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Discover the story of your past and the value of knowing where you came from.

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Learn how to perform accurate and thorough genealogical research.

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Connect with the AFHS community for research support and mentorship opportunities.

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Engage with the Calgary and area community and inspire others to discover their roots.

Welcome to

Alberta Family Histories

Alberta Family Histories Society (AFHS) welcomes anyone interested in genealogy and family history! If you are particularly interested in the Calgary and southern Alberta region, we have substantial resources you’ll find nowhere else (not even on the Internet!). Beyond that, we can help you research your roots in Canada and many parts of the world.

Have you hit a brick wall in your research, or want to meet other like-minded people? For more than 40 years, we have been helping people like you grow their family trees and discover the stories of their roots. Our library in northwest Calgary is open to the public. Come find out more from our welcoming volunteers!

Meet With Us

AFHS offers wonderful opportunities to meet and connect if you are in the Calgary area.

Society Meetings

Join us for genealogy learning and sharing at our Society meetings.

Special Interest Groups

Our small group sessions, known as SIGs, are one of our greatest features.

Upcoming Events

Find out what is happening on this list of events.


Discover all the resources AFHS offers to help you find and document your family history.

Routes to Roots

Your one stop shop to search Cemeteries, Family Trees, Newspaper Notice BMD, and Military records .


Our newsletter and previous journals are a treasure chest of informative articles.

Research Assistance

Need help with your Calgary and area research? Our team is eager to assist.

Notice Board

OUR NEXT SOCIETY MEETINGMonday, September 9 at 7 pm (hybrid from Bow Cliff Seniors Centre)

“Mind the Gap – Finding the Missing Child” presented by Grant Sikstrom. For details, see our website calendar. Guests are welcome!


Join us for an -in person conference on Saturday, October 5, 2024!

Hotel Blackfoot in Calgary

Speakers: Gord McBean & Kendra Gaede

4 Sessions, Lunch & Digital Syllabus

For details and to register, see our conference webpage.

Links & Suggestions

Look here for recommendations for the best sources for Calgary and area records.

Volunteer Opportunities

AFHS could not manage without dedicated volunteers. Find out how you can share your talents.

Member’s Place

A go-to place for members only – links, documents, photos and more.


AFHS aims to inform members about what is happening both locally and in the wider genealogy world.

Alberta Ancestors

Our new cemetery database website features over 220,000 names and almost 160,000 photos from more than 200 cemeteries in Calgary and southern Alberta!

  • Search for burial location and information about a specific person on our Persons page
  • Discover information about specific cemeteries on our Cemeteries page
  • Find data and insights about Alberta’s cemeteries on our Insights page
  • Learn about notable people and Alberta pioneers on our Stories page

Why Join AFHS

I’ve always been curious about my family. Who were they? Where did they come from? What were they like? AFHS offers a wealth of opportunities to discover the answers at the library, the monthly meetings, SIG groups, and of course, from the people!
-Michele Buhler