Have you signed up for our 2023-2024 year? Your $40 (single) $45 (family) membership in the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society is not too be missed if you are interested in Family History! Go to https://kdgs.ca/ > Membership to sign up or renew for our coming year (Sept. 1, 2023 – Aug. 31, 2024). Here are all the benefits of being a KDGS member (besides tapping into the support and knowledge of fellow family historians):

Monthly Meeting Programs:

We have a great line-up for our members!! Non-members may attend but will need to register and pay a fee ranging from $10 – $20 per meeting. All our meetings are via Zoom except for our December and June socials. Besides our main program, at each meeting we also have our short “Bite-size” presentations on a variety of topics of interest to family historians.


September 11; Using the new Library & Archives Canada Website, presented by Jean Buchanan Breit & John Moran of Library & Archives Canada

October 2; Pre-confederation research in Ontario, Canada West and Upper Canada, presented by Janice Nickerson from Ontario

November 6; The War of 1812-1815: Essential Sources for Family History Research, presented by Glenn Wright from Ontario

December 4; In person KDGS Christmas Party with food, fun, games and prizes! (members only)


January 8; FamilySearch: Be a Power User, presented by Jeannie Vance of the Surrey LDS Stake

February 5; Getting the Most out of Ancestry, presented by Cyndi Ingle of CyndisList

March 4; Visualizing Family History: to capture your relative’s interest & to help you in your research, presented by Helen Smith of Brisbane, Australia

April 8; Tips for Breaking Brick Walls, presented by Lisa Gorell of California

May 6; Think Like an Archivist, presented by Nancy Loe of California

June 3; In person Summer Social with food, fun and prizes! (members only)

Special Interest Groups (SIGS):

These groups meet via Zoom and are only open to members. They include: Eastern European Genealogy; English Genealogy; Family Tree Maker Software; Legacy Software; Family History Writing; Swedish Genealogy; and DNA Research.

Obituary Project:

Our ongoing obituaries for Central Okanagan persons offers digital copies of obituaries for free to members (non-members must pay $5 per obituaries)

Genealogy Journals and Newsletters:

We subscribe to many journals and newsletters from across Canada and beyond. Most of these are now in digital format. Our members receive them all via email!

Let’s Talk Genealogy:

Monthly Zoom meetings which are a forum for our members to ask questions and get the answers from our experts! These meetings are in-person during the summer months – held in a local park.

Marlene’s Grapevine:

Our membership director, Marlene, keeps you abreast of all the latest family history news via email: DNA sales, free access to paid website events, genealogy presentations online, new genealogy databases and projects, etc., etc.

The Okanagan Researcher:

Our quarterly newsletter is full of great articles and news. Members can post free queries. This newsletter is sent to libraries and genealogy societies throughout North America – who know who will see your query or article?

KDGS Website, Members-Only Pages:

Our members have access to several videos from our Family History Forums and speakers plus other information.