Vernon & District Family History Society



The Vernon & District Family History Society  was formed in 1982 to serve as a focus for persons in the community interested in genealogy.

The purpose of this website is to provide information to our members and individuals interested in genealogy in the Vernon area.

The purpose of this Society is:
  • To encourage and instruct members in the ethical principles, scientific methods and effective techniques of genealogical research.
  • To collect and preserve information, books, manuscripts, typescripts, charts, maps, photographs, microfilms, and related material relevant to such genealogical study and performance.
  • To publish and distribute books, bulletins and other printed material as may from time to time be desirable to further the foregoing objects of the society.
  • To raise funds and, in so doing, to accept grants, donations, gifts, legacies and bequests for any of the foregoing objects and, in accordance with the condition that the Society shall be operated without the purpose of gain for its members, and any profits of or other accretions to the Society shall be used in promoting these objects.


We are pleased to announce that we are now, as of 2019, an affiliate library of FamilySearch, full details on our News page.

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Membership in the Vernon and District Family History Society includes...

  • Four issues of our newsletter Splitting Heirs
  • Use of all materials in the Resource Centre
  • Monthly meetings featuring special guest speakers
  • Access to genealogical websites requiring a subscription

Current Membership fees are $35 per year for individuals and $40 for families (those residing at the same address) and $45 for corporate members.

Membership runs from January to December. Dues are payable by January 1st.

We hold regular monthly membership meetings the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

The Annual General Meeting and election of officers is held during the March meeting. In order to vote a member must be in good standing.

There are no meetings during the summer months; however, the Resource Centre is open on a limited basis.


The Resource Centre and meeting room are located at ...

  • Peace Lutheran Church
  • 1204 - 30th Avenue,
  • Vernon, British Columbia,
  • Canada

Fall & Winter Hours:

  • Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Summer Hours:

  • Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday Evenings By appointment, contact Vivian Elgie at 250-549-8403.
  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Our Mailing Address is...

  • Vernon & District Family History Society
  • Box 1447
  • Vernon, British Columbia,
  • Canada, V1T 6N7

Our E-Mail address is...

  • verfamhist @ shaw .ca

Or contact one of our Directors from the list below.




The Executive Directors are elected at the Annual General Meeting, on the second Wednesday of March. Executive Directors are elected from within the Membership and comprise part of the Board Of Directors.

Position Name / Email
President Larry Gilchrist
Vice President Alex Whibley
Past President Jerry Thompson
Secretary Sheila Copley
Correspodence Ted Hoyte
Treasurer John Smith



The Directors are elected at the Annual General Meeting, on the second Wednesday of March. Directors are elected from within the Membership and comprise part of the Board Of Directors.

Position Name / Email
Director Marjorie Allen
Director Arnold Badke
Director Vivian Elgie
Director Marilyn Garrod
Director Nancy Hanson
Director Sally Harrison
Director Dick Lonsdale
Director Lawrna Myers


Committee Chairs are appointed by the Board of Directors. The Committe Chairperson will select Members to form a committee.

Position Name / Email
By-law Arnold Badke
Cemetery Lawrna Myers
Communications Vacant
Education Sally Harrison
Finance Marcia Gilbert
Membership Marilyn Garrod
Nominating Jerry Thompson
Program Alex Whibley
Open House Alex Whibley
Resource Centre Marjorie Allen
Ways & Means Nancy Hanson


Appointed Positions are at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Position Name / Email
Archivist Isabel Lefebvre
Computers Ralph Svenson
Dir. Assistant Marina Crawford
Journal Larry Gilchrist
Librarian Nancy Hanson
Researcher Vivian Elgie
Photographer Linda Badke
Publicity Ted Hoyte
Social Media Vacant
Webmaster Paul Beugeling