British Columbia Family History Societies (C-O)

This section lists the associations from Comox Valley to Nanaimo giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Comox Valley Family History Research Group

The society was established in 1988, its aims being to promote, encourage and share interest in genealogy, to assist others with their genealogical research, and to make the results of their projects available.  

The area covered by the association includes:

  • Comox
  • Courtenay
  • Cumberland
  • Denman Island
  • Hornby Island
  • Royston
  • Union Bay

Some databases can be accessed, including 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, along with links to other sites you may find helpful.

Kamloops Family History Society

The society was established in 1982, its aims being to encourage interest in genealogy, especially in the Kamloops area, to offer advice to members studying their family histories, and to collect and preserve information relevant to genealogy.

Many databases are accessible, which consist of the Pleasant Street Cemetery Database, Funeral Home Index Database and a Member Surname Interest Database.

Numerous publications are sold by the association, including a Funeral Home Index and Cemetery Inscriptions.


Kelowna and District Genealogical Society

The society was established in 1984.  They are in the process of transcribing Tombstone Inscriptions for various Cemeteries in the area between Peachland and Oyama.  A list of Cemeteries is accessible, 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.

Numerous archives can be accessed in their Library, which consist of:

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

Other resources can be accessed, including:

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

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


Nanaimo Family History Society

The association was established in 1981 by Joan Blair and Pat Mahoney.  They were originally known as Nanaimo Genealogy Club, becoming Nanaimo Family History Society in 1989.

Some databases are accessible, which incorporate Obituaries and Passenger Lists.  The Passenger List Index covers Quebec Ports from 31 Jul 1903 to 13 Oct 1910.

Numerous archives are available in their Library, which include:

  • Biographies
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Indexes
  • Church Records
  • Directories
  • Genealogies
  • High School Yearbooks

Numerous other archives are accessible, including:

  • International Genealogical Index(IGI)
  • Journals
  • Maps and Atlases
  • Newsletters
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Obituaries
  • Reference Books
  • Voters Lists

The resources relate to Canada, the United States and further afield such as England and Wales.  A full inventory of their resources is available on the site.

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Births, Marriages and Deaths mentioned in Nanaimo Free Press 1874-1899
  • Cemetery Index 1876-1926
  • Early Catholic Parish Registers, including St Peter's Roman Catholic Church 1877-1925, St John's Roman Catholic Parish Wellington 1892-1901 and St Mary's Roman Catholic Parish Ladysmith 1901-1925
  • Pioneer Albertans 1912
  • Voting Registers

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


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