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Alberta Family Histories Society[edit | edit source]

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

The Alberta Family Histories Society was founded in 1980 as a non-profit organization with the purpose of encouraging and promoting an interest in family history research in Calgary and district. Only members have borrowing privileges.

Library Resources[edit | edit source]
  • Ÿ journals/periodicals (Canada, British Isles, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, U.S.A.) on CD-ROM Ÿ
  • US/Canada phone books (CD-ROM) Ÿ
  • automated archives (U.S. states)
  • Latter-day Saints Ÿ
  • Ancestors Reference Library Ÿ
  • Pioneer Heritage Library
  • Ÿ Latter-day Saint Vital Records Library Ÿ
  • National Archives of Canada catalogue Ÿ
  • Ontario Cemetery Finding Aids
  • Ÿ varied materials from Great Britain, Europe, U.S. Ÿ
  • reference books
Geographic Family History Aids[edit | edit source]
  • Africa, Asia, South Pacific and Latin America Ÿ
  • Canada Ÿ
  • Calgary Ÿ
  • Europe Ÿ
  • United States Ÿ
  • United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand Ÿ
  • E-mail Contacts Ÿ
  • births reported in the Calgary Herald Daily, Calgary Herald Weekly and Calgary Tribune (1883-1899)—an extraction project of the Alberta Family Histories Society

Alberta Genealogical Society[edit | edit source]

Alberta Genealogical Society
162, 14315 - 118 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5L 4S6
Telephone: 780-424-4429
Fax: 780-423-8980
AGS Website:

There are branches of the Alberta Genealogical Society in Brooks, Camrose, Drayton Valley, Edmonton, Ft. McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, and Wetaskiwin.

Resources[edit | edit source]
  • Research Services
  • Alberta Homestead Index
  • Surname Database
  • Newspaper Indexes
  • Youth Genealogy
Library Resources[edit | edit source]
  • maps
  • historical town/villages books

La Société Généalogique du Nord-Ouest[edit | edit source]

La Société Généalogique du Nord-Ouest
204, 8627- 91 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3N1
Telephone: (780) 424-2476
Hours: Monday and Tuesday 10:00 am-3:00 pm; Thursday by appointment

The Society was formed in 1991 to preserve, promote and serve in the study of genealogy and family history of Francophones and Métis in Alberta. The reference library is opened to the public: members have free access, non-members pay a fee per visit. Written inquiries will be answered.

Resources[edit | edit source]
  • 1,000 volumes of genealogical records
  • répertoires (parish records) primarily from Québec, Ontario, Manitoba
  • some parish records from France
  • Québec marriages (on microfilm)
  • issues of about 40 periodicals
  • 100 privately published genealogies
  • collections of genealogical dictionaries from specific Québec areas

Société Historique et Généalogique de Smoky River[edit | edit source]

Société Historique et Généalogique de Smoky River
Main Street
Donnelly, Alberta
Telephone: (780) 925-3801
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 224
Donnelly, Alberta T0H 1G0

This facility has a wealth of genealogical information, especially pertaining to Northern Alberta, Natives and Métis, however it is staffed by volunteers. If you are going to require assistance in your search, you must make an appointment to ensure staff will be available. Researchers are encouraged to purchase a membership in the Society which provides access to the library. There is a charge for non-members per day per person. Mail requests will be considered for a per hour, pre-paid fee.

Resources[edit | edit source]
  • Missionary Letters (1862-1920)
  • Ascendant Charts
  • family charts (13,000)
  • obituaries (6,000)
  • Métis genealogy
  • Ukrainian and Polish genealogy
  • collection of non-published local histories
  • archival photos and negatives covering more than sixty years of local history
  • families
  • towns and villages
  • Dioceses of Mackenzie, Fort Smith, Grouard-McLennan, Athabasca, Joussard, Lac Ste-Anne, Wabasca, North-West Territories, etc.
  • veterans
  • Popes
  • Oblate Fathers
  • Bishops and Archbishops
  • collection of scripts
  • Métis of Manitoba
  • Métis of North-West Territories
  • Voix du Vicariat de 1942-1988
  • collection of genealogical microfiches
  • The Loiselle Index in feminine order
  • index of Alberta cemeteries
  • francophone newspapers (originals and microfilms)
  • Le Manitoba (1882-1885) Le Métis de St-Boniface (1871-1882)
  • Le Trappeur de St-Boniface (1887)
  • Le Courrier du Nord-Ouest (1888)
  • L’Ouest Canadien (1889)
  • Le Métis de St-Boniface (1871-1882)
  • Le Courrier de l’Ouest (1905-1916)
  • Le Patriote de l’Ouest (1910-1932)
  • La Liberté (1913-1920)
  • Le Progrès Albertain (1913-1915)
  • Le Canadien-Français (1915-1920)
  • La Survivance (1928-1967)
  • Le Franco (1967-1996)
  • Canadian Census on Microfilm
  • local English newspapers
  • Smoky River Express
  • Peace River Record/Record Gazette from 1914 to present
  • South Peace News
  • collection of Registers of Dioceses of Mackenzie, Fort Smith, Grouard and McLennan (copies)
  • baptisms
  • confirmations
  • marriages
  • deaths
  • local history books
  • family history books
  • collection of historical and genealogical publications & magazines
  • research collections for the United States
  • collection livres de recherche générale
  • collection of Québec research volumes
  • French-Canadian marriages (49 volumes)
  • Genealogical Dictionary of French Canadian Families
  • Répertoire of baptisms, marriages and deaths of old Québec
  • National Dictionary of French Canadians–Drouin (3 volumes)
  • Fichier Loiselle genealogical resource material
  • collection of Ontario research volumes
  • phone book collection
  • archival collection: procedural minutes from various local groups (veterans, Alberta Wheat Pool, villages and Association Canadienne des franco-Albertains (ACFA)
Services[edit | edit source]
  • historical and genealogical research
  • reproduction of photos and black & white negatives
  • photocopies
  • genealogy courses

