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.


Many Thanks to Our Sponsors


Feb 27 2018

Transportation Coordination

It has been pointed out that some Members, for various reasons, would benefit from having Transportation to meetings in order to participate more.

If you need a ride, or could offer a ride within your area, please contact me with your area (ex. Beltline, Canyon Meadows, Strathcona) and I will match people according to location.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Jan 12 2018

Kelowna Conference in September

“Harvest Your Family Tree” Conference

SAVE THE DATE!! Friday, Sept. 28 – Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, Kelowna, BC

The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society announces:

“Harvest Your Family Tree” Conference 2018

Exciting Speakers, Genealogical Marketplace, One-on-One Consultations,

Friday Reception, Lots of Great Door prizes, Raffles, Lots of Fun & Lots of Information

Stay tuned for more information coming in early 2018!

Get the scoop on all the conference news by joining our conference mailing list.



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