Beginning Your Family Research

Public library, shallow DOF.

Public library, shallow DOF.

Follow the steps below to kick-start your own family research or download the steps in the PDF form HERE and take your research off-line.


Step 1. Identify what you know about your family and prepare for research

Information on hand
Getting organized
Computers and the Internet
Use of charts

Step 2. Decide what you want to learn and start your research

Choosing where to begin
Interviewing your family

Step 3. Find and use offical records

Locating records
Vital records and church or parish records
Census records
Maps and gazetteers

Step 4. Evaluate the information

Truth or fiction
Continuation of the search

More Resources
  • Cemetery Database
  • Beginning Your Family Research
  • Surname Interest
  • Canadian¬†Genealogical¬†Projects Registry
  • Chinook & The Breeze¬†Archive
  • Other Calgary Libraries
  • Online Research Aids
  • AFHS Data Projects
  • Special Interest Groups
Alberta Family Histories Society