Alberta Historical Resources Foundation[edit | edit source]

Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
Old St Stephen's College
8820 - 112 Street
Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8
Telephone: 780-431-2300

Germans from Russia Heritage Society - Alberta Chapter[edit | edit source]

Germans from Russia Heritage Society - Alberta Chapter 
c/o George Dorscher
247 Huntridge Way North East
Calgary Alberta T2K 4C4


Jewish Genealogical Society of Southern Alberta[edit | edit source]

Jewish Genealogical Society of Southern Alberta 
1607 90th Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta T2V 4V7
Telephone: (403) 850-4337

This society was formed with the following goals:

  • to provide resources to genealogists with ties to Alberta and Canada Ÿ
  • to provide more efficient location of missing Holocaust victims and survivors; hoped-for reunions to promote pride and knowledge of Jewish heritage, past and present Ÿ
  • to cooperate in tracing and advising relatives about rare familial genetic traits

The Northern Alberta Pioneers and Descendants Association[edit | edit source]

The Northern Alberta Pioneers and Descendants Association
9430 Scona Road
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 4T3
Telephone: (780) 465-2139

The Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers’ Association dates back to 1894. Over the years they collected historical information and artifacts from Edmonton’s early settlers and eventually turned this collection over to the City of Edmonton where it formed the nucleus of the City Archives and the historical Fort Edmonton site. The writing of biographies of members and their families continued and a two volume publication was the result. These books are available at the City of Edmonton Archives and the Legislative Library. Additional information has been collected and indexes are continually being updated to included new material.

Ukrainian Genealogical and Historical Society of Canada[edit | edit source]

Ukrainian Genealogical and Historical Society of Canada
R. R. #2
Cochrane, Alberta T0L 0W0
Telephone: (403) 932-6811

The society was established in 1979 to promote a sense of identity for Canadians who have connections originating in Ukraine and those who have been affected by such origin.

  • continuing extracting names from all sources as a resource
  • data base maps–pre 1914 large scale for Galicia/Bukovina
  • surnames search (for a fee)[1]

Historical Society of Alberta[edit | edit source]

Historical Society of Alberta

Suite 320, 610 8th Ave SW
Box 4035, Station C
Calgary, AB T2T 5M9
Telephone: 403-261-3662
Fax: 403-269-6029

Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta[edit | edit source]

Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta

2946 - 32 Street NE
Calgary, AB  T1Y 6J7
Telephone:  403-250-1121

and Mennonite Genealogical Data Index

Museums[edit | edit source]

Do not overlook the smaller community museums and/or historical societies which possess information on early settlers and residents. Check local telephone directories or Directory of Alberta Museums and Related Institutions, published by Alberta Museums Association (Museums Alberta). Some museums are listed below and their collections illustrate information which may be available at other institutions.

Basilian Fathers Museum[edit | edit source]

Basilian Fathers Museum
5335 Sawchuck
Box 386
Mundare, Alberta T0B 3H0
Telephone: (780) 764-3887 
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm and summer weekends; appointment required

Mandate is to preserve archival materials representing the Ukrainian, religious and cultural life, historically and culturally significant to the Basilian Fathers and/or Mundare and surrounding area. Collection dates from 1903 to the present. Guide is available for photographs, documents and Liturgical books.

Claresholm and District Museum[edit | edit source]

Claresholm and District Museum
5126 #2 Highway
Claresholm, Alberta Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1000
Claresholm, Alberta T0L 0T0
Telephone: (403) 625-3131
Hours: Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend: Monday-Sunday 9:30 am-5:30 pm; during the winter, an appointment can be arranged through the Town Hall (625-3186)

The holdings consists of records documenting the history of Claresholm and area, from 1880 to 1930, including minutes of the Town of Claresholm; records of local school districts and societies; correspondence of private individuals; farm and airport periodicals; and over 1,000 photographs. Also of interest are lists of pilots trained nearby during WWII and through NATO.

