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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Research: Alberta Ancestors  by Arlene Borgstede. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).


Alberta Genealogical Society Library

Edmonton Branch Library
162, 14315- 118 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5L 4S6
Telephone: (780) 424-4429

Although these two organizations share the same location, their collections are separate. The Alberta Genealogical Society collection is available to all Alberta Genealogical Society members. Only Edmonton Branch members may borrow Branch books. The public is welcome to use library resources, however, there is a $4 charge for non-members.

Publications: Edmonton Branch Clandigger published with AGS Relatively Speaking.


  • how-to books, research guides
  • atlases, gazetteers, almanacs, maps
  • periodicals: Canadian, U.S., British
  • Ancestor Indexes (i.e. BIG R)
  • Ontario Marriages
  • Ontario 1871 census/cemetery finding aids (on computer)
  • Nova Scotia vital statistics from newspapers (1769, 1812, 1834)
  • United Empire Loyalist material
  • computer searches
  • Alberta cemetery recordings– surname index of 100,000 burials
  • Alberta birth, marriage and death– 1870-1905 card file
  • 1901 Canada census– Alberta surname index
  • local and regional histories
  • Genealogical Research Directories (1981-1998)
  • C. Denney collection of Métis genealogy (photocopied from original at Glenbow Archives)
  • C. Denney collection of Canadiana publications
  • Dr. G.J. Conradi collection (a recent donation of over 100 volumes on German and Eastern European genealogy plus periodicals. All books are in German and include family genealogies, biographies etc.)
  • indexed obituaries from The Edmonton Journal, 1972-1978


  • Tracing Your Family Tree course: spring & fall
  • (Edmonton Branch)
  • spring conference (Alberta Genealogical Society)
  • Special Interest Groups (Edmonton Branch)
  • England, Ireland, Scotland, United Empire Loyalists,
  • Eastern European, Holland
  • workshops, seminars
  • computer
  • microfilm, microfiche readers

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
162, 14315- 118 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5L 4S6
Telephone: (780) 424-4429

This small collection which specializes in books relating to Germans from Russia research is housed in the Alberta Genealogical Society library and may be used by the public. Only members of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia may borrow books.

  • journals, periodicals
  • name indexes
  • local histories
  • maps
  • obituary files

Alberta Genealogical Society Branch Libraries

Brooks and District Branch

Brooks and District Branch
327 Third Street West
Basement, West Entrance, Room 4
Brooks, Alberta
Telephone: (403) 362-2732
Mailing address:
Box 1538
Brooks, Alberta T1R 1C4

Publication: Brooks and District Heir Lines. The public is welcome to visit the library but only members have borrowing privileges.


  • International Genealogical Index, LDS Library Locality Index microfiche (older editions)
  • reference and ‘how to’ books
  • local histories
  • AGS cemetery index on microfiche
  • periodicals
  • Alberta
  • Manitoba/Saskatchewan
  • Ontario
  • U.S.
  • British Isles
  • Germans from Russia
  • information representative of many areas
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • British Isles
  • Index of Obituaries as Published in Brooks Bulletin—1910-1989 (for sale by Branch)

Drayton Valley and District Branch

Drayton Valley Branch
4550 Madsen Avenue
Drayton Valley, Alberta
Telephone: (780) 542-2787
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 115
Rocky Rapids , Alberta T0E 1Z0

Publication: Past Finder


  • books
  • maps
  • genealogical aids
  • periodicals
  • Alberta cemetery recordings

Areas of Interest

  • Canada
  • Ontario, Alberta
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • Poland
  • England, Wales, Scotland
  • Ireland

Fort McMurray Genealogy Library

Fort McMurray Genealogy Library
Lower Level, Hill Building
10011 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, Alberta
Telephone: (780) 791-5663
Mailing address:
Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 2K7

Publication: Lines of Descent


  • 1984 and 1992 International Genealogical Index
  • Passenger indexes and Immigration lists 1600-1900 Filby and Meyer
  • Alberta cemetery listings
  • Ontario 1871 census
  • Manitoba and East Rupert’s Land 1881 census index
  • North West Territories census index
  • various English county 1851 census index
  • Fremanagh and Tyrone Counties 1901 census index
  • periodicals and newsletters
  • microfilm printer/reader microfiche readers
  • computer programs
  • internet access
  • preservation supplies
  • Hudson Bay Company maps
  • Canadian railways records

Grande Prairie and District Branch

Grande Prairie and District Branch
9839 - 103 Avenue Grande
Prairie, Alberta T8V 2Z1
Telephone: (780) 532-7138
Mailing address
P.O. Box 1257 Grande Prairie,
Alberta T8V 4Z1

Library Collection is housed in the Isabel Campbell room of the Grande Prairie Public Library. It is open to members and the public the same hours as the Grande Prairie Public Library.

