Explore your history

The Vernon & District Family History Society holds open house and invites new members

  • Oct. 22, 2017 4:30 a.m.

If you’ve been thinking of delving into your ancestry, the Vernon & District Family History Society is here to help.

The society is holding an open house Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its resource centre at Peace Lutheran Church (lower level), 1204 – 30th Ave. This will be an opportunity to find out how membership in the society can help you track down family ancestors or long-lost relatives.

The Vernon & District Family History Society has:

n A well-stocked resource library

n International genealogy databases

n Knowledgeable resource staff volunteers

n Monthly meetings with information sessions

n A quarterly journal

n Training sessions with genealogy software

n Assistance with documenting your histories

n The camaraderie of like-minded members

n Annual social events

n The occasional seminar featuring renowned genealogy lecturers

For Ted Hoyte, whose family roots in Vernon are deep, membership in the society has gone a long way towards helping him to explore his ancestry, which includes his maternal great-great grandparents Hephzibah and Samuel Gibbs.

Samuel was born in London, England in 1849, while Hephzibah Collins was born in Dartmouth, England in 1851. They married in London in 1870 and had seven children born in London.

In April 1885 the family travelled to New York City on theship, Egyptian Monarch. They then went to London, Ont., where a son Henry was born in 1886. In 1891 the family was living in Enderby, B.C. where a daughter Ethel was born and Samuel was working at a flour mill.

By 1901 some of the older children had married or wereworking at other places in B.C. and Samuel was in Lillooet, B.C. working for the provincial government. He died there in 1925 and Hephzibah in 1927.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

North Okanagan district updates list of sandbagging stations

Severe weather over the weekend has communities bracing for potential flooding

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Okanagan, Shuswap

Environment Canada is forecasting strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy downpours in parts of the Interior

North Okanagan farmers’ markets excited to welcome artisans back amid COVID-19

Provincial health officer announced non-food items to return to markets this weekend

WorkSafe BC conducted 70 inspections in the Okanagan amid B.C.’s reopening plan

WorkSafe BC has conducted 100 inspections at restaurants across the province since May 19

COVID-19: Coldstream district office set to open

Safety measures in place to protect staff, public upon June 1 reopening

11 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. as top doc urges caution amid ‘encouraging’ low rates

Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced that two care home outbreaks would be declared over

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces official ban on overnight kids camps this summer

New ban comes after talking with other provincial health officials across the country, Henry says

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

Preparations for flooding in the Shuswap accelerate

A sandbagging machine and a crew to run it have been set up in Silver Creek.

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

PHOTOS: U.S. cities brace for increasing unrest over police killing of George Floyd

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has fully mobilized the state’s National Guard

$200,000 Maybach impounded after ‘L’ driver caught excessively speeding in Vancouver

Meanwhile, the supervisor sat in the passenger seat, police said

COVID-19 cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a B.C. mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Most Read