British Columbia Family History Societies(A-K)

This section lists the state-wide associations from Abbotsford to Kelowna and District giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Abbotsford Genealogical Society

The society is a non-profit making association established in 1977.  Their aims are to promote, encourage and foster the knowledge of genealogy, and to collect, preserve and display genealogical information that will help people to have a better understanding of genealogy.  

The association has a Resource Centre based at The Reach Gallery Museum, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford.  Parking is free at the Centre and the building is fully accessible.

They have many archives, which incorporate:

  • Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages mentioned in Newspapers
  • Census Indexes
  • Directories
  • Genealogies
  • Immigration Papers
  • Journals

Resources available include:

  • Land Records
  • Maps
  • Marriages
  • Newsletters
  • Obituaries
  • Reference Books
  • US Social Security Death Index 1937-1998

These archives relate to Canada, the United States and further afield, such as Australia and England and Wales. 

Numerous databases are available, which consist of:

  • BC Wills
  • Cemeteries and Tombstone Inscriptions
  • Stray BC Wills 1864-1939

For a fee, they are prepared to send a copy of the appropriate will.

A list of surnames currently being researched by Members is also available.

Website:
http://www.abbygs.ca


British Columbia Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1971.  Many archives are available at Walter Draycott Library, which include:

  • City Directories
  • Journals
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals
  • Telephone Directories

They also have some Irish Resources, which consist of:

  • Census Returns
  • Griffith's Valuation
  • Irish Books
  • Maps
  • Parish Registers
  • Tombstone Inscriptions

For further information regarding resources held by the Library, please peruse their Library Catalogue.

They also have some Databases on-line, which include Historical Newspapers and Cemetery Inscriptions.

Publications are available for sale, which include:

  • BC Vital Statistics from Newspapers 1858-1872
  • BCGS Surname Index
  • Church Records
  • Newspapers 1902-1914
  • Schools of the Boundary
  • Vancouver Voters 1886

A list of Surnames currently being researched by Members is also available.

Website:
http://www.bcgs.ca


Campbell River Genealogy Society

The association has a Library where numerous archives are available, which consist of:

  • Cemetery Transcriptions
  • Census Indexes
  • Gazetteers
  • Genealogical Reference Books
  • Genealogical Research Directory
  • Historical Atlases
  • International Genealogical Index(IGI)

Archives also consist of:

  • Journals
  • Magazines
  • Obituaries
  • Passenger Lists
  • 'The Canadians' Series 1600-1900
  • Vital Records Indexes

They relate to Canada, the United States and further afield, such as England and Wales. 

Obituaries are also available, along with a list of Surnames currently being researched by Members.

Publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Cemetery Transcriptions
  • Newspaper Extracts from Campbell River Courier 1947-1974
  • Newspaper Extracts from Comox Argus 1917-1946
  • Newspaper Extracts from Upper Islander 1964-1990
Website:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bccrgc


Comox Valley Family History Research Group

Some Databases are available, which consist of Births, Marriages and Deaths mentioned in local Newspapers, Cemetery Indexes and a Burial Records Index 1938-1988.

A list of Surnames currently being researched by Members is also available.

Website:
http://www.cvfamilyhistory.org


Kamloops Family History Society

A number of Databases are on the site, which consist of the Pleasant Street Cemetery Database, Funeral Home Index Database and a Member Surname Interest Database.

A number of publications are available for sale, including a Funeral Home Index and Cemetery Inscriptions.

Website:
http://www.kfhs.org


Kelowna and District Genealogical Society

They are in the process of transcribing Tombstone Inscriptions for various Cemeteries in the area between Peachland and Oyama.  A list of Cemeteries is on their site, and photographs are available on Murray Pletsch's Canadian Gravemarker Gallery website.

Obituaries are also available, and, for a fee, they are willing to send a copy of the appropriate Obituary.

A number of archives are available in their Library, which consist of:

  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Census Indexes
  • Church Records
  • Directories
  • Emigration Records
  • Genealogical Reference Books
  • Genealogies

Other resources are available including:

  • Journals
  • Local History Books
  • Maps and Atlases
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Military Books
  • Newsletters
  • Newspaper Extracts

They relate to Canada, the United States and further afield, such as England and Wales.  A full list is available on their site.

Website:
http://www.kdgs.ca