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In 1923 the British Columbia government established a Supreme Court registry at Kelowna, in the Yale Judicial District, effective May 1, 1923. It was approved and ordered by Order-in-Council 0408-1923, dated April 13, 1923.
By the same order, a County Court registry was also established at Kelowna.
Currently (to March 31, 2016) the Kelowna Registry of the Supreme Court continues as an active registry.
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The series consists of original copies of wills probated in the Kelowna Supreme Court between 1986 and 2002. The wills are organized by probate number, and are generally arranged in numerical order. Files in boxes 15 and 16 contain wills dating from approximately 1987 to 1993 that were not filed elsewhere in the accession. Researchers are encouraged to check these boxes if they cannot locate the file they are looking for in the other boxes. While the wills are generally filed by probate number, there is one file that has been arranged alphabetically. This spans several years and appears to contain wills that were missed in the original filing.
An nominal index to probate records for Kelowna can be found in GR-2226. Researchers should use this index to identify the probate number for the relevant individual, and then use this number to find the original will.
Records are retained under ORCS 51460-30 of the Court Services Operational Records Classification System (schedule 100152).
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