Edmonton Alberta Riverbend Family History Centre

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Centre, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

Edmonton Alberta Riverbend Family History Centre serves the western part of the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and the adjacent area.


Centre Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  • 14325 - 53rd Ave, Edmonton, Alberta, T6H 5G6 Canada
  • Take the 53 Ave Exit from Whitemud Drive, and come about one block east.
  • We are in the large brick church on the south side of 53 Ave. The northern entrance on the east side of the building will be unlocked when the FHC is open. There is plenty of free parking
  • Click to view

Phone: 1 780-436-0136


Open Hours

  • Tuesday    6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm   6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Thursday    6:30pm - 9:30pm

Holiday Schedule

  • Family Day weekend
  • Easter weekend
  • Christmas
  • Canada Day
  • Civic Day weekend
  • General Conference weekend

Hours of Operation

Tuesdays  10 AM - 2 PM, and 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM.

Wednesdays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, and 6:30 - 9:30 PM.

Thursdays 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Phone: During open hours 780-436-0136

E-mail Director: billb1847@hotmail.com 

Please be advised that we will not open if the temperature is -25 C or colder or if there is a travel advisory in effect due to poor driving conditions.  If in doubt, please call the FHC first to make sure that we are open.

Calendar and Events

Workshop Schedule:

Workshops the Tuesday, and Thursday evenings, and Wednesday mornings of the second week of the month.

  March 11 - 13– Add sources to prove your family history.

April 8 - 10– Create a fan chart of your ancestors. (You may want to bring a flash drive for this one.)

May 13 - 15– Printing pedigrees and family group charts in Family Tree.

Staff Training Meetings:

The next staff meeting will be held on April 27, 2014 

Centre Resources



  • Family History Library Catalog: Patrons can order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog online, at https://film.familysearch.org/ and have them sent to our FHC to view them.
  • We also have films/fiche on long term loan that can be viewed if the person that ordered them is not using them.

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. e.g. Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest.com, Findmypast.co.uk, Fold3.com, Worldvitalrecords.com, ArkivDigital
  • Our computers have PAF and several of the FamilySearch affiliate software programs installed, including AncestralQuest, RootsMagic, and PAF Companion.

Hardware and Equipment

  • We have 6 computers, wi-fi, 1 printer / scanner on the wi-fi network, 3 microfilm readers, and 1 microfiche reader. Patrons may use their laptops on our wi-fi network, but only our own computers will have free access to the subscription-based websites.

Centre Services

One-on-one help!

Resources in the Local Area

The Provincial Archives of Alberta has most of the local histories for Alberta, which include biographies of families, as well as a computer database of people who lived and died in Alberta. They also have history books and an extensive microfilm library.
Address: 8555 Roper Road, Edmonton, AB T6E 5W1

Edmonton Public Library has extensive holdings as well. The Stanley A. Milner Library has a genealogy room. There are 17 EPL branches distributed throughout the city. Patrons have access to Ancestry.com's Library Edition and also HeritageQuest Online (on their library catalog computers). 
Switchboard: 780-496-7000

Edmonton Alberta Bonnie Doon Family History Centre
9010 - 85th Street
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Phone: 780-469-6460
Hours: Tuesday 10 AM-8:30 PM,Thursday 1:30-8:30 PM. (Summer hours: Phone the number above.)
Closed: Major Holidays
This is our companion FHC in Edmonton.

Royal Alberta Museum
The museum does not have genealogical records. They ask that genealogy questions be referred to the Provincial Archives of Alberta, their sister institution.


Alberta Genealogical Society 

City of Edmonton GenWeb Project
(may not be up to date)

Alberta GenWeb Sites for some nearby counties
Note that Sturgeon (St-Albert) has resources for Metis and French Canadian research, plus a link to Musée Héritage Museum in the city of St-Albert.

Volunteer at the Centre

We would welcome knowledgeable volunteers, interested in helping during our regular shifts. We are also looking for volunteers who would be willing to teach an occasional class on their research specialty.