Special Interest Groups

You can’t be an expert on everything. There are lots of experts in this Society, and the Special Interest Groups help you connect with the experts. There is just so much knowledge within the groups!
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Looking for small group help with your family research? Alberta Family Histories Society offers several Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These meetings are opportunities to meet with members with a shared interest in an aspect of the hobby, whether a specific software application, a geographic area of origin or technology. To contact a Special Interest Group leader, please send a message to

Our SIGs are currently meeting via Zoom due to COVID-19. Upcoming meetings with topic information, if known, can be found on our events page or online calendar.

Celtic Special Interest Group

The Celtic SIG is for anyone with Scottish and/or Irish ancestry.

Meetings: Fourth Saturday of each month (except December, July & August) at 10 am via Zoom

Digital Genealogy Special Interest Group

The Digital Genealogy SIG is the technology Special Interest Group for the Society. The meetings start with a beginner session for members wanting answers to the basics of computers, software and the world wide web. Everyone shares their know-how and experiences. The second half usually features a presentation on contemporary genealogy topics.

Meetings: Second Saturday of each month (except July & August) at 10 am via Zoom

This group is looking for a new leader. Please contact us if you are interested in taking on this role.  

DNA Special Interest Group

The DNA SIG meets to collaborate and discuss our experiences in the rapidly growing area of genetic genealogy. We cover topics such as: types of DNA tests (yDNA, mtDNA, autosomal DNA, XDNA), how to choose a testing company, DNA books, blogs and webinars of interest, how to use third party tools such as GEDmatch and DNA Painter, and how to use DNA testing to solve a genealogy problem. A monthly newsletter called the Thermometer is sent out prior to each meeting. 

Meetings: Third Sunday of each month except July and August at 1:30 pm via Zoom

English/Welsh Special Interest Group

The English/Welsh SIG is for anyone with English and/or Welsh ancestry (remembering that since 1536 England & Wales have had the same laws, been taxed on the same things and so follow the same research paths). Anyone with English or Welsh ancestry in their family tree is welcome to come and meet other genealogists with similar interests. Our group offers expertise in English genealogy, small group discussion and individual help with specific problems.

Meetings: Third Saturday of each month (except June, July & August) at 10 am via Zoom

Family Genes Group

This group, which meets occasionally, is for those participating in the Family Genes project. Members use TNG (The Next Generation) software to create online family projects.

Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group

If you are interested in using Family Tree Maker software and wish to talk to other users, join us on the first Saturday of each month (except July & August) at 10 am via Zoom. We look at the new version and the older ones and try to find tricks and features that are useful. No question is unimportant; many heads should be able to find the answer.

Meetings: First Saturday of each month (except July & August) at 10:00 am via Zoom

Legacy Special Interest Group

Are you using Legacy Family Tree software for genealogy? Looking for a program to use and want to find out more about Legacy? From basics to slightly more advanced functions, a different topic is demonstrated at each meeting. Bring your questions, and we’ll try to answer them. We meet about 4 or 5 times a year, usually on Sunday afternoons.

Meetings: Please check the calendar for the next meeting date and time. Meetings are held via Zoom.

Ontario Special Interest Group

If you are interested in Ontario genealogy research, come and join us! Meet other genealogists with similar interests, connect with those with expertise in Ontario research, join in small group discussions, find out about new resources, get help with your Ontario brick walls and learn about the extensive collection of Ontario resources found at the AFHS library.

Meetings: Every other month on the fourth Monday (except July, August and December) at 1:30 pm via Zoom