep Organized, presenter Claire Smith-Burns

Tips for Organizing your Paper and Digital Files. Your filing system must work for you and be simple enough that you will keep it up!

March 28: Census and Other Lists for Genealogists, presenter Claire Smith-Burns

Census records provide a snapshot of your family on a given day in history. Typically, censuses were taken every ten years; fill in the years between with voter’s lists and directories to build a cohesive picture of your ancestors’ lives. Examples from Canadian, US and UK records.

April 25: Using Passenger & Immigration Records in your Family History, presenters Xenia Stanford & Mary Read

May 23:  From whence did they come? Finding the place of origin for your Immigrant Ancestor, presenter Claire Smith-Burns

Before you can start researching records of your Immigrant Ancestors to Canada in their country of origin, you must first narrow down their place residence in that country. The clues you need are in Canadian records. We will survey a number of records that may hold the clue for your ancestor’s birthplace. 

June 27: Church Registers Online, presenter Claire Smith-Burns

More and more church register transcriptions and images are becoming accessible online.  Learn how to find these, decipher them and download images for your own family history research.  Our survey will include examples from the UK, Canada, USA and Europe.