Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Westbank, British Columbia Cemetery Photographs Now On-line

The Kelowna and District Genealogical Society has just published photographs of gravemarkers at Westbank Cemetery in Westbank in the Thompson-Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada. Special credit is given to Margaret and Peter Knoess for their work on this project which was finished in summer 2008.

These photographs are on the Canadian Gravemarker Gallery website hosted by Murray Pletsch who is now well known among Canadian genealogists.

The gravestone photographs are indexed by surname. There are four 'unknown's shown from this cemetery - listed under U. The Gravemarker Galley doesn't allow for additional information or comments on individual photographs, as some other sites do.

One of the unknown photographs has no identification, one shows a photograph on the marker, one shows a cross that says 'Chris', another shows a broken gravestone: " In Loving Memory Olive Ethel ___TT __ 9? _____955

Could this be for Olive Ethel Hewlett, whose death was registered as at Kamloops, B.C., 7 November, 1955?

The Kelowna and District Genealogical Society has other publications available on cemeteries from the area. All are reasonably priced. Click the 'Publications' tab on the KDGS website for more information or contact the KDGS Cemetery Recording Committee.


Westbank Cemetery, Westbank, Canadian Gravemarker Gallery: http://www.gravemarkers.ca/british/okanagan/westbank/index.htm

Kelowna and District Genealogical Society: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bckdgs/index.html

UPDATE: I did look up the death registration for Olive Ethel HEWLETT. She was born in Kelowna, had lived in Kamloops for 12 years, and was to be buried in the Westbank Cemetery. She died the 7 November 1955. The date of removal on the registration was 9 November 1955. Her father, the registration informant, was William Henry Hewlett, her mother Ethel Baskerville Perkin Hewlett. It appears that they are both also buried in Westbank Cemetery. See the other Hewlett grave marker photographs.