Family History Forums are a partnership presentation 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 Sept. 26, 6:30pm “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.

Topic: Finding Females in Your Family Tree, presented by Xenia Stanford   

Finding records for women especially prior to the mid-twentieth century can be difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible. Most historical records focused on men with women not considered persons thus not allowed the same rights given to men. Property, business, naturalization and voting records were under men’s names. Once a woman married, she was often just referred to by her husband’s name. Not even Sally Smith but Mrs. John Smith or Mrs. J. Smith. If she married many times, she changed her name each time. Children usually carried their father’s surnames and often it is as if their mothers did not exist. How then can we show both sides of our pedigree and all sides of our DNA? We will show you tips and tricks to tracking down the identity of females in your family tree.