Publication: Heritage Seekers (published with AGS Relatively Speaking)


  • members pedigrees
  • “Genies in the Library” is a program offered jointly by the Branch and the Grande Prairie Public Library. “Genies” are available in the Isabel Campbell Room at the Grande Prairie Public Library on Wednesday evenings 7:00-9:00 pm and Fridays 1:00-3:00 pm The “Genies” provide assistance to people interested in genealogical research
  • obituary file from the Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune (1978-present) [1978 to 1984 are on microfilm at the Grande Prairie Public Library]
  • obituary file from other Peace Country newspapers
  • Alberta Genealogical Society Cemetery Records in Alberta with an index for the cemeteries recorded
  • collection of periodicals from over 40 genealogical societies as well as continuing subscriptions to Genealogical Helper, Family Tree Magazine andFamily History News
  • 1891 and the 1901 Canadian census on microfilm in the Grande Prairie Public Library Ÿ several indexes to the census are available
  • a “Researchers Group” will do a limited search through local resources; at present, this service is offered for the cost of any materials required

Southwestern Alberta Genealogical Library (Lethbridge Branch)

Southwestern Alberta Genealogical Library (Lethbridge Branch)
Room 128, 909 - 3rd Avenue
Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 0H5
Telephone: (403) 328-9564

Publication: Yesterday’s Footprints

A non-lending library operated by volunteers of the Lethbridge and District Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society.

Services and Resources

  • microfilm and microfiche readers
  • newsletters from other branches and some Canadian societies
  • vital records application forms for all provinces and territories
  • Family Registry (microfiche) from FamilySearch Center
  • some local histories

Medicine Hat and District Branch

Medicine Hat and District Branch
Multi-Cultural Folk Arts Centre
533 - 1st Street South East
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Mailing address
P.O. Box 971
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 7G8

Medicine Hat Branch Library has a small collection of books, especially of the local area, which are not held by the public library. They are currently indexing obituaries from the Medicine Hat News, which cover many years. The Branch has also purchased Ontario Vital Statistics Index microfilm which are kept at the Medicine Hat Public Library

Publication: Saamia Seeker

Red Deer Genealogy Library

Red Deer Museum
4525 - 47A Avenue
Red Deer, Alberta
Telephone: (403) 227-2646
Mailing address
P.O. Box 922
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 5H3

The library can also be accessed during regular evening museum hours upon request.

Publication: The Tree Climber


  • reference books
  • maps and gazetteers
  • Alberta and local histories
  • Alberta cemetery recordings & indexes
  • telephone books
  • eastern Canadian indexes
  • magazines and periodicals
  • “how-to” books
  • local histories

Areas of Interest

  • Canada
  • Alberta
  • Ontario
  • British Isles

Public Libraries

Calgary Public Library

Calgary Public Library - W.R. Castell Central Branch
616 Macleod Trail South East
Calgary, Alberta T2G 2M2
Telephone: (403) 260-2600
Hours:Monday to Thursday 10:00 am-9:00 pm Friday and Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm-5:00 pm 
Local History Collection
Telephone: (403) 260-2695
Hours:Monday to Thursday 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm

The Main Branch of Calgary Public Library’s contains a wealth of information generally not held by other local institutions.

The Humanities Section (fourth floor) holds the majority of material of interest to the genealogist.

  • Ÿ microfilm reels of all Canadian census returns for the years 1842, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1891
  • Ÿ microfilm reels of all ships passenger lists (1865-1920) of vessels entering Canadian ports and Filby’s Passenger and Immigration Lists Index for immigrants to North America
  • Ÿ microfilm reels of border entry lists Ÿ
  • a microfilm index to the Alberta Homestead Records (held by the Provincial Archives) and the Ontario Land Records (held by the Ontario Archives) Ÿ
  • handbooks and guides for doing genealogy and heraldry Ÿ
  • small collection of bibliographic sources in the area Ÿ
  • documents dealing with specific births, marriages, and deaths, etc. associated with specific time periods and world areas Ÿ
  • gazetteers, historical county atlases of Eastern Canada and indexes Ÿ
  • Cummins Rural Maps for Alberta and Manitoba (1923) (on microfilm) for obtaining background information about locations, social events, societies and individuals Ÿ
  • genealogy and family history periodicals Ÿ
  • local atlases Ÿ
  • inter-library loans can be arranged from institutions across North America

Local History Collection– Canadiana Room (non-circulating)

  • published family and local histories
  • Henderson/Peel directories for Western Canada from mid-1950s
  • pamphlets and magazines
  • directories
  • catalogues
  • school yearbooks
  • maps
  • clippings files

Directories/Government Publications (third floor)

  • the current telephone directories for most locations in the world as well as the current Peel Directories for major Canadian cities and the current Reverse Telephone Directory for Calgary
  • numerous publications printed by the Canadian government for public access and interpretation.

