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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

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
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
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 Health Care Complex
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


Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online course Research: Alberta Ancestors

offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about this course or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at 

We welcome updates and additions to this Wiki page.