The staff will give 15 minutes of research free: there is a charge thereafter, prepaid. A listing is available for the catalogued records at the Museum and holdings are also described in the Archives Network of Alberta Database.

Fort Saskatchewan Museum[edit | edit source]

Fort Saskatchewan Museum
10006 - 100 Avenue
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta T8L 1V9
Telephone: (780) 998-1783

The museum has a relatively small archival collection

  • local histories
  • school
  • local newspapers (1903-1915 with some gaps)
  • North West Mounted Police journals and history

Millet and District Museum, Archives and Visitors Information Centre[edit | edit source]

Millet and District Museum, Archives and Visitors Information Centre
5120 - 50 Street
Millet, Alberta
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 178
Millet, Alberta T0C 1Z0
Telephone: (780) 387-5558
Hours: May-August: Monday-Saturday 8:30 am-4:30 pm; Winter hours, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 1:00 pm-4:30pm

Holdings consist of the photos from the Town of Millet and from the thirteen surrounding school districts that were covered in the history book Tales & Trails of Millet. Held as well are town minute books, business records, posters and manuscripts from many organizations, businesses and residents from the above described area (1880-1970).

Morinville Museum[edit | edit source]

Morinville Museum
10010-101 Street
Mailing address: P.O. Box 3252
Morinville, Alberta T8R 1S2
Telephone: (780) 801-3290
Hours: summer: Wednesday-Sunday 12:00 am-5:00 pm

Housed in the old convent of the early 1900s. The major collection is over several thousand negatives from photographs printed in three local publications.


  • minutes of the Thibeault School District
  • early French newspapers (1910-1911)
  • minutes of the M.D. Sturgeon

Musée Héritage Museum[edit | edit source]

Musée Héritage Museum
St. Albert Place
5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, Alberta T8N 3Z9
Telephone: (780) 459-1528
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm; an appointment is recommended for research.

The Musée Héritage Museum provides for the preservation and understanding of St. Albert’s history. Holdings consist of the municipal records of the City of St. Albert; drawings and plans of historic buildings and structures; records of local organizations and clubs; personal papers, including photograph collections of St. Albert residents; local business records and records of school districts and residential schools.

A subject index to the holdings is available on an in-house database. Some holdings are also described on the Archives Network of Alberta Database.

Of Genealogical Interest

  • computer database of the museum’s entire collection
  • biography file of St. Albert people
  • reference books
  • newspapers local businesses materia
  • a few family genealogies
  • extensive genealogy of the Callihoo families

Stony Plain Multicultural Centre[edit | edit source]

Stony Plain Multicultural Centre
5411 - 51 Street
Stony Plain, Alberta
Mailing address: :P.O. Box 2188
Stony Plain, Alberta T7Z 1X7
Telephone: (780) 963-2777
Hours: library: Monday to Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am-6:30 pm; an appointment is recommended

Combined with displays in an early high school building, an archives section (in the attic) has information and photographs about Stony Plain and its early pioneer families.


  • oral histories
  • written family histories—cross referenced to subject areas
  • photograph collection (over 2,000) catalogued and cross referenced
  • historical calendars/greeting cards
  • historic site inventory
  • newspapers
  • on microfilm from about 1907 to 1940s
  • bound copies from 1930s to 1980s
  • local history books (cross referenced)
  • reference books
  • some business papers (i.e. Oppertshauser Family Hardware Store)

Taber Irrigation Impact Museum - Taber District Museum Society[edit | edit source]

Taber Irrigation Impact Museum - Taber District Museum Society
4702 - 50th Street
Taber, Alberta T1G 2B6
Telephone: (403) 223-5708
Hours: summer Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; winter: Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 am-4:00 pm

The holdings of the Taber and District Museum Society pertain to and promote irrigation, crops grown in irrigation and related processing industries. The Museum also specializes in the history of the Town of Taber (originally Tank 77 on the Canadian Pacific Railroad line) and the surrounding district. The holdings date from 1904 and include business histories, agricultural records, information about local residents, maps and photographs, including those of local photographers Stan Keeling and Johnny Evanson. A completely indexed set of the Taber Times newspaper is also available.

Dr. Woods House Museum - Leduc and District Historical Society[edit | edit source]

Dr. Woods House Museum - Leduc and District Historical Society
4801 - 49 Avenue
Leduc, Alberta T9E 7G6
Telephone: (780) 986-1517
Hours: July and August Tuesday-Sunday 11:00 am-5:00 pm; Winter (September-June): Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am-5:00 pm

The Society operates the “Woods House,” the home of Dr. Robert Woods. The displays are mainly of the Woods family life. A small archival collection features:

  • photographs
  • The Representative (1907-1976)
  • The Enterprise (1904-1906)
  • some information of local homes and families
  • Memorabilia[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Borgstede, Arlene. "Alberta Societies (National Institute)," National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2012),
  2. Borgstede, Arlene. "Alberta Museums (National Institute)," National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2012),