Newspapers (basement)

  • Ÿ for major cities around the world (including Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto) in hard copy
  • Ÿ microfilm reels of historical newspapers for larger Canadian cities back as far as 15-20 years

Edmonton Public Library - Stanley A Milner Branch

Edmonton Public Library– Stanley A. Milner Branch
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2V4
Telephone: (780) 496-7000
Hours:Monday-Friday 9:00 am-9:00pm Saturday 9:00 am-6:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm


  • Genealogical Periodical Annual Index from 1976
  • current and historical atlases
  • gazetteers
  • bibliographies
  • passenger and immigration lists index
  • “how-to” books local history index
  • reference and research materials
  • publications from municipal, provincial and federal governments
  • federal, provincial and municipal government documents
  • On-line and CD-ROM information
  • magazines on-line
  • Who’s Who
  • interlibrary loan

Canadiana Collection (non-lending)

The newly renovated library now features a Heritage Room which houses the Canadiana Collection—a special historical collection aimed at filling the particular informational needs and interests of the people of Edmonton. It has been developed as a popular history and local research collection as opposed to a scholarly and archival collection.

  • materials relating to the history and development of Edmonton and Northern Alberta, early exploration and subsequent developments
  • local histories (community, school and church) of Northern Alberta i.e. north of Ponoka
  • material on the history of the people and ethnic groups of Edmonton and Northern Alberta
  • old gazetteers of Alberta
  • old city directories for selected Alberta cities and old phone books for Edmonton and Calgary
  • guidebooks of the province
  • genealogies and family histories of Albertans
  • basic materials on Canada or the Prairies having a significant amount of information on the history and development of Alberta
  • material of a rare nature or unusual value such as limited edition and signed copies
  • newspapers on microfilm
  • Edmonton Bulletin (1880-1951)
  • Edmonton Capital (1910-1914)
  • Edmonton Journal (1903- )
  • Edmonton Sun (1978- )
  • Strathcona Plaindealer (1901-1903; 1903-1906; 1907-1910)

Grande Prairie Public Library

Grande Prairie Public Library
101, 9839- 103 AvenueGrande Prairie, Alberta T8V 6M7
Telephone: (780) 532-3580
Hours:Monday to Thursday 10:00 am-9:00pm Friday 10:00 am-6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am -5:00 pm Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm; see Grande Prairie Branch Alberta Genealogical Society for resources.

Lethbridge Public Library

Lethbridge Public Library
810 - 5th Avenue South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4C4
Telephone: (403) 380-7310
Hours:Monday-Friday 9:30 am-9:00 pm Saturday 9:30 am-5:30 pm Sunday 1:30 pm-5:30 pm hours change slightly in summer

Resources Ÿ

  • online public access catalogue (OPAC) Ÿ
  • periodicals, micromaterials, government publications, genealogy vertical files, reference books and local history photos, files, publications and clippings Ÿ
  • Henderson Directories
  • telephone directories Ÿ
  • local histories Ÿ
  • newspapers Ÿ
  • Lethbridge Herald Ÿ
  • Macleod Gazette Ÿ
  • atlases, gazetteer Ÿ
  • Senator Buchanan Collection Ÿ
  • clippings of local interest from about 1882 to the present (not indexed) Ÿ
  • CD-ROM searching


  • reference assistance
  • photocopying service
  • listening centres for in-house use
  • inter-library loans

Red Deer Public Library

Red Deer Public Library
4818 - 49 Street
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 1T9
Telephone: (403) 346-4576
Hours:Monday to Thursday 9:30 am-8:30 pm Friday and Saturday 9:30am-5:30 pm Sunday 1:30 pm-5:00 pm

Reference Material

  • how-to books
  • periodicals
  • oral histories
  • passenger lists (3 small volumes)
  • heraldry
  • international vital records handbooks
  • catalogues of national census returns from 1666-1891 and 1901 on microfilm
  • interlibrary loans
  • microfilm reader/printer

University Libraries

University of Alberta

Rutherford Library, located west of Hub Mall with entrances on the main floor at the east and west and via Hub Mall.

