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April 2024 Family History Forum

Join us for our FREE Tuesday, April 23rd Family History Forum, 6:30-8:00pm, via Zoom!
Hidden Genealogical Gems Online, presented by Claire Smith-Burns of the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society
The Internet has greatly impacted how we do genealogical research but we can get stuck using the same collection of websites and may miss some wonderful gems. This talk will survey some underused and little-known websites that could provide genealogical treasure to further your family history. If you’ve discovered a “hidden gem” website, please share this with the group at the end of Claire’s talk.
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 for the Family History Forum will also be sent via email shortly before the Forum date.

May 2024 General Meeting

Think Like an Archivist: Finding Genealogy Records in Libraries & Archives

Finding research portals
Using finding aids
Crafting effective search strategies
Finding genealogy records in archives
Visiting archives in person
Requesting records not yet online

Date: Monday, May 6, 2024
Presenter: Nancy Loe
Location: via Zoom
Price: KDGS members Free; non-members $15; REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Nancy Loe is a genealogist and has worked professionally in libraries and archives for four decades. She holds dual Master’s degrees from The Catholic University of America in American History and in Library Science with a specialization in archives administration and was fortunate to be able to intern twice at the Smithsonian Institution. Nancy has managed academic special collections and archives in California. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience and California’s Gold as well as the Travel Channel. Nancy has presented at numerous conferences. Including RootsTech and the National Genealogical Society and has given presentations internationally.
Bite-size: Adobe Express for Genealogy, presenter Gord Hotchkiss

April 2024 General Meeting

Tips for Breaking Brick Walls
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.
Lisa S. Gorrell is a Certified Genealogist®. She has served on boards of several genealogical societies and is currently the recording secretary with the Contra Costa County Historical Society in California, where she volunteers at their archives. She is a founding member and instructor of the new online Applied Genealogy Institute. She enjoys giving genealogy presentations and writing about her family on two blogs: “Mam-ma’s Southern Family” and “My Trails into the Past” She has written a three-generation family history about her husband’s Swedish ancestors.

Bite-Size Genealogy: FaceBook for Followers presenter Xenia Stanford
Why should you follow a page? How does it help you? We have been asking you to follow and like our page and like and comment on our posts, but do you know why and how to do this? This session will show you the advantages to you as well as KDGS in interacting with and engaging in our page and posts. It will also answer what is a page vs a profile vs a group and other questions you may have. Applying some of these simple techniques will help you get the feeds you want for the best advantage as a follower on Facebook.



Heritage Week 2024 – February 19 – 25

National Heritage Week runs from Feb. 19 through to Feb. 25. One of the events offered during the week will be a Zoom talk hosted by the Okanagan Regional Library and the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society: Claire...

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March 2024 General Meeting

Analyzing Historic Family Photographs Old family photographs connect you with your family history, offering invaluable insights into your ancestors’ lives.  However, identifying and deciphering the clues hidden within them...

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The KDGS has some great programs lined up for the coming year! Of course, these are all free to our KDGS Members but non-members will have to pay to attend where indicated (prices vary). Most of the main presentations will be...

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December 2023 Christmas Social

Our Members-only Christmas social will take place Wednesday, December 6, 7pm at Reid Hall in Benvoulin Heritage Church, 2279 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna. Carpool if you can, and enter through the front door, leave the closets...

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