Wetaskiwin Alberta Family History Centre

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Centre, a branch facility of the Family History Library.


There is no cost to visit the Wetaskiwin Family History Center or to use the computers, equipment or free premium websites. It is open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research. Whether you are just beginning or are
Wetaskiwin Family History Center. Park on street and come to the front door.
looking for a specific piece of information, please come by and let us help you with your family history!

(Please bring a USB stick if you want to copy vital information for your personal use.)

Our Centre is Fragrance Free! We have some staff and patrons who are very allergic. Please be considerate!

Center Information

Location & Map:

Address:

5410 36 Avenue
Wetaskiwin, Alberta T9A 2R6 
Canada

Phone:

  • 1-780-352-3866 (during open hours)
  • Outside of open hours, please call Lisa at 780-352-7881

 E-mail:

OPEN HOURS:

  • ***CLOSED JUNE 28 to SEPT 4***
  • Wednesday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Wednesday: 6:15pm - 8:15pm
  • Parking for the center for daytime hours is on the street at the front of the building - south side. Please use the center/main front door and knock loudly or ring buzzer or call 780-352-3866 during open hours. For evening hours, parking is also in the parking lot on the north side of the building.
  • For appointments outside of our regular hours, please call Lisa at 780-352-7881 or email ab_wetaskiwin@ldsmail.net

2018 Holiday/Closure Schedule: 

  • June 28 to September 4 - By appointment only - please call Lisa at 780-352-7881 or email ab_wetaskiwin@ldsmail.net
  • December 20 to January 8 (2019)

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

  • We are happy to give you a tour anytime! We have a computer/research room and rooms for microfilm viewing, webinars, a children's activity center and classroom.

CLASS/WEBINAR SCHEDULE

Please be FRAGRANCE FREE! Staff and patrons have severe allergies.

Webinars run at 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 6:35pm.

Class times are as indicated. Our PowerPoint/hands-on presentations are offered as indicated.

MAY 2018:

  • May 2 - What's New with The Family History Guide March 2018 -by Bob Taylor (34 min)
    • See what's new with this excellent training resource and the upcoming releases to their site – including mobile access!
  • May 9 - CLASS @ 1:30pm & 6:35pm: Sources - the Hallmark of Quality Family History
    • For class details contact Patty at 780-387-6759.
      • See below for other details.
  • May 16 - CLASS @ 10:00am & 6:35pm: Using the Search Tools on FamilySearch
    • And an intro into Affiliate sites available at the Family History Center
      • See below for other details.
  • May 23 - CLASS @ 1:30pm & 6:35pm: Ancestry
    • Join us at the Family History Centre to learn the ins and outs of using ancestry.com.
      • See below for other details.
  • May 30 - CLASS @ 1:30pm & 6:35pm: Ancestry cont...
    • see May 23 description
      • See below for other details.

JUNE 2018:

  • June 6 - CLASS @ 1:30pm: Ancestry (see May 23 for description)
  • June 6 - CLASS @ 6:35pm: Partner Sites & GEDCOMs
    • What is a Gedcom File?  What does it have to do with YOUR family history research? Bring a laptop or mobile device and come and learn the answer to these questions, and many more!
      • See below for other details.
  • June 13 - CLASS @ 1:30pm & 6:35pm: My Heritage
    • Come discover how to use My Heritage to discover your ancestors
      • See below for other details.
  • June 20 - CLASS @ 1:30pm & 6:35pm: Using FindMyPast
    • Join us at the Family History Centre as we roll up our sleeves and look for our ancestors using findmypast.com.
      • See below for other details.
  • June 27 - CLASS @ 1:30pm & 6:35pm: Stories: Using Stories, Finding Stories, Sharing Stories
    • We will learn about finding our ancestors' stories, creating them and sharing them with others.
      • See below for other details

CLASSES:

WHO: Anyone, at any skill level, who would like to refresh/learn Family History skills.

WHAT: Come to a hands-on, professional PowerPoint lesson with step-by-step handouts and lots of personal help.

WHEN: 1:30pm and 6:35pm on dates above.

WHERE: At the Wetaskiwin Family History Center.

WHY:  Because whether you are a beginner or even if you have a full working knowledge of Family History Work, there is always something new to learn!

***BRING YOUR LAPTOP (BEST) OR DEVICE IF YOU HAVE ONE!***

COME & JOIN THE LEARNING!

If you have any requests for topics for webinars, please call Lisa at 780-352-7881.

If you have any requests for topics for classes, please call Patty at 780-387-6759.


CENTRE RESOURCES

Collections

  • FamilySearch Catalog:
  • We have a number of microfilms on long term loan that can be viewed if the person that ordered them is not using them.

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives FREE access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. (See Premium websites available in the Family History Center Services Portal ) e.g. Ancestry, Findmypast, MyHeritage, etc.
    • Current list as of December 2017:
      • The 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
      • Access Newspaper Archives
      • Alexander Street Press, American Civil War
      • American Ancestors - Library Rights
      • Ancestry - Institution Versions
      • ArkivDigital
      • FamNet
      • Findmypast - Institution Version
      • Fold3
      • Geneanet
      • Kinpoint - Premium
      • MyHeritage - Library Edition
      • Paper Trail
      • ProQuest Obituary Listings
      • Puzzilla - Premium Services
      • World Vital Records
  • All our computers access the free FamilySearch database which contains many millions of names linked into families.

Hardware and Equipment

  • 6 computers (2 with free access to the premium subscription-based websites) (Please bring a USB stick so you can copy vital information for your personal use.)
  • 1 printer / scanner / copier (upload memories directly to FamilySearch FamilyTree)
  • 1 microfilm reader
  • 1 microfiche reader
  • Patrons may also use their own laptops/devices on our Wi-Fi network for personal use.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

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