Calgary 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.

The Calgary Alberta Family History Centre is dedicated to providing education and support for the Family History community in the Calgary area.  Our staff of about 30 volunteers are here to help you in your research. 

Canadian Goose, Calgary Alberta, Canada


  • Language: English
  • Location & Map

Address: 2021-17th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2T 0G2

  • Location on Map
  • We are located on the lower level of the Calgary Alberta Stake Centre.  The entrance to the Centre is on 19A Street S.W.  Please park in the lot directly east of the Centre.  Press the Black Button beside the double doors on the east side of the building to ring the front desk.  A staff member will answer and admit you.

Phone: (403) 571-3700

Hours of Operations

Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


  • Our Centre is  Fragrance Free due to some of our staff and patrons are allergic.
  • No food or drinks are allowed.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied and monitored by an adult.


  • Director: Sheila Penner
  • Assistant Director: Valerie LeBaron
  • High Council Advisor: Larry Penner
  • Patron Services: Carol Hutchinson
  • Technical Services: Janice Cushman
  • Treasurer: Brien Cushman
  • Staff Trainer: Frances Swendsen


Community Classes

Please come "FRAGRANCE FREE" to all of our Community Classes

Staff Training Meetings

  • Please come "FRAGRANCE FREE" to all of our Staff Training Meetings
  1. Staff Trainings are on the 2nd Thursday – please mark your calendars.
  2. Community Classes are on the 4th Thursday – please mark your calendars.
  3. It is important that you attend as many of these trainings and classes as you can.
  4. The more that you learn, the better prepared you will be to assist our patrons.

Staff Training Challenge

 CFHC Summer Discovery Club

CFHC Staff members: Make this a summer of discovery.

Each week choose a Question and/or an Activity to complete and then fill in the calendar on the following pages (if you don't already have a calender get one at the CFHC) . At our staff training meetings in the fall come and we’ll share something that we have learned.

Questions - Choose a question for which you don’t know the answer and fill in the attached calendar.

Most important is to record how to find the answer so you will be able to find it again.

(If you need help with some of these questions or activities, see what you can find out through

the FamilySearch Help Center or the Research Wiki or ask a fellow staff member)

1. When do Vital Records begin in Ontario?

2. How do I find an Irish birth civil registration? Record the film number one would need to order for the birth registration of James Robinson, born 10 March 1905 in County Armagh, Ireland. Include the volume and page number and Quarter. (Clue: The answer is not film number 101070. That is the index film which will tell you the volume, page and quarter.) Record the steps needed to find the actual registration.

3. How do I order a film?

4. Where do I go to find the new policy, as of this Feb 2012, relating to getting permission before doing temple work?

5. Where can I go to find pre-civil registration records in Scotland? Record three places to find these.

6. In British Free BMD’s how do you find a birth registration?

7. Where in the CFHC can you find a blank Family Group Sheet or Pedigree Chart?

8. What is the British Parish Locator. Where is it? How do I use it?

9. On new.FamilySearch how do I remove (delete) an individual that does not belong to my family if I did not contribute the information? Find a Knowledge Document for this situation and record the document number and how you found it.

10. If you have a Knowledge Document number and want to know what it says, how do you bring it up?

11. What are two sites where you can find Border Crossings between Canada and the US? Record how to navigate in these sites to get to the Border Crossings.

12. LDS Family History Suite #2. Where is it and what can you find there?

13. What kinds of things do you find at the Godfrey Memorial Library subscription site (free at the FHC)

Activities -Do the activity and record something you learned and where you found it.

1. Watch a research course video from the Learn Tab on FamilySearch. There are hundreds of videos that range from 5 minutes to an hour in length.

2. Watch to a Roots Tech 2012 Video: Scroll down and choose from19 great videos.

3. Do a batch of Indexing.

4. Read Elder Darby’s monthly blog

5. Record something you learned from What’s New on FamilySearch

6. Register for access to FS Family Tree and record where to go to do that.

7. Using FastStone Capture. Copy and Caption and Save an image to a flash drive. (If you don’t have a flash drive, know how to help a patron to do this.) If you wish, copy the FastStone Capture tool to your flash drive and also to your home computer for your personal use.

8. On

    - find Hans Dietrich in the Manti Cemetery in Utah.

