Hi there. I am one of the new bloggers for the Alberta Family Histories Society and this is my first post. I have been a member of the AFHS for a number of years. Currently I am involved with the program committee and am also involved with the Family History Coaching program at the Calgary Public Library.
I thought that, since I am new here, I would make my first post about the Society itself. This is apropos because I think that a lot of people don’t know exactly what a genealogical society does and that can be intimidating to people who are just getting started (just like your first blog post). And that is a shame, because one of the first things I suggest when I am teaching beginning genealogists is to join your local genealogical society. I know from my own experience that the amount of information you can glean from just going to the monthly meetings, listening to the presentations and mingling with the other members of the society is enormous. So, if you are interested in getting started with genealogy or if you are one of those solo genealogists, drop in to see what goes on at an Alberta Family Histories Society meeting. Our next one is on October 7. After a very brief discussion of Society business, we will have Wayne Shepheard (who is also the editor of the AFHS’s award winning publication, Chinook) and Don Evans who are going to talk about sharing family trees online which is the newest way to collaborate with others on your genealogy. This is the next frontier for many of us genealogists and it is an intriguing development in what some people perceive to be a dusty old pursuit. Check out our website for details
Another program that the AFHS has been instrumental in, and is completely in keeping with the theme of collaboration, is the Family History Coaching program at the Calgary Public Library which takes place on the last Saturday of each month from 10 to noon at the Central Library. Coaches, who are members of the AFHS, are available for individual consultation and will help you with your research. It has been a very successful program with participants asking for help with questions ranging from “Where do I start?” to “How do I retrieve military records from the Soviet Union?” The coaching program offers an opportunity for a phenomenon that I find most useful when I am confronted with a problem – I share it with as many experts as I can -just a genealogical extension of the “two heads are better than one” approach.
So, if you’re interested in what AFHS can do for you (and the Alberta in our name does not mean that we all have ancestors from Alberta, we research all areas of the globe) join us at one of our many events. We’re always glad to welcome visitors.
This is just a hint of the activities and information offered by the Alberta Family Histories Society. There is a ton more information on our website, so check it out.