Category Archives: Alberta

Royal Canadian Mint commemorates Black history with silver coin recognizing the settlers of Amber Valley, Alberta

In the latest issue of its ongoing Commemorating Black History fine silver coin series, the Royal Canadian Mint honours the community of Amber Valley, Alberta, founded in 1910 by African American families from Oklahoma, Texas and other surrounding states. Seeking a life away from segregationist laws, racial … Continue reading

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Western Canadian resource Peel’s Prairie Provinces moved to Internet Archive

The University of Alberta’s library is migrating its popular online historical collection, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, to Internet Archive. Peel’s Prairie Provinces is a resource that has helped scholars, students, and researchers of all types to explore the history and culture … Continue reading

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Red Deer, Alberta archives set to open soon in new location

The archives and records of Red Deer, Alberta have been moved to a new location, and the facility is scheduled to open mid-November. The downtown centre, located in the former Only Women’s Fitness building at 4725 49th St., brings together … Continue reading

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Recognize anyone in this 100-year-old family album found in Edmonton, Alberta?

Last year, someone dropped off at an Edmonton Police Service (EPS) station an old photo album they had found. The police shared the story with media, hoping to reunite the album with its rightful owners. The story was broadcast throughout … Continue reading

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Provincial Archives of Alberta re-opens Tuesday

The Provincial Archives of Alberta is scheduled to re-open Tuesday, June 23, and it has put several measures in place to support efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. The number of visitors at a time will be limited to … Continue reading

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Alberta Genealogical Society’s Edmonton branch launches free name index

The Edmonton Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society announced late yesterday it has launched its newest online resource, called ANI (Alberta Name Index). ANI offers a simple unified search for Alberta residents named in various sources, including probates, local histories, … Continue reading

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Take a self-guided tour of Alberta with free new app

Planning a trip to Alberta? If so, you may want to take advantage of the free, new History Check app that makes it easy to discover the great spots the provinces offers. Described as the ultimate heritage and travel companion … Continue reading

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Catholic archdiocese in Alberta to open residential school photo archives to public

Thanks to a $23,389 grant from Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program, the Catholic Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan in Grande Prairie, Alberta will open residential school photo archives to the public. The group plans to share more than 3,000 photos it gathered … Continue reading

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FamilySearch releases searchable 1926 Canada Census of Prairie Provinces

 O, Canada! Let the excitement begin. In advance of the expected March deadline, FamilySearch late yesterday released the index of the 1926 Census of Prairie Provinces for Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The free database provides a searchable index of two million names … Continue reading

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More info on the 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces

The interest in the soon-to-be released digitized 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces continues to grow, along with information about it. Genealogist Dave Obee in British Columbia has provided on his web page, What will you learn from the 1926 census?, … Continue reading

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