Vernon & District Family History Society



The Vernon & District Family History Society began the Monument Inscription Project in 1984 by assisting the Friends of History in transcribing the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Vernon. The project was completed and reproduced in book form in 1988. Since then, the Family History Society has updated the information regularly.

In the past, Society members have catalogued the monument inscriptions for cemeteries in our region. Currently, digital photographs of all markers are being taken. To obtain a copy of one of these photos please contact the Society at [verfamhist @ shaw .ca].


All of the major cemeteries and many of the smaller ones in these areas of British Columbia are included here.

  • Central Kootenay
  • Central Okanagan
  • Columbia-Shuswap
  • North Okanagan
  • Thompson-Nicola
  • Area Cenotaphs have also been recorded.

Private cemeteries are located from time to time and these are added as soon as they have been catalogued.


Where possible, burial records and/or plot plans have been obtained from the cemetery governing body and this information has been included here. In some cases, registrations of death have been obtained from the B.C. Archives. Additional information has been gathered from local history books.

It is our sincere desire to present as factual as possible a record of our earliest residents.


Central Kootenay Region

The administrative centre is located in the city of Nelson. Other municipalities include the City of Castlegar, the Town of Creston, the Village of Salmo, the Village of Nakusp, the Village of Kaslo, the Village of New Denver, the Village of Silverton, and the Village of Slocan (known locally as Slocan City to distinguish it from the appellation "the Slocan" for the entire Slocan Valley).

Cemeteries Catalogued:


Central Okanagan Map

The District of Lake Country is located near the centre of the Okanagan Valley and is made up of four distinct neighbourhood communities: Oyama, Winfield, Carr's Landing and Okanagan Centre.

Cemeteries Catalogued:


Columbia Shuswap Region

The regional district's offices are in Salmon Arm. The regional district comprises the regions known as the Shuswap Country, which focuses around Shuswap Lake and lies to the north of the Okanagan, and the northern part of the Columbia Country, namely the "Big Bend" of the valley of the Columbia River from the Town of Golden to the City of Revelstoke (Revelstoke is sometimes referred to as being in the North Kootenay, Golden is usually thought of as being part of the East Kootenay sub-region, the Columbia Valley).

Cemeteries Catalogued:


Thompson Nicola Regional District

The administrative offices are in the main population centre is the city of Kamloops, which accounts for almost 65 percent of the regional district's population. The only other city is Merritt; however, there are locally important communities such as the district municipality of Logan Lake, and the villages of Chase, Ashcroft, and Cache Creek.

Cemeteries Catalogued:


Volunteer members of the Vernon & District Family History Society have catalogued the war memorial cenotaphs of the following communities:

A cenotaph is a tomb or a monument erected in honor of a person or group of persons whose remains are elsewhere. It can also be the initial tomb for a person who has since been interred elsewhere. The word derives from the Greek (kenos, one meaning being "empty", and taphos, "tomb"). Although the vast majority of cenotaphs are erected in honour of individuals, many of the best-known cenotaphs are instead dedicated to the memories of groups of individuals, such as the war dead of a city, region, or country.

For more information please, contact the Cemetery Committee