Our Alberta genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Alberta, including:
- Library and Archives Canada
Provides adoptions, deaths / burials, births / baptisms, divorces, cemeteries, marriages, church indexes, parish registers, civil registrations, wills, census, immigration and citizenship, military, land, employment
- Provincial Archives of Alberta
Hold provincial and private sector records relating to history of Alberta back to 1795. Includes manuscripts, personal papers, business records, church records, labor records, homestead records (1885-1930), passenger lists (1865-1919), border crossings (1908-1918), Métis land claims, local histories, directories, Alberta newspapers from 1883 City of Edmonton Archives Houses civic government and private records documenting Edmonton’s history
- United Church Archives
Contains local church records of The United Church of Canada and the denominations it was formed from: Congregational, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Evangelical United Brethren.
- Glenbow-Alberta Institute
Canada’s largest non-governmental archival repository. Has extensive holdings of unpublished documents and photographs related to the history of Western Canada. These records, date from the 1860s to the 1990s.
- Edmonton Branch Library
Contains periodicals, ancestor indexes (i.e., BIG R), newspapers, United Empire Loyalist material, Alberta cemetery recordings (surname index of 100,000 burials), Alberta births, marriages and deaths (1870-1905), local and regional histories, Genealogical Research Directories (1981-1998)
Our professional researchers can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.
If you want to know more about how our genealogists can further your research, you can request a research quote.
Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Alberta include:
- Province-wide registrations of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1898. There are a few birth records dating from 1870 to 1890.
- The first census of Canada was taken in 1871 following confederation. Federal censuses have been taken every 10 years since. Alberta was not included in the 1871 nor 1881 censuses, but Alberta does appear in the 1891 and 1901 censuses as part of the Northwest Territories.
- Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled. Homestead registers for Alberta date from 1885 to 1930
- Probate records are housed in the courthouses of the various judicial districts
- Churches kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
- Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
- Military records
- Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
- Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts since early 1800s
- Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas