Alberta Churches, Archives, and Societies (National Institute)

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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in April 2013. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian: Vital Statistic Records - Part 1  by Sharon L. Murphy. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

Churches and Records
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The following Alberta repositories may contain church records of baptisms and marriages and other helpful information.

Anglican Church of Canada[edit | edit source]

The provincial Archives hold records for three dioceses:

  • Edmonton 1889-1989
  • Athabasca 1874-1989
  • Mackenzie River 1859-1942

182 churches are represented from the Edmonton and Athabasca dioceses. The Mackenzie River Diocese now forms part of the Diocese of the Arctic; four parishes are represented in the records.

Anglican Diocese of Calgary
University of Calgary Archives
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Telephone: 403-220-7271

The university holds the Anglican Diocese of Calgary records, 1881-1991, for many parishes. Permission for access must be obtained first from the Synod Office:

Anglican Diocese of Calgary
180 - 1209 59th Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2H 2P6
Telephone: 403-243-3673

Roman Catholic Church[edit | edit source]

Five different Catholic dioceses cover territory in Alberta: Calgary, Edmonton (Archdiocese), Saint Paul, Grouard-McLennan (Archdiocese) and Mackenzie-Fort Smith. While they do not publicize archives as such, most will consider genealogical requests. To obtain further information, the website of the Edmonton Archdiocese gives a map and links to parishes and other dioceses:

Calgary Catholic Pastoral Centre Library
Catholic Pastoral Centre
120 - 17 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 2T2
Telephone: 403-218-5510

Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton
Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton
8421 - 101 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6A 0L1
Telephone: 780-469-1010

Records of five religious orders and one parish of the Church are held by the Provincial Archives:

  • Les Oblats de Marie Immaculée, 1842 to 1986
  • Les Soeurs de L’Assomption de la Sainte Vierge, 1868 to 1987
  • The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, 1849 to 1990
  • The Sisters of Providence, 1886 to 1978
  • Soeurs Grises/Grey Nuns, 1877 to 1967
  • St. Joachim Parish-Edmonton, 1891 to 1985

Some oblate records are closed (restricted). For transcripts of such records you will have to contact either the parish office or the diocese (or archdiocese) if you are not sure in which parish the event would have been registered.

United Church of Canada[edit | edit source]

The Alberta and Northwest Conference from 1853 to 1990. Also included are records of the three denominations which united to form the church in 1925:

  • Presbyterian 1887 to 1925
  • Methodist 1863 to 1925
  • Congregational 1910 to 1912

Over five hundred congregations are represented.

Alberta and Northwest Conference Archives
c/o Provincial Archives of Alberta
8555 Roper Road
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5W1
Telephone: 780-427-8687

Lutheran Church[edit | edit source]

The Synod of Alberta and the Territories, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada has records from 1898 to 1989. Over 75 congregations are represented in the holdings. Administrative records and registers of birth, marriage and death have been deposited in the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Lutheran Church-Canada Archives- Lutheran Historical Institute
7100 Ada Blvd.
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 0S7
Telephone: 780-474-8156
By appointment only

Unitarian Church of Edmonton[edit | edit source]

1912 to 1980 records are housed at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Westwood Unitarian Society[edit | edit source]

1982 to 1986 records are housed at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Presbyterian Synod of Alberta and the Northwest[edit | edit source]

The Presbyterian Church in Canada, Records of the Synod Archives are held at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Archives[edit | edit source]

Provincial Archives of Alberta
8555 Roper Road
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5W1
Telephone: 780-427-1750

Service Alberta - Vital Statistics
Box 2023
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4W7
Telephone: 780-427-7013

Registry Connect
Suite 202, 1003 Ellwood Rd. SW
Edmonton Alberta T6X 0B3
Telephone: 780-415-2225

Glenbow Museum
130 - 9th Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3
Library Reference Desk: 403-268-4197
Library Email:
Archives Reference Desk: 403-268-4204

This fine archive has records of several early Anglican churches in the Calgary area, as well as some for Baptist and Presbyterian churches and some Methodist missionaries’ papers.

Other church or parish records of interest may be found at:

Red Deer and District Archives
P.O. Box 5008
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 3T4
Telephone: 403-309-8403

Genealogical Societies[edit | edit source]

Alberta Family Histories Society
712 - 16 Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta T2M 0J8
Telephone: 403-214-1447 (voice mail)

Alberta Genealogical Society
162, 14315 - 118 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5L 4S6
Telephone: 780-424-4429

Numerous branches of the Alberta Genealogical Society exist; check the website for the branches’ contact information. Current Branches are located in:

  • Brooks and District
  • Camrose
  • Drayton Valley
  • Edmonton
  • Fort McMurray
  • Grande Prairie and District
  • Lethbridge and District
  • Medicine Hat and District
  • Peace River and District
  • Red Deer and District
  • Wetaskiwin and District


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