Humanities and Social Sciences Library
Rutherford North, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1
Telephone: (780) 492-5791
Hours: Vary depending on term

The Humanities and Social Services Library in both Rutherford North and Rutherford South contains works of history, geography, languages, biographies, etc. The library is open to the public and borrowing privileges can be obtained through the purchase of a library card. Contact the circulation desk for details.

Rutherford North is entered on the second floor, west, which houses the circulation desk and the reference room.

Reference Resources
  • encyclopedia
  • periodical index
  • Who’s Who
  • bibliographies
  • Burke’s Peerage
  • archives/libraries and their holdings
  • telephone directories
Rutherford Library South
Telephone: (780) 492-5791
Hours: as listed

The Humanities and Social Services collection from A-BD are housed in Rutherford South. On the second floor are current issues of periodicals and government documents. Earlier periodicals are bound and inter-filed on the shelves of the regular collection.

Periodicals are filed alphabetically: there is a limited collection relating to genealogy.

  • French Canadian and Acadian Genealogical Review (1968-1981)
  • Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, Bulletin (1970-1988)
  • The Ontario Register (1968-1983)
  • Genealogy (Indiana Historical Society) (1977-1986)

The Government Publication Library contains publications from the federal governments of Canada, Great Britain and the United States, in addition to some publications from provincial governments (particularly Alberta), Alberta cities and major Canadian cities.

Micro-Materials Reading Room Holding

(Rutherford North, second floor)

  • Allan Lines shipping records (which brought immigrants from Europe, especially the Balkans
  • Canadian city directories Ÿ
  • biographical scrapbook (Toronto Central Library) (1911-1967) Ÿ
  • English parish registers Ÿ
  • Canadian newspapers, some dating to 1800 Ÿ
  • Alberta newspapers Ÿ
  • American newspapers (Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York, etc.) Ÿ*microfiche copies of items listed in Bruce Peel’s Bibliography of the Prairies Provinces
Bruce Peel Special Collection Library

(Rutherford South basement)
Telephone: (780) 492-5998

The Bruce Peel Collection specializes in Western Canadiana and English literature. The history segment, of interest to genealogists, includes private papers, local histories, and photographs.

  • Alberta Folklore and Local History Collection—first hand accounts of pioneers and older community histories
  • rare books Ÿ
  • all University of Alberta theses, catalogued separately
D.E. Cameron Library
D.E. Cameron Library
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2J8
Telephone: (780) 492-8440
Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00 am-10:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; call for summer hours

The collection of material related to the physical sciences has little interest to genealogists. However, the extensive University Map Collection is located on the main floor. It’s the largest collection of maps in Canada and is worldwide in scope.

  • historical maps
  • land survey maps
  • large scale maps
  • city maps
  • North American
  • British Isles
  • Continental Europe
  • Russia and former USSR, especially Ukraine

Please note that the staff are willing to assist as time permits. Patrons are requested to have all details of their request on hand and to be prepared to search on their own.

University of Calgary

MacKimmie Library
2500 University Drive North West
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Telephone: (403) 220-5972

The MacKimmie Library on the University of Calgary campus is open to the public and contains a wealth of information. To borrow circulating material, it is necessary to have a valid University Library card; check with Circulation for information. For assistance in locating or using material, ask at the Reference desk on the 2nd floor, Library Block. Most usage for genealogical works will be on floors two through six of the Tower and floor two of the Block.

  • published family histories
  • handbooks and guides for doing genealogy, including bibliographic sources
  • official records information held by local, national, and international institutions specific manuscripts dealing with births, marriages, deaths, passenger listings, etc. associated with specific time periods and world areas
  • printed directories, gazetteers, atlases and indexes for obtaining background information about locations, social events or societies
  • government publications
  • genealogy and family history periodicals
  • an extensive collection of maps, current and historical, for areas around the world
Book Collections

There are major collections of local histories relating to Canada located on the 5th and 6th floors of the Library Tower. Other subjects with substantial holdings include the American Revolution, United Empire Loyalists, American Civil War, Germans from Russia, Mennonites and military history. Numerous biographical dictionaries, new and old, by place or profession, are also held in the library.

