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.