Jul 31 2019

Celebration of Life for Barbara LaFrentz on August 11

This is just a reminder that there will be a Celebration of Life for Barb on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association Hall, 917 Centre Ave NE from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  It is a fingerfood potluck (cold only) starting at 2:00 p.m. There will be an indigenous Smudge ceremony and drumming, band and banjo player and an open mic for sharing stories.  Prepared sheets will be available to record your memories on paper to be put in a binder. A bag piper will close the event.

Barb’s “adopted son” Joseph is looking forward to seeing everyone there.  Feel free to pass this message on to others who may remember Barb and her work at AFHS.


Mabel Kiessling on behalf of Joseph

Jun 29 2019

Save the Dates for Conference 2020

AFHS will be 40 years old in May 2020! As part of the celebrations, we are planning a conference. The Calgary Holiday Inn South has been chosen as the location on October 3 & 4, 2020. Mark your calendars!

Jun 28 2019

Digital Genealogy SIG Launched

The initial meeting of the Digital Genealogy SIG was on June 8. Don Duncan began with an explanation of how this group differs from the former Genealogy Computer Group.

He then introduced Warren and Marion Peterson who guided the attendees through a demonstration and discussion of the various scanners at the AFHS Library. The enthusiastic discussion indicated the presentation offered something for everyone in the group.

On September 14, the topic will be “Using GEDCOM and other methods to transfer data between programs and websites” led by Lorna Laughton and Diane Duncan.

On November 9, the meeting will feature Gordon Lane who will present and led a discussion on “Organizing and Working with Photos.”

Jun 28 2019

Our Field Trip to the Provincial Archives

On June 12 and 13, a dozen AFHS members went on a very successful field trip to the Provincial Archives in Edmonton. We anticipate that this will become a regular activity for our members. To hear more, come to the Monthly Meeting on October 7 (the 1st Monday because of Thanksgiving) when they will share about their most exciting discoveries.

May 29 2019

Upcoming Genealogy Conferences

  1. The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa – “Family History: Past – Present – Future” from September 27-29. For information: www.bifhsgo.ca
  2. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) in Washington, DC from August 21-24. Brochures are available at the AFHS Library or visit their website: www.fgs.org
  3. The Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe – “Grow Your Family Tree”. Conference will be held in Winnipeg August 16-18. See www.sggee.org for information.