The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society was founded
in 1984, one of the oldest in British Columbia. We enjoy a large and
active membership, enabling us to work on many projects to preserve and make
accessible the family history records and heritage of the Central Okanagan.
Our members not only contribute to our community but are busily working
on their own family histories which take them to all parts of the world.
Our Genealogy Reference Library and Educational Programs reflect the diversity
of our members’ interests. We are a Registered Charitable Society
and greatly appreciate your monetary contributions and donations of books to
our Library (charitable tax donation receipts are available upon
MembershipMembership in the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society provides its members with four issues of its newsletter, “The Okanagan Researcher”, free queries,Research Gatherings for sharing and learning,
access to “Special Interest Groups”, our educational Webinar series and general meetings with interesting genealogical topics. The membership year runs from September to June. There are no meetings during the summer months. Current yearly membership fees are $30 for individuals and $35 for a family membership.
LocationMeetings are held at Hawthorn Park, 867 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, BC.
The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society Library is a large and growing collection of books, periodicals, CDs and maps on a wide range of genealogical topics representing most areas of the world. The library is located on the 2nd floor of the Kelowna ORL Branch (downtown) public library. The KDGS collection is a non-circulating reference library. A “Genealogists in Residence” (GIR) service is provided at various times throughout the week. See the library page for a list of our current holdings and our GIR hours.
Our regular monthly meetings are education-focused with information and speakers on diverse genealogical topics. The KDGS holds free monthly “Family History Forums” in the downtown Kelowna Library (Sept. – June). Occasional seminars or workshops are planned; these usually have a minimum fee to both members and non-members. Every second year, the KDGS holds our “Harvest Your Family Tree” Conference which has grown into Western Canada’s largest genealogy conference (next one, Sept. 23-25, 2016). Our Conference features world-renowned genealogical experts and a large Genealogical Marketplace.