External Resources

KMA Photo 5308: Beattie family.

There are many other sources for historical research outside of the KMA, including fellow museums and archives, community groups and organizations, and online collections. Here are just a few to help inspire your research and help you on your journey to historical discovery!

  • Automated Genealogy: Automated Genealogy hosts volunteer-created indices to Canadian Census records, and is provided by Library and Archives Canada.
  • BC Archives: Located within the Royal BC Museum, BC Archives serves as the repository for records of the Government of British Columbia and for records of enduring value to the province.
  • BC Cemetery Finding Aid: The B.C. Cemetery Finding Aid is a database consisting of surnames, cemetery names, and locations for records and headstone inscriptions predominantly within the province of British Columbia.
  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial: The CVWM is a registry to honour and remember the sacrifices of the more than 118,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who have given their lives serving in uniform and RCMP members who lost their lives while on operational police duty. The database contains service information, personal data, burial and commemoration locations, and digital images.
  • City of Kamloops Records Management Section: The majority of records related to operations of the City of Kamloops operations are held at City Hall and managed by the Records Management Section. Please contact City Hall by phone at (250) 828-3311 and ask to be redirected.
  • City of Kamloops Geographic Information Services: The City of Kamloops’ GIS Division holds numerous historical and modern maps of Kamloops and the region, some of which are available digitally.
  • Find a Grave: Find a Grave’s searchable database lists grave sites and memorial listings for cemeteries around the world.
  • Hudson’s Bay Company Archives: The majority of records related to the Hudson’s Bay Company operations across Canada are held at the Archives of Manitoba, with support from the HBC History Foundation. Additional records may be found in various provincial or local archives, dependent on location.
  • Kamloops Art Gallery: The Kamloops Art Gallery is a public gallery serving Kamloops and the surrounding Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD), with a mission of fostering community engagement with art through exhibitions, programs, and collections.
  • Kamloops (BC) Family History Centre (Family Search): The local Kamloops branch of the Family History Centre holds resources and provides access to genealogical resources related to FamilySearch and the Family History Library.
  • Kamloops Family History Society: The Kamloops Family History Society is a non-profit group that promotes and encourages the study of Family History and Genealogy in the Kamloops area.
  • Kamloops Chinese Cultural Association: The KCCA is a cultural organization working to enhance the heritage of the Chinese community in Kamloops through community projects, events, and outreach.
  • Kamloops Heritage Railway: The Kamloops Heritage Railway Society is a registered charity, which operates steam engine 2141, and specializes in railway history for the Kamloops region. The Society provides tours of their backshop and by rail, and holds numerous archives and artifacts related to railway history.
  • Kamloops Heritage Society: The Kamloops Heritage Society works to preserve and manage St. Andrews on the Square, Kamloops’ oldest public building, as a community access space.
  • Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association: The KJCA is a social and cultural organization that fosters fellowship among its members, assists in community activities, and furthers interest and participation in Japanese culture and heritage.
  • Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame: The Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame honours the athletic community of Kamloops for their efforts in bringing our city provincial, national, and/or international recognition. Located at the Tournament Capital Centre, the Hall of Fame displays memorabilia from Kamloops’ rich sporting history.
  • Library and Archives Canada: As the custodian of our distant past and recent history, LAC is a key resource for all Canadians. LAC acquires, processes, preserves, and provides access to our documentary heritage and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.
  • Memory BC: MemoryBC is a portal where you can access descriptions of archival materials preserved in repositories throughout the province.
  • National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives: The NCTR Archives house more than 5 million records related to the activities of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and digital copies of records from archives throughout the country which relate to various issues and subject areas important to Indigenous communities across the country. The NCTR Archives are intended to be a powerful agent of change in the country, allowing visitors to understand the history of Canada and the mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples. Digital copies of records from the KMA Archives are available here.
  • NewsHound: Hosted by the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library and created in partnership with the KMA and other community museums and archives in the TNRD, NewsHound holds thousands of locally published newspapers.
  • Rocky Mountain Rangers Museum and Archives: The museum collects and preserves artifacts, documents, records, and material relating to the history of the Rocky Mountain Rangers in peace and war and its history within the context of the military history of Canada, both for Regimental personnel and the general public.
  • Secwépemc Museum & Heritage Park: The SMHP works in unity to preserve and revitalize the culture and language of the Secwepemc peoples, for spiritual balance, and to sustain and honour their heritage.
  • Thompson Nicola Regional Library: The TNRD’s public library system, the TNRL is dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading, and informational needs of TNRD residents. They provide resources that enrich, educate, and empower, and act as a leader in celebrating literacy and transforming lives through knowledge and information.
  • Thompson Rivers University Libraries: TRU’s Libraries serve the university's students, faculty, alumni, and community in their research needs, and provide guidance and access to academic sources of information.