    - find James C Cahoon in the Cardston, AB Cemetery.

    - try to find one of your own ancestors on this site.

9. Google: Peel’s Prairie Provinces. In the Henderson Directories for Calgary in 1912 find Thomas D Smith, living at 313 11 Ave W in the Street Index which begins on page 197. Then find him again in the Alphabetical Index which begins on Page 325. What are the two page numbers where Thomas D Smith is found?

10. Read an article from the Research Wiki. E.g. “Principles of Family History Research” or “Preserving Photographs and Documents” or “Creating a Personal Journal” or read an article relating to the locality you are researching. There are over 67,000 articles to choose from.

11. Do an activity of your choice so that you will learn something new.



  • Family History Library Catalog. Microfilms from the Family History Library Catalog can be ordered online from home and can be viewed at this centre.
  • Our Family History Centre has an extensive collection of research materials, including:

  • Ontario Vital Records Indexes
  • Birth 1869 - 1912
  • Marriage 1869 - 1927
  • Death 1869 - 1937
  • Ontario Marriage Registrations 1869 - 1914
  • Ontario Early Marriage Registers
  • Ontario Land Record Indexes (fiche)
  • Nova Scotia B/M/D Indexes 1864 - 1877
  • Quebec Marriage Index (Loiselle, Rivest, Drouin)
  • Quebec Family Index (Jette, Tanguay)
  • Alberta Homestead Record Index
  • Southern Alberta Cemetery Records

  • England/Wales Civil Registration Indexes
  • Birth 1837 - 1960
  • Marriage 1837 - 1960, 1972, 1973
  • Death 1837 - 1976, 1980, 1983
  • England - Boyd's Marriage Index 1800 - 1837
  • England Probate Indexes 1383 - 1858
  • England/Wales National Burial Index 1538 - 2010
  • Ireland Civil Registration Indexes
  • Birth 1864 - 1921
  • Marriage 1845 - 1921
  • Death 1864 - 1921
  • Eire / N. Ireland B/M/D Indexes 1922 - 1958
  • Ireland Marriage License Index 1629 - 1864
  • Ireland Index to Griffith's Valuation 1848 - 1864
  • Scotland Civil Registration Indexes
  • Birth 1855 - 1932
  • Marriage 1855 - 1925
  • Death 1855 - 1955
  • Scotland Old Parochial Register (O.P.R.)

  • Hamburg Direct and Indirect Passenger Lists
  • St. Petersburg - Lutheran Church Records 1833 - 1885

  • LDS
  • Crossing the Ocean Index 1840 - 1885, 1889 - 1925
  • Crossing the Plains Index 1847 - 1869
  • LDS European Card Index 1840 - 1925
  • Alberta Temple Records 1923 - 1949

Databases & Software

In our Centre we have Free Access to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

  • Alexander Street Press – The American Civil War
  • Research Database
  • Letters and Diaries
  • Images, Photographs, Posters & Ephemera
  • Find My Past
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  • The Genealogist
  • Genline FamilyFinder
  • Godfrey Memorial Library
  • Heritage Quest Online
  • Historic Map Works Library Edition
  • Paper Trail
  • World Vital Records

Hardware  and Equipment

  • 8 Computer Workstations with Printer access
  • 9 Microfilm Readers (45 mm)
  • 4 Microfilm Readers (16 mm)
  • 2 Microfilm/Microfiche Reader/Printers
  • 4 Microfiche Readers
  • Digital Imaging System
  • Photo Copier


Staff Research Specialties

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  • Alberta Family Histories Society
Address: 712 – 16 Avenue NW  (Calgary)
Phone # 403 - 214 - 1447
  • Glenbow Museum
Address: 130 – 9 Avenue SE (Calgary)
Phone # 403 - 268 - 4100
  • Calgary Public Library - Main Branch
Address: 616 Macleod Trail SE  (Calgary)
Phone # 403 - 260 - 2600
  • University of Calgary Library (MacKimmie Library)
Address: 2500 University Drive NW  (Calgary)
Phone # 403 - 220 - 8895


Here are some websites that might be of interest to you.

  • Automated Genealogy (Canadian Census 1851, 1901, 1906, 1911)

  • Library & Archives Canada

  • Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid

  • Canada's Local Histories Online

  • Find the graves of your ancestors


  • Cyndi’s List


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