May 30 2018

Calgary Woman’s Show

The Woman’s Show gave us great exposure with quite a few interested people stopping by.

Congratulations to the winner of the Draw for a free 1-year membership G. Yarn.

May 30 2018

Library Donations and Materials For Sale

Our library gratefully accepts donations of materials that meet our criteria. Our policy for donations can be found here: Library Donations Policy 8 Aug 2017

Come check out the items for sale in our basement and purchase some summer reading material! The most recent donation included lots of older journals about Lincolnshire, England. If this is an area you are researching, check the box on the table.

For more information, contact

May 29 2018

AFHS Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our Society.

We just couldn’t manage without all the dedicated people we have doing everything from running the library to setting up new members to organizing audio/visual equipment at meetings. We have a lot of fun working together and enjoy each other’s company.

Positions Available:

Director – Facilities

We are urgently seeking a volunteer to be our Director of Facilities, and this position must be filled in order to complete our Board. Warren has done a lot of the legwork – the library lease is signed, we have a space for our General Meetings in the fall, the computers and equipment are being maintained, the insurance has been paid and the maintenance at the library is up-to-date. If you could help us out, please contact

Editor – Chinook

Do you have content ideas for our journal? No one has stepped forward to be the editor of our quarterly journal Chinook. Michele is willing to help with the layout. You would set the themes and collect the content. For more details, contact Michele

Social Media Manager

We are currently looking for someone to help manage the Society’s social media accounts. The required weekly time commitment wouldn’t be more than an hour a week and you would be helping us greatly! If you are interested, please contact

Editor – Windsock

Currently our e-newsletter is being generated by content placed on our website. We would prefer to have an editor to make the content more attractive and interesting. It is distributed using Mail Chimp. For more information, contact

Society Photographer

Do you like to take photos? A volunteer to take photos for our website and our Society archives would be greatly appreciated. Contact Marion

May 29 2018

Italian Canadian Archives Project (ICAP) – Conference & Bus Tour

ICAP is holding a conference in Calgary on August 24-25 which might be of interest to AFHS members. The theme is Italian-Canadian Experiences: Today’s Strengths and Risks. There is no fee for the conference; there will be a charge for an optional banquet. There is also a pre-conference bus tour being offered (deadline for registration June 10). For information see their website

May 05 2018

FamilyRoots DNA 2018

FamilyRoots 2018

Beyond Ethnicity: Finding Family with DNA

Featuring: Blaine Bettinger, DNA Expert and Lesley Anderson,

You’ve probably seen the ads showing the excitement of using DNA to discover your ethnicity. This is just part of what the test results can uncover! Are you curious about how genetic DNA can be used to find ancestors or living relatives? Or maybe you have done a test and want confidence using this somewhat daunting tool for genealogy.

Alberta Family Histories Society is hosting two events featuring DNA expert, Blaine Bettinger, and Ancestry Canada’s representative, Lesley Anderson.


FREE Presentation at River Park Church

Monday, October 1, 2018
Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Presentations 7:00 to 9:30 pm
River Park Church, 3818 14A Street SW, Calgary

Lesley Anderson: Ancestry Online Trees
Blaine Bettinger: Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry

Register Now for FREE Monday DNA Presentation

Location of River Park Church


Lectures and Lunch at Fort Calgary – SOLD OUT

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Officer’s Mess Hall, Fort Calgary, 750 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, T2G 5E1

Presentations by Blaine Bettinger, DNA Expert

Advanced 3rd Party Tools
Using Autosomal DNA for 18th & 19th-Century Mysteries

Presentation by Lesley Anderson,

Secrets and Shenanigans: How AncestryDNA Solved an Unexpected Mystery

Buffet lunch included – soups, salads and sandwiches (Catered by Fort Calgary)

AFHS Members – $52 (plus GST and fees)
Non-Members – $62 (plus GST and fees) (Membership information available here.)

Location of Fort Calgary



Blaine Bettinger

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in NewsweekNew ScientistWired, and others. He is the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the world’s first genetic genealogy workbook.
Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is or has been an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at Excelsior College, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine is a graduate of ProGen Study Group 21, a trustee for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and a board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists.


Lesley Anderson


Lesley Anderson has worked for for over 10 years as their Canadian Spokesperson and has done numerous presentations for genealogy societies and conferences across Canada as well as TV and radio appearances.

She has been involved in the personal research of her family tree for over 45 years and her passion for genealogy has branched out to genetic genealogy, teaching classes, speaking at seminars and conferences, consulting and doing research for others. Most recently she organized a group of 30 on a research and sightseeing trip to Ireland. For years she was well known for her computer and genealogy classes offered through the Ottawa Catholic Board Continuing Ed and her “field trips” to various archives and libraries.

She was the Director of Education for BIFHSGO (British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa) for many years and volunteered at the Ottawa Stake LDS Family History Center where she gets great enjoyment out of helping new and experienced genealogists with their research.


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