Calgary Obits - research strategy
- Check the online Herald Archives if a death date is after May 3, 2002. Check
the AFHS web site to see if older burials were included in the index for
Burnsland. One of the individuals in my file is in the Cremations 1937-1979
but perhaps buried in Sask with a sister or wherever another Calgary area
brother was buried before 1954. Check city directories if a person lived in
Calgary. I have 1974 directory at home if that is any help, not sure when
the last Henderson's was produced.
Old Calgary phone books may be available for reference if a household had a
A researcher who goes to a large cemetery will need a grave location and a
map. Many graves are unmarked and some at Union in Calgary are very hard to
find. Be prepared to trim grass that partially covers flat markers and have
an assistant to hold branches out of the way of markers close to trees.
Found the markers for Mr & Mrs. Luck on the first visit to Burnsland, took
better pictures on the second visit and then left their dates at home and
couldn't check the newspaper microfilms for the obits on the third research
Library books by Mary Kearns Trace list inscriptions at Union, helpful if a
marker was readable when the book was prepared in 1986. Saw the books at
downtown library, don't know if there are copies at AFHS or FHC where local
meetings are held. Glenbow Library currently has better copies of some of
the early directories than the public library.
M. W. who died around 1950 in the Calgary area is not listed in Calgary
burials. My next step is to check and see if his name was recorded as W. M.
instead and listed with Morrison as a surname. No descendants to ask and the
living descendants of cousins do not remember him after 1940s when he was in
a nursing home. The family history notes may be the only record of his life.
Need to check the online 1901 census for the homestead area in Saskatchewan.
Anyone can phone the cemetery office 221-3660 to ask about a burial date in
Calgary, then the obit is most likely to be in the newspaper a day or two
earlier. Found a tiny newspaper Death announcement for a man in 1911 even
though there is no record of his burial at Union under a variety of surname
spellings. Next step is to contact the Union cemetery in Ontario where the
widow of the 1911 man was buried. He wasn't listed in Calgary directories so
the only record of his two years in Calgary is the faint obit from the
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bev Rayburn"
> I was asked by a lady in California but she did not have any dates, she
> thought it might have been in the last couple of years. I will see if she
> can narrow it down but she does not have a lot of information on this