About Us

About Us

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 request). 


Membership 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.


Meetings 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.


Queries are encouraged and are free for members. Non-members wishing to place queries should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope if they wish to receive a reply from the Society Queries Coordinator. A fee of $20.00 is required to cover the cost of postage, photocopying and other expenses. Any surplus will be a donation to the Society Library. Please indicate if you wish the query to be included in the Okanagan Researcher. Queries for the newsletter are free of charge, and subject to available space.