Alberta Family Histories Society (AFHS) is a non-profit organization supporting worldwide family history research through education and the encouragement of preservation of information.
The Society and its Library are located in Calgary, Alberta.

    • The next General Meeting is on Monday, January 14th at The Village. The speaker is David Wake, the historian for the Southern Alberta Pioneers and their Descendants.


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These groups hold their own meetings at places and times determined by the participants. The latest times/places can also be found on our online Calendar. Where the AFHS Library is referenced, it is at 712 - 16 Avenue NW.

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Celtic SIG

When: The fourth Saturday of most months (except December, July, and August), at 10:00 a.m. at the AFHS Library.
The Celtic SIG will meet Saturday January 26th. The topic will be "Using Maps in Genealogy". The Celtic SIG is for anyone with Scottish and/or Irish Ancestry. Check the AFHS online Calendar for dates of upcoming meetings. For further information, contact Susan Butler.
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Meetings: Either the 2nd Sunday at 1:30 pm or 2nd Tuesday at 7 pm of most months (except July and August). Where: AFHS Library at 712 - 16th Avenue NW
We discuss what is happening in the world of genetic genealogy and try to help you make sense of your DNA results. If you have questions about your DNA test results, remember to bring your NUMBERS – your DNA kit number and your password. If you would like to receive the Thermometer DNA SIG newsletter please contact us at dnasig@afhs.ab.ca and we will add you to the email distribution list.
Date Program
October 1-2 DNA Conference
October 9 DNA SIG meeting
November 13 DNA Painter
December no meeting
January 13 TBA
February TBA
March TBA
April TBA
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English/Welsh SIG

When: The English-Welsh SIG meets on the third Saturday of the month (except December), 10 a.m. - noon at the AFHS library.
The January 19th meeting will have Wayne Shepheard as our guest speaker. Wayne has a lot of experience with parish registers, being an on-line parish registrar for two Devon parishes, who, as a retired geologist has developed an interest in abnormal weather events - great background information on the lives of our ancestors. Our meetings are open to all, whether researching in England and Wales or not. Check the AFHS online Calendar for dates of upcoming meetings. Ann Williams, SIG Coordinator englishwelshsig@afhs.ab.ca
Date Program
January 19 Weather events and our ancestors
February 16 TBA
March 16 TBA
April 20 TBA
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Family Tree Maker SIG

When:The Family Tree Maker SIG meets on the first Saturday of the month, excluding holidays, 10 am - noon at the AFHS Library.
Our next meeting is on Saturday, January 5 at 10 am in the AFHS library.
We will continue discussing aspects of the software.  Bring any questions, discoveries or interesting ideas you may have. Check the AFHS online Calendar for dates of upcoming meetings. For more information, contact ftmsig@afhs.ab.ca
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Legacy Users Group

When: The Legacy Users Group meets about four or five times a year, on the fifth Saturday (when it occurs) and often on Sunday afternoons. Where: AFHS Library at 712 - 16th Avenue NW
We will next meet on Sunday, January 27 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the AFHS Library. Don Duncan is going to share how to use the Hinting features. We will meet on Saturday, March 30 from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Topic to be determined. Please bring your questions, too. Everyone is welcome, from those just considering Legacy to beginners to users with lots of experience. We learn from each other. For more information contact:  Marion Peterson.
Date Program
October No Meeting
Sunday, November 25 1:30 to 3:00 pm Census Records
December No Meeting
Sunday, January 27 1:30 to 3:00 pm Hinting
February No Meeting
Saturday, March 30 10: to 11:30 am TBD
April No Meeting
Sunday, May 5 (tentative) TBD
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Ontario SIG

When: The Ontario SIG Group meets every other month on the fourth Monday at 10 am, at the AFHS Library.
Ontario SIG meeting on Monday, January 28th.  Topic: Cemeteries - sharing by SIG members. For more information contact Helen Backhouse at ontariosig@afhs.ab.ca
Date Program
January 28 Cemeteries
February no meeting
March 25  DNA
April no meeting
May 20 Social Media
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Genealogy Computing Group

Meetings: The Genealogy Computing Group meets on the second Saturday at 10 am. Where: AFHS Library at 712 - 16th Avenue NW
Check the AFHS online Calendar for dates of upcoming meetings.
Date Program
October 13 no meeting
November 10 Remembrance Day Research
December 8 New version of TNG: features
January 12 TNG and DNA tests
February 9 TBA
March 9 TBA
April 13 TBA
May 11 TBA
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Family Genes

Family Genes is a society project for the preservation of members' family tree studies.  Using a web-based application, known as TNG, or: "The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding", our members can upload, display and archive their family information. Explore the site at Family Genes and check out the dozens of family studies that have been posted.  You might find your ancestors. The Family Genes group meets during the Genealogy Computing Group sessions on Saturdays.  The meeting are held at the AFHS Library each second Saturday, from 9:30 am until noon, except for the summer months of July and August.
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