Nov 29 2019

TV Show Hoping To Help Find Canada’s Lost War Stories

The following came to the AFHS by email last week.  If you want more information, please contact Ciara directly.

From Ciara McGinnity

… As I mentioned, I am reaching out because the production company I work for, Lark Productions, is currently developing an historical documentary similar to WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, but for the descendants of soldiers, who fought for Canada, as part of The World Wars. The concept is that each episode will follow two stories of descendants on a journey to uncover their lost family war stories – using museums, archives and the help of historians around the globe.

Perhaps your society has been approached by someone who wants to retrace their ancestor’s steps in WWI / WWII, but not had the time or means to investigate, or someone who has recently discovered some information that could uncover their family’s role in Canada’s wartime, but don’t know where to start? Or someone who has tried all of this but hit a brick wall? Maybe we could help answer their questions.

It would be great if you could give us a shout out at your next meeting or in your newsletter, or both! Or if you know of anyone personally or any other organizations that may be interested, please feel free to forward along my email or pass along my details (below). We want to represent a cross-section of Canada’s war stories and would love to include some Albertan pieces of history.

Please let me know if I can send along any more information at this point. We are in the early stages of developing the program and I am eager to start speaking with people ASAP who would like to know more or share their story with me, on a confidential research call.

I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully some fellow Albertans!

Ciara McGinnity | Researcher
Lark Productions

601-211 East Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC  V6A 1Z6
604-646-4100 EXT. 108

Nov 19 2019

GenFair 2020

Alberta Genealogical Society will be holding GenFair 2020 on April 25, 2020 at Wetaskiwin, Alberta. For information visit the GenFair website.

Oct 21 2019

DNA: Integrated Tools

AFHS received the following announcement from Family History Fanatics:

DNA: Integrated Tools is designed for the intermediate genetic genealogist (or the beginner that wants to push themselves some more). The workshop will cover various aspects of clustering matches and how to use this information with other tools to identify the relationship of unknown matches. This online eWorkshop will be held the evenings of Dec 5th, Dec 12th, and Dec 19th. Participants will learn how to integrate tools from various DNA websites to further their genealogy research.  Six hours of interactive instruction for the early bird price is $24.99 through November 18th and $29.99 thereafter. More details and registration can be found at: //

Sep 30 2019


Introduction to IrfanView – A free photo-editing tool

Would you like to learn about a free photo-editing software that can do typical genealogy tasks? Warren Peterson will describe how to install and use IrfanView to crop, extract headshots, adjust colour, sharpen details and improve the legibility of the scanned text in digital images.

DATE:   Saturday, May 30, 2020

TIME:   10:00 a.m.

COST:   Free for AFHS members

PLACE:  Via Zoom Meeting

Space is limited!

Contact no later than May 28 to register.

Sep 28 2019

We’re Looking for Your Stories

Amber Godfrey, our Chinook Arch editor, is looking for stories for upcoming issues. Each month, we have reserved one page for members to share their tales, so please contact Amber if you would like to contribute. Submissions should be about 400 words plus one photograph. The upcoming themes are War and Peace (November) and Holiday Gatherings (December).  Amber can be contacted at

Alberta Family Histories Society