Apr 22 2020

AFHS Board Meeting 7:00 to 9:00 pm via Zoom meeting

Feb 01 2020


Our annual picnic has been cancelled for this year.

Family Roots 2020 has been cancelled!

Follow Your Ancestors’ Footsteps

October 3 – 4, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta



Contact familyroots@afhs.ab.ca for additional information.

Jan 27 2020

Chinook Arch

This will be the last Windsock edition for the near future.  Our sister publication, Chinook Arch, which also goes out to you monthly, carries all the news you need.  Read about meetings, library hours, members stories and a lot more.  Thanks for your readership.  When we have special events, such as the Annual General Meeting and conferences, Windsock will be back.


Dec 31 2019

Welcome to 2020

The AFHS Board wishes Good Cheer and a Happy New Year to all of our members.  Despite the dreadful 2019 and the depressing economic news each week, your Society continues to serve the needs of the genealogy society and to stay healthy.

Please come in to the library and chat with our tireless volunteers.  You may have a lot in common and can share some research tips.  The several SIGs are back for another year, with all sorts of topics to discuss.  Don’t forget the monthly general society meeting to catch up with other members and to enjoy the great talks.

We have a terrific conference coming up in the fall, so visit the website information on FamilyRoots 2020 for more details.

Good luck with your personal research and we shall see you at our gatherings.

Jim Benedict


“Genealogy: a hay stack full of needles.  It’s the threads I need.”


Dec 06 2019

Retrieving Irish 1922 records destroyed in fire

An attempt to recreate Ireland’s archives destroyed in a fire in June 1922 has been successful to a “greater extent than ever previously imagined,” the historian behind the project has said.

Two days into the Civil War, a massive explosion destroyed the Public Records Office attached to Dublin’s Four Courts and with it hundreds of years of documented history.

The census records for the whole of the 19th century going back to the first in 1821 were incinerated. Chancery records, detailing British rule in Ireland going back to the 14th century and grants of land by the crown, were also destroyed along with thousands of wills and title deeds.

The records of various chief secretaries to Ireland and centuries of Church of Ireland parish registers vanished in the fire.

The list of documents which were stored in the office’s record treasury departments are contained in a single manuscript which is 300 pages long and dates back seven centuries.

Beyond 2022 director Dr Peter Crooks said the scale of copies and duplicates identified in other archives already is “astounding”.  “We are committed to producing 50 million words of searchable material by 2022 and that is possible with the artificial intelligence we are using,” he said.

Also read: Retrieving of Irish archive lost in 1922 fire.

Alberta Family Histories Society