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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 ($).


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 5335 Sawchuck Box 386 Mundare, Alberta T0B 3H0 Telephone: (780) 764-3887 Website: Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm & 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 5126 #2 Highway Claresholm, Alberta Mailing address: P.O. Box 1000 Claresholm, Alberta T0L 0T0 Telephone: (403) 625-3131 Email: Website: 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 10006 - 100 Avenue Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta T8L 1V9 Telephone: (780) 998-1783 Email:

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 & District Museum, Archives & Visitors Information Centre 5120 - 50 Street Millet, Alberta Mailing address: P.O. Box 178 Millet, Alberta T0C 1Z0 Telephone: (780) 387-5558 Website: 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 10010-101 Street Morinville, Alberta Mailing address: P.O. Box 3252 Morinville, Alberta T8R 1S2 Telephone: (780) 801-3290 Website: 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.

Also: minutes of the Thibeault School District early French newspapers (1910-1911) minutes of the M.D. Sturgeon Musée Héritage Museum St. Albert Place 5 St. Anne Street St. Albert, Alberta T8N 3Z9 Telephone: (780) 459-1528 Email: Website: 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 material a few family genealogies extensive genealogy of the Callihoo families 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 Website: 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.

Resources 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 4702 - 50th Street Taber, Alberta T1G 2B6 Telephone: (403) 223-5708 Email: 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 & District Historical Society 4801 - 49 Avenue Leduc, Alberta T9E 7G6 Telephone: (780) 986-1517 Website: Hours: July and August Tuesday-Sunday 11:00 am-5:00 pm; Winter (September-June): Tuesday-Friday 11:00 pm-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 local newspapers The Representative (1907-1976) The Enterprise (1904-1906) some information of local homes and families Memorabilia


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