FamilyRoots 2018 DNA Conference 2018

Beyond Ethnicity: Finding Family with DNA

  • Date: Monday and Tuesday, October 1-2, 2018
  • Location: River Park Church and Fort Calgary
  • Program and Registration, go to: FamilyRoots2018
Jan 01 2018

AFHS Membership Fees Are Due

January 1st is the start of a new season of Alberta Family Histories Society for 2018.

It is time to renew your society membership if you have not already done so.


Renewals can be done by:

Filling out a Membership Form with a cheque / cash.

– Mail it to our Library/Office @ 712-16thAvenue N.W. Calgary, AB T2M 0J8

– Submit it to the Membership Chair at the Monthly MeetingRenew online on our Website

You can pay using Paypal or your Credit Card.   (This is the preferred method please).


Please see AFHS 17/12/21 Notice for complete Instructions.


Please contact the Membership Chair, Jacquie McGowan at if you have any questions.

We look forward to your renewal.



Jacquie McGowan UE

Membership Chair





Dec 01 2017

Join Our Winter Writing Workshop!

Join the AFHS Life & Family History Writing Workshop this winter. This small group will provide ideas on how to write down your family stories. Previous participants have found these workshops to be not only fun, but also a great motivator to get those stories on paper!

Next group runs at the AFHS Library for 10 Tuesdays, February 13 – April 17 at 1:00 – 3:15 pm. Cost is $170 (members) or $200 (non-members).

To register email

Nov 01 2017

No Computer group meeting in Nov.

Genealogy Computing Group

No meeting in November

The next meeting would land on November 11th.  Because this is Remembrance Day, the next computing group meeting will be December 9th.  Let’s commemorate Remembrance Day, wear a poppy and hug a veteran.
Oct 31 2017

Request for new editor for Chinook

New Chinook Editor Required

It is with regret that I announce I will be resigning from the role of Editor on June 30th, 2018.

I volunteered for this role October 2015 at my very first AFHS General Meeting. Yes, it was a bold move, but I’m not disappointed I did it. The saying that you receive more than you give has certainly been true for me. I have met some wonderful people who are passionate about family history. The role of editor has allowed me to learn about topics and people that I would never have come across in my day-to-day life.

Although I will no longer be editing, I will still design and layout Chinook. This means the new editor will be able to focus entirely on the job of editing.

I won’t say this position will not take some time and effort, but I can say, it will be worth it. I don’t often quote Margaret Thacher, but her words ring true for me:

“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.

It’s not a day when you lounged around doing nothing.

It’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.”

If you feel like making a bold move that will enhance your life and lives of AFHS members, please email me at

Michele Buhler

Oct 31 2017

CHINOOK – Call for Articles

Education in a New Land

School children with teacher in front of  school in Ontario about 1900.

For most of us, education in Canada appears to have always been as it is now: children go to school at a certain age, they progress through a graded system, they are taught by qualified teachers, they are given instruction in a variety of subjects, and eventually they graduate with a diploma, certificate or degree. This, however, has not always been true. Education in this new country was full of fits and starts, controversy and conflict. Differences occurred at almost all levels from the family, the differing religious and immigrant affiliations, right up through to the governing bodies of the day. If you have a story that will expand Chinook reader’s minds, please send it our way!