Map Library (2nd floor Library Block)
  • Ordnance Survey maps for countries such as Great Britain (early 19th and later 20th century)
  • homestead and county land maps for the Prairies, especially Alberta
  • historical maps and atlases showing boundary changes, migration patterns, original churches, post offices and other items of interest
  • gazetteers for nearly every country
Periodicals (2nd floor Library Block)

Many articles of use to genealogists are published in periodicals such as Alberta History, New York History or Publications of the Dorset Record Society. While some of these magazines have their own indexes, most are indexed in such lists as Canadian Periodical Index, America: History and Life or Historical Abstracts. Often, a careful check of these indexes, will result in the discovery of an article on the history of a family, town, early settlement, former occupation or other information.

Microforms (3rd floor, Library Tower)

The library holds numerous titles of interest to the genealogist.

  • Canadian Institute of Historical Micro-reproduction (microfiche)
  • Books and serials published in or about Canada prior to 1900 and includes local and family histories, directories, biographies and even such unusual items as printed funeral memorials, annual reports of schools and churches, special items celebrating local events, etc.
  • Peel Bibliography (microfiche)
  • Collection of books and pamphlets dealing with the three prairie provinces from earliest times to 1950. Many small local histories of towns, schools and churches are in this collections as are settlers’ accounts, immigration literature and directories.
  • Victoria History of the Counties of England (5th floor, Library Tower)
  • This project began during the reign of Queen Victoria and still continues! Each county in England is discussed in great detail, often in 12 to 15 volumes, covering such topics as archaeology, church history, local history, education, etc. Since the project is not yet complete, some counties are better documented than others, but all the work is scholarly and very helpful to English research. While some volumes are in print, many are on fiche.
  • Canadian Newspapers on Microfilm
  • Local newspapers, up to the 1900s with some dating back to the 18th century, largely from the Maritime Provinces, Ontario and Québec, with some more recent ones from Alberta. Microforms has a listing of these by geographic region. Films can circulate through interlibrary loan.
Library Archives(12th floor Library Tower)

The Library Archives’ mandate is to acquire, make accessible for research and preserve archival material documenting Canadian creativity in the personal papers and business records of Canadian writers, publishers, composers, musicians and artists. Holdings also contain collections relating to law, history, journalism and religion. Some fonds such as the Diocesan records of the Anglican Church of Canada Calgary Diocese are on permanent loan. The various fonds include personal and business correspondence, research materials, manuscripts, scrapbooks, photographs, audio-visual materials and artifacts.

Special Collections

Rare and special editions as well as individual collections. Many Alberta and prairie local histories and early exploration accounts are held here. This material is non-circulating.

University of Calgary Archives and Special Collection

Finding aids: Mapping the Territory: A guide to Archival Holdings, Special Collections, University of Calgary Library. Published inventories to 19 literary collections finding aids to other collections. Holdings are also described in the Archives Network of Alberta Database.

University of Lethbridge Library

University of Lethbridge Library
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4
Telephone: (403) 329-2263
Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00 am-11:00 pm; Friday until 6:00 pm; Saturday 11:00 am-6:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 am-9:00 pm; note that hours change during the year depending on students schedules

The library is open for public use and books can be borrowed by purchasing a “community borrower’s card” fora fee.

  • biographies
  • atlases, maps
  • some Lethbridge Directories
  • 1948
  • 1970-1977
  • 1979-current
  • Bruce Peel Collection on microfiche (original collection at University of Alberta) Ÿ
  • Canadian Institute for Historical Microproductions has over 70,000 books and periodicals of a historical nature including voting registers, directories, biographies, atlases and gazetteers, church histories, genealogies, school registers, regimental histories. Mostly of material published before 1900 so little of Alberta (also available at University of Alberta, University of Calgary)Ÿ
  • Woodworth collection—newspapers on microfilm, mostly from southern Alberta communities, dating back to as early as 1885.
  • Calgary
  • Cardston
  • High River
  • Lethbridge
  • Macleod
  • Medicine Hat
  • Nanton
  • Pincher Creek
  • Standoff
  • Also included in the collection are newspapers from:
  • Edmonton Bulletin
  • Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  • Great Falls
  • Le Devoir (Montréal)
  • New York Times
  • Saskatchewan Herald
  • The Daily Colonist
  • The Times (London)
  • Winnipeg Free Press
  • local histories

Smaller Local Libraries

Local libraries in smaller communities may be of value. Although their collections may be limited, many are affiliated with other libraries and share their resources. Some carry local newspapers and administration records. Many can order books through inter-library loans.

