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 AFHS monthly meeting is on June 10 at 7 pm.Topic: “The Value of Oral Traditions” by Roy Bear Chief of the Siksika Nation. Roy will share how oral traditions help Indigenous families stay connected and how family stories can help us know who we are.

      We are also holding our annual Volunteer Appreciation Night. Join us as we honour those who donate their time and talents to our Society.


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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.
Next meeting is Saturday, May 25th at 10 am until noon.  Discussion on using the new Ancestry DNA tools to find your families. 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: Check the calendar for the meeting dates and times. We do not meet in 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
April 9
May 14 TBA
June 4 TBA
July no meeting
August no meeting
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English/Welsh SIG

When: The English/Welsh SIG next meeting is on Saturday, September 21 from 10 am until noon at the AFHS library.
Ann Williams, SIG Coordinator englishwelshsig@afhs.ab.ca
Date Program
Sept. 21 TBA
Oct. 19 TBA
Nov. 16 TBA
Dec. 21 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.
Are you new to Genealogy? Been working on your tree for a while? Not sure which software to use. Join us and see the if this program is what you are looking for. All are welcome to join us. 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, usually on Sunday afternoons. Where: AFHS Library at 712 - 16th Avenue NW
We will next meet on Sunday, May 5 from 1:30 pm to 3 pm at the AFHS Library. The topic will be Media. Marion and Diane will demonstrate how to add pictures, documents, videos, sound files and Internet links using the Media Gallery. 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
Sunday, May 5 1:30 to 3:00 pm  Media
Starts again in September TBA
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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.
The Ontario SIG next meets Monday, May 27th from 10 am to noon at the AFHS library. The topic will be "Social Media",  an informal sharing of suggestions on how and when to use it, success's and disappointments. The meeting is open to all. 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 27 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 Mapping in TNG
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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