Kelowna – Selected Genealogical Sources

Collins_tobacco_field-Mission_Valley-Kelowna-1898Kelowna & District Genealogical Society. Currently the society has over 11575 obituaries indexed and available, as well as transcriptions, photographs and publications of Central Okanagan cemeteries. The Society publishes a newsletter, “Okanagan Researcher” quarterly and has partnered with the Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library where the genealogical library collection is now located. See the Society’s website for indexes and details on these and other projects.:

Video about the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and the Kelowna Public Library, ShawTV Okanagan, 2011:  

Kelowna Branch, Okanagan Regional Library:

Kelowna and its Surroundings in the Province of British Columbia, Dominion of Canada (The Agricultural and Trades Association of Okanagan Mission Valley, 1898). A douwnloadable .pdf copy of Kelowna and its Surroundings, 1898 was digitized from a BCGS members’ private collections and is available free by clicking the link. This copy shows interesting effects of its age and includes the photo show above which was not apparently included in the original publication. Another copy is downloadable here from the Internet Archive in a variety of formats.

Names mentioned in this pamphet are

Lakeview Hotel, Arch. Macdonald – ad
Kelowna Shoppers Union – ad
Lequime Bros. & Co – ad
Growley & Downton – ad
D. W. Sutherland – ad

Mr. T. Woods
Wm. Postill
Mr. Swallwell
Mr. A. Postill (the late)
Mr. Whelan
Mr. J. Christian
Mr. Conroy
Mr. Price Ellison, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP)
Mr. J. T. Davies
Mr. La Belle
Mr. Dell
Mr. Watson
Mr. R.E. Chrichton
Mr. W.D. Hobson, Justice
Mr. G.G. Mackay
Messrs. Collins and Hotman, tobacco
Mr. Eli Lequime
Mr. Bernard Lequime
Mr. J. Corsorso
Mr. Fitzgerald Healey
Mr. Tidmarsh
Lord Aberdeen
Gusichan Ranch
Mr. Alan Chrichton
Mr. Crozier
Mr. Ray
Mr. J. L. Pridham, Justice of the Peace (JP)
Mr. Dundas
Mr. T. W. Stirling
Mr. Knox
Mr. Weddell
Mr. Bailey, postmaster, librarian
Mr. C.S. Smith
Mr. C.A.S. Atwood
Mr. Bailey
George Rose
Mr. Raymer

Photographs included are Kelowna and Okanagan Lake, The Wharf – Kelowna, T. W. Stirling’s Orchard, G. Whalen’s Orchard & House, Duck Lake, Episcopal Church, and separated, Mr. Collin’s Tobacco Field.

A Pictorial History of Kelowna BC:

BC Orchard Industry Museum, BC Orchard Industry Museum, BC Wine Museum, Okanagan Military Museum, Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Museum, The Laurel Packinghouse:

Kelowna Public Archives:  Search Kelowna Public Archives collections at MemoryBC. See that entry below.

Vince Bezeau Military Library and Archives, Okanagan Military Museum:

Memory BC, The British Columbia Archival Information Network. Search by individual topics, places, people, repositories (Kelowna Public Archives, British Columbia Archives, Anglican Provincial Synod of British Columbia Archives, etc.): or all “Kelowna” entries:;search?query=kelowna

Kelowna Photo History, Castanet Forum – Kelowna photos from family collections posted to the forum discussions:

The Kelowna Story: An Okanagan History by Sharron J. Simpson (Harbour Publishing, 2011). Available at the BCGS Library.

Kelowna 100 Years History: One Hundred Years of History, edited by Diana Knowles (Kelowna Museum Association, 2005). Available at the BCGS Library.

Ham and Rail Fanning, The History of Present-Day of Rail Activities in Kelowna:

Kelowna Street Names, Their Origins: A Brief History, Okanagan Historical Society, Kelowna Branch (1994, 2010). Available at the BCGS Library.

Kelowna Streets, Kelowna,com, Marshall Jones, Managing Editor:

Index to articles about Kelowna people, places and topics published in Okanagan Historical Society (OHS) Annual Reports, No 1-76 (1926-):     Most OHS Reports have been digitized and may be read and searched as part of the University of British Columbia Library’s Digital Collections:

Okanagan Historical Society:


Historical Municipal Boundaries, City of Kelowna (.pdf format):,d.cGE

Kettle Valley Railway & Connecting Railway Trails:

The photograph above shows “Mr. Collins; Tobacco Field – Okanagan Mission Valley, Near Kelowna, BC”. found with a 1898 booklet, Kelowna and its Surroundings in the Province of British Columbia, Dominion of Canada, published by the Agricultural and Trades Association of Okanagan, Mission Valley. Private collection. Some 1890s residents of Okanagan Mission Valley petitioned the provincial government “to proclaim a parcel of land a public commons and that a road should be built”. Their names were extracted from the Sessional Papers of the British Columbia Government, 1890, by Hugh Armstrong and are published on the British Columbia GenWeb site.
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M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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