Other Resources

  • reference materials
  • networking through the Alberta Library Services, connecting you to libraries across the country
  • business community materials
  • phone books from around the province
  • internet access

Fort Saskatchewan Public Library

Fort Saskatchewan Public Library
10011 - 102 Street Fort Saskatchewan,
Alberta T8L 2C5
Telephone: (780) 998-4275
Hours: Monday to Thursday 10:00 pm-9:00 pm Friday 10:00 am-6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm; closed Sundays in June-August


  • interlibrary loan Ÿ
  • newspapers Fort Saskatchewan The Record (early 1900s to 1984 on microfilm. Originals from 1984)
  • local cemetery records Ÿ
  • local histories Ÿ
  • microfilm/microfiche readers

County of Strathcona Municipal Library and Archives

County of Strathcona Municipal Library and Archives
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8A 5P7
Telephone: (780) 449-5801
Hours: Monday to Thursday 10:00 am-9:00 pm Friday and Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

The mandate of the Archives is to collect material related to the people, places and historical events within the county.

  • oral history tapes and transcripts
  • local histories of the county
  • diaries and letters from early settlers
  • local newspapers on microfilm
  • county record, council and board minutes, bylaws and department records
  • photographs

The library has material and resources of interest to genealogists:

  • local histories related to the County of Strathcona
  • atlases and gazetteers
  • telephone books
  • Sherwood Park from 1983
  • many Canadian and U.S. cities
  • partial collection of County Cadestral maps giving descriptions, pipeline, road and railways
  • interlibrary loan
  • microfilm reader
  • dial-in catalogue
  • internet access

A subject index is available. Archives material is accessed through the library.

The Buchanan Library - Lethbridge Community College

The Buchanan Library - Lethbridge Community College
3000 College Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 1L6
Telephone: (403) 320-3355

Although the library’s large collection is geared to course material offered at the college, it also contains a wide range of general interest material. Also included in the library services area is ample study and reading space, lounge area and typing rooms.

Collection Resources

  • Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)
  • large collection of periodicals
  • selective depository of government documents
  • audiovisual collection of approximately 7,000 items
  • CD-ROM databases


  • open to the public
  • most resources circulate
  • reference assistance
  • online searching
  • photocopying service
  • CD-ROM stations—downloading and printing
  • Internet—downloading and printing
  • electronic journals

Red Deer College Library

Red Deer College Library
100 College Blvd.
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 5H5
Telephone: (403) 342-3344
The library is open to the public, however, to borrow materials, you must purchase a library card.


  • atlases
  • map collection—old and recent
  • current telephone books for Alberta
  • directories—Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, others
  • reference books (a limited number on genealogy)
  • Peel Bibliography (original at University of Alberta)
  • internet stations

Red Deer College Library shares its catalogue with the consortium NEOS, which includes 20 colleges, universities, government departments and hospitals primarily north of Red Deer.

Other Libraries

Heritage Library of the Society for the Retired and the Semi-Retired

Heritage Library of the Society for the Retired and the Semi-Retired
3rd Floor, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2E5
Telephone: (780) 423-5510
Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am-3:00 pm


  • 2000 volumes on Alberta history and local histories
  • photographs
  • biographical sketches—15 albums indexed

The Library is open to the public but books can be borrowed only by members of the Society for the Retired and Semi-retired or members of any Edmonton Senior’s organization.

Law Society Library

Law Society Library
2nd Floor, Law Courts Building
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0R2
Telephone: (780) 422-2342
Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:15 am-6:30 pm; Friday 8:15 am-5:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

A repository for legal texts. Of interest to genealogists are the Canadian Law Lists from 1923 (incomplete) providing information on practicing lawyers, arranged by province, then locality. Also some American and International lists.

To obtain additional information on Alberta lawyers, check with The Law Society of Alberta in Calgary (1-800-661-9003).

Provincial Legislature Library

Provincial Legislature Library
216 Legislature Building
10800 97th Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6
Telephone: (780) 427-2473
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:15 am-4:30 pm; when Legislature in Session: Monday to Wednesday 8:15 am-6:00 pm; Thursday- Friday 8:15 am-4:30 pm; closed Saturday and Sundays

Located on the main floor of the Legislative Building, the Provincial Legislative Library maintains the best collection of Alberta newspapers. A computerized index identifies the community and years available (from early 1900). Some are available on microfilm which are available through interlibrary loan.

  • microfilm reader/printer
  • local histories
  • biographies of Alberta MLAs and Lt. Governors

There is no staff available during evening openings to access microfilm, however, they can be obtained by phoning beforehand to have them ready for your visit.


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