Alberta Cemeteries (National Institute)
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Locating a cemetery in Alberta may be possible through the Department of Municipal Affairs. All cemeteries should be registered with this department, however, older sites, perhaps abandoned before legislation was put into place, may not appear on their lists. Active and inactive cemeteries are listed alphabetically by municipal district, however this does not necessarily mean by name of town or city.
Department of Municipal Affairs
- Department of Municipal Affairs
Housing and Consumers Affairs Division
16th Floor, Commerce Building
10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4
Telephone: (780) 427-2732
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:15 am-4:30 pm
Several branches of the Alberta Genealogical Society, the Alberta Families History Society and individuals have, for many years, transcribed cemeteries. The Alberta Genealogical Society has printed transcriptions for over 1,500 active and inactive cemeteries, while the Alberta Family History Society has about 25 from the south central part of the province. The Alberta Genealogical Society has put their information on a computer data base and on microfiche, available at the Alberta Genealogical Society library. A search will be done and a printout provided at a cost. Publications can be purchased from The Alberta Genealogical Society or the Alberta Family History Society. Costs vary.
- Calgary Municipal Cemeteries Administrative Office
3219 - 4 Street North West
Calgary, Alberta T2M 3A6
Telephone: (403) 221-3660
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am-12:00 pm; 1:00 pm-4:30 pm
The office will take one or two requests by telephone: for more than two requests, please write. The full name of the person is required: date of death, even approximate, and the name of the cemetery would assist in the search. Records are held for city owned cemeteries and are being put on computer. Information available in early records will often only include the name of the person buried and the location of the grave. Later records may give a birth or death date or an age at time of death. The funeral home is available in most entries.
St. Mary’s Church Rectory (403) 228-4170 holds the records of their burials before 1945. Three privately owned cemeteries maintain their own records, and can be contacted by calling:
- Rockyview (403) 285-0660
- Mountain View (403) 272-9824
- Eden Brook (403) 217-3700
Calgary and Edmonton Catholic Cemeteries
Two older Catholic Cemeteries, St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s, (both full) are administered through the City of Calgary. More recent burials are at Holy Family and Good Shepherd Cemeteries, both administered by Memorial Gardens Cemeteries, headquartered in Toronto. To access information on burials in the latter two cemeteries, contact
- Good Shepherd Cemetery
17th Avenue South East at Garden Road
P.O. Box 0, Site 17, R.R. #7
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2G7
Telephone: (403) 272-9824
Requests can be made in person, by mail or by telephone; no fees
- Edmonton Municipal Cemeteries
c/o Beechmont Cemetery
12420 - 104 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5G 2M1
Telephone: (780) 442-0974
Requests can be made in person or by mail. Information is filed by name, alphabetically and when making requests by mail, dates of death (at least year) will be helpful in cases of similar names. There is a cost for search; there is no cost for searches done in person. Information will include name, date of burial, funeral home and grave location. No next-of-kin is recorded.
Records of persons who died within the last 25 years, is protected under Freedom of Information Act. However, Edmonton Cemeteries has put the records of people interred in municipal cemeteries more than 25 years ago on-line. (close to 60,000 people) To search, download a file and use the Edit/Find command in the browser to search for a specific name.
- Edmonton Catholic Cemeteries'
For Holy Cross, St. Albert and St. Joachim
Telephone: (780) 447-2921
For Our Lady of Peace and St. Anthony
Telephone: (780) 454-4453
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Searches for up to three names can be done in person or by telephone. For over three names, requests should be made by mail or fax. A self-addressed, stamped envelope would be appreciated. There is no charge.
Burials prior to 1980 offer sparse information: date of purchase, name of interred, date of burial. Records are computerized after 1980 and contain name, date of birth, death and burial, purchaser’s name and funeral home. Records, beginning with the first burials, are being added to the computer.
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