Unlocking family histories begins at open house

South Okanagan Genealogical Society to showcase programs, resources on March 24 in Penticton

Finding the keys to unlock your family history could come as easily as attending an open house.

The South Okanagan Genealogical Society is inviting the community to attend its open house on March 24 to show what kinds of tools are available in the search for ancestors.

Scheduled for the auditorium of the Penticton Museum and Archives from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., displays will illustrate the various facets of genealogy — from the different types of pedigree charts, DNA and how family history can play into historical events. Old maps will be available for viewing.

Society members will also offer information on computer software like Family Tree Maker and the Ancestor Detective program that is available to all the schools.

The society will also be offering books, magazines, binders and pedigree charts for sale, as well as refreshments and baked goods.

Society members will be on hand to answer participants’ questions about genealogical searches.

The South Okanagan Genealogical Society will also offer memberships to those interested. The society has 75 members, who are able to use the group’s resources for the annual $27 fee. A genealogy library has been established inside a room of the Penticton Public Library building, which is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It features a collection of books and newsletters that can help members guide their research. Every second Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m., mini-workshops are held on more focused areas of genealogy based on members’ needs.

Admission to the open house is free. The museum is located at 785 Main St. in Penticton. For information, email corbettk@shaw.ca.