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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 April 2nd.  The is the Annual General Meeting.  Please plan to attend.  Speaker topic: Researching Ancestors from the Eastern Townships of Quebec
  • AFHS Life & Family History Writing Workshop runs at the AFHS Library for 10 Tuesdays, February 13 – April 17


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

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Celtic SIG

The Celtic SIG is for anyone with Scottish and/or Irish Ancestry. We meet on the fourth Saturday of most months (except December, July, and August), at 10:00 a.m. at the AFHS Library. The January Celtic SIG meeting will be on January 27th.  The topic will be:

How to Use Facebook and YouTube for Genealogy

For further information, contact Susan Butler.
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When: Sunday, January 14th at 1:30 pm. (calendar) 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. Read More

English/Welsh SIG

Meeting: Saturday, January 20th.

The next meeting of the English-Welsh SIG is this Saturday, January 20th (10 a.m. - noon) at the AFHS library when, together with "Ancestor Chat", discussion of our families, our successes and problems, there will be an opportunity for "Computer Chat" - a sharing of information, tricks and tips on using computers and working in Word. The topic for the February meeting, February 17th, will be "My Great Grandfather/Mother" (or Grandfather/Grandmother).  An opportunity for those who wish to, to tell us about that generation of ancestors. I'll bring along maps and pins to highlight where that generation lived. Of course, for a few of us, that generation was already in Calgary. Ann Williams, SIG Coordinator englishwelshsig@afhs.ab.ca Read More

Family Tree Maker SIG

Next Meeting: Saturday, January 6, 2018

From 10 am until noon, at the AFHS Library.  See the AFHS calendar for other details.
Merry Christmas to All! Our January meeting will be on Saturday January 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am.  We will also continue to discuss and help each other with the features of all versions of the software. See you in the New Year.
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The Legacy SIG

The AFHS Legacy Users Group will meet Saturday, March 31, at the AFHS library (712 16 Ave NW) from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Everyone is welcome to attend - longtime users, new users and people considering Legacy as their genealogy software. For more information contact:  Marion Peterson. Read More

Ontario SIG

The Ontario SIG will be meeting on Monday, February 26th, from 10 am until noon, at the AFHS library. This is an opportunity to share some of the stories about the weddings of your ancestors (3 minutes.) They can be about the places where they took place, the people who came or almost anything, but from the past. We welcome all who have ancestors in what is now Ontario. The Ontario SIG is looking for someone to help co-ordinate its meetings. If assistance comes forward, the intention is to meet informally a few times during the year. For more information or to volunteer contact: Helen Backhouse. Read More

Genealogy Computing Group Meeting

     The AFHS Genealogy Computing Group will meet on Saturday, January 13th, starting at 9:30 am at the AFHS Library. At the general meeting, we had a presentation on Cloud Computing and also on our Family Genes project for family trees.  Anyone with follow-up questions is welcome. We will be working on our family trees using the Family Genes website and the TNG tree application.  Here is your chance to get your family tree, photos and documents safely uploaded and stored on the AFHS Family Genes website.  If you have not tried this service of AFHS yet, come on down to find out how to preserve your research for the next generation.
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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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