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Re: Alberta Birth Death and Marriages

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  • Louise Calderbank
    Land Title records can be a good source of information to help build the family history story and establish when and where a family was living with more exact
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 21, 2009
      Land Title records can be a good source of information to help build the family history story and establish when and where a family was living with more exact dates than provided by say the Henderson Directory entries. Not too expensive and some of the records are accessible online. This had worked for me in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
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      From: E.Rodier
      Sent: Friday, April 03, 2009 12:16 PM
      Subject: Re: Alberta Birth Death and Marriages

      Hi Leslie,
      There is a local history tab as well as the newspaper tab at this link. Families that stayed in a community or maintained connections contributed family stories to the local history books published around 1967 or later. I often used this web site while working on 1906 census for Alberta. Family names might be spelled a different way in every census so it helps to know the location of a farm or residence. Uncle Al never lived in Airdrie but his birth was registered there in 1918. Family lived on a farm about ten miles west at the time.
      Researchers can contact a specific church or school to ask about history books. One of the Presbyterian churches has a newly published 1905-2005 history of church staff and families that isn't currently listed in the local history room of the downtown Calgary Public Library.
      Well worth looking in old (online) newspapers if the researcher has a date for any early Alberta birth, marriage or death. I found small notices for many relatives and their friends around 1906-1914. Also learned about the funeral arrangements for the mother of a former Calgary mayor. Family researchers using cemetery records assumed she died in Ontario but she lived in Calgary several years at the end of life and appeared in one or two census households with her son's family.
      In the same family, there was a worn sandstone marker at Union Cemetery for three children who died in the 1880s, probably moved from the earlier cemetery. See http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dsucha/unionhist.html for cemetery history. Death date for one infant seemed to be different on the father's tombstone in another section of the cemetery. Death notice from the Calgary Herald solved the mystery when the death registrations were uncertain.
      Newspaper online archives for recent obits start May 3, 2002 -- link near the bottom of the screen.
      No development or change to our old Junior High School left vacant several years. Some of the items were still in the museum near Mr. Kennedy's room the last time a former student asked.  -- Elizabeth Rodier aka Alice
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      Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 10:30 PM
      Subject: Alberta Birth Death and Marriages

      As the facilitator of the Canadian group with the British Columbia Genealogical Society, I am preparing a talk for your fellow researchers who now live in B.C.  Being a Calgarian and having several pioneer ancestors in Alberta, I have been pretty successful finding data for my own family, but would very much welcome any hints you might have on researching Alberta ancestor BMDs beyond the obvious contacts to the Ministry, Archives, the AFHS and its website, the Edmonton group, Alberta Digital Archives etc., all the obvious associations in Calgary and Edmonton with research capacity who I will recommend anyway, as they did some great research for me.  It appears that most of the audience here are not novice researchers, so I am looking for "extra hints" on BMDs.
      Beyond the obvious sources, do any of you have any hints? some stories? to share on successes re: researching specific churches, records or any databases that I may have overlooked or might not have been on my radar?  I know less about Northern Alberta. 
      Thanks so much in advance and, just so you know, I am very serious about crediting my sources! 
      Leslie Grauer
      Facilitator, Canadian Group
      British Columbia Genealogical Society
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