High Prairie Alberta Family History Centre

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*<span style="margin-right:0" id="taw"><cite>http://www.ancestry.ca/&nbsp;</cite></span>  
*<span id="taw" style="margin-right:0"><cite>http://www.ancestry.ca/ </cite></span>(This is normally an expensive site, but is one of a number of such sites that is free in our family history center. It is a premium site that is excellent for searching out records, photos, etc.&nbsp; This interactive site is absolutely invaluable in researching about our ancestors!)
*<cite>A temporary but very useful site: &nbsp;https://new.familysearch.org/en/action/unsec/welcome</cite>  
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*General searches (eg. family lines, county histories, etc.): http://www.google.ca/  
*General searches (eg. family lines, county histories, etc.): http://www.google.ca/  
*http://www.fold3.com/ (This is normally a paid site, but is one of a number of such sites that will be free in our family history center, when our two additional computers arrive. It is a premium site that is excellent for searching old military records.)
*http://www.fold3.com/ (This is normally a paid site, but is one of a number of such sites that is free in our family history center. It is a premium site that is excellent for searching old military records.)

Revision as of 16:10, 22 January 2014

FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Centre, a branch facility of the Family History Library.
The High Prairie Alberta Family History Center is located, near the police station and provincial building.  It serves the High Prairie area, as well as Grouard, Peavine, Enilda, Slave Lake and Valleyview. It is beautifully decorated with ancestor photos, artifacts and instructional posters, and is equipped to help you research your genealogy and family history as far as you want to take it! There are no membership fees to use the facility. Everyone is welcome! Please share your rating and comments. To rate this page, our family history center, scroll down to the yellow stars, hover your mouse over them to see which one you want to choose (eg. the 5th star is Excellent), and click. To leave a comment, click on the link down near the rating stars.  If you have not already done so, you will be prompted to create an account at www.familysearch.org (which we highly recommend anyway). Type in the big box, and hit Save Page.  Do not worry about the check boxes. If you would like to see comments left by others, click on Talk tab at the top of this page. We encourage you to post which of the links below have helped you, and how you have found your experience working in this center.


Centre Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  • Address: 5301 54 St., High Prairie, Alberta
  • At west end of High Prairie, turn north at police station.
  • Location on Google Map

Phone: (780) 523-4780

E-mail: kbritton@hpsd48.ab.ca 

Open Hours: Most Wednesday evenings from 6 - 8 p.m. (please call ahead to be sure we are open, as there are rare times when we cannot be there)

Holiday Schedule: Business as usual, unless otherwise posted

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule

  • Does anyone have a particular lesson or class that they would like to see taught? We're open to suggestions! You can post your suggestions in the comment section, by the rating stars. Even if two or three people express interest, we are willing to accomodate!

Staff Training Meetings

Centre Resources


  • Family History Library Catalog: This centre has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.
  • Complete set of High Prairie history books owned by Family History Director and Consultant

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal This centre has access to the Family History Center Portal page, which gives free access in the centre to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions (eg. www.ancestry.ca).

Hardware and Equipment

  • One private computer with two monitors and printer
  • Microfilm reader
  • Two Church-owned computers
  • A Church-owned printer have been ordered, and will be used in addition to the privately owned printer

Centre Services

Staff Research Specialties

  • Our Family History Director and Consultant is experienced and trained in using sites such as www.ancestry.ca and www.familysearch.org, and specializes in creating ancestral biographies, autobiographies, journals, etc. She has over 30 years of experience doing extensive research in a number of countries all over the world, and is being asked to be a presenter in High Prairie, Donnely, Valleyview and Grande Prairie (by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Grande Prairie, and the Alberta Genealogical Society, for the public in western Alberta and eastern British Columbia). The family history center that she has created is new, small and continuing to be developed, but photographs of it have been sent to FamilySearch support in England, and this specialist wishes he could come and see it, and will highly recommend it to another specialist, who he said will likely recommend it other specialists, at LDS Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, as an example of what a family history center should be!
  • Our Volunteer has university level training in museum and archival work, and has served as Curator of the Grouard Museum.

Resources in the Local Area

  • High Prairie & District Museum
  • High Prairie Library (has a genealogy corner with a computer and free access to www.ancestry.com)
  • Grouard Museum
  • Donnely Family History Library


Volunteer at the Centre

  • We would love to have you ask about volunteering with us, particularly if you are passionate about genealogy and family history work, if you have experience ordering and using microfilm, if you have history books (local or otherwise) that you would be interested in donating, if you are knowledgeable about our local history, or if you have a few extra hours of free time to help people who come in to use our library! You might even like to display some of your special work, to help inspire others, or give a presentation to a small group!