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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 Family Histories Society

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
  • 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 LDS 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
  • 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

La Société Généalogique du Nord-Ouest

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.

  • 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

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.

  • 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)
  • historical and genealogical research
  • reproduction of photos and black & white negatives
  • photocopies
  • genealogy courses


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