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Canadian Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Article updated: 15 April 2008
By: Fawne Stratford-Devai   Biography & Archived Articles


Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths in Alberta actually pre-dates the formation of the Province. The earliest records date from 1870 when Alberta was part of the Northwest Territories (there are apparently a few records which note birth dates as early as the 1850s). The Province of Alberta as we know it today did not come into being until 1905.

Original vital records issued between 1870 and August 31, 1905 are held by the Provincial Archives. The Provincial Archives of Alberta is responsible for acquiring, preserving and making available records of enduring value created by the Government of Alberta. The Archives can be contacted as follows:

Provincial Archives of Alberta
12845 - 102 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5N 0M6
Telephone: (780) 427-1750
Fax: (780) 427-4646
Website: Front page; Genealogy section

Vital Statistics' civil registers (1870 - 1983) can be examined after reading and signing an agreement covering use. A file list organized by locality is available at the Archives. Some name indexes are also available. No photocopying is permitted. Transcripts can be provided for a small fee. The Provincial Archives of Alberta holds original vital statistics certificates issued up to and including August 31, 1905. Transcripts of historic vital records certificates can be obtained for a fee. To learn more about vital records held by the Archives and other important collections of value to family historians, check out the Archives' Genealogy Services web page at:

Religious denominations were often the first groups in a region to maintain any records. In Alberta the main groups were the Anglicans, Roman Catholics (principally the Oblate Order) and the Methodists. The Archives holds some original church records such as:

  • Anglican Church: Those records of prime interest to Alberta genealogists are parish registers showing baptisms, confirmations, marriages and burials from the Dioceses of Athabasca, Edmonton, and Mackenzie River. Records of the Diocese of Mackenzie River have many Inuit and Dene names and date back to 1859. Those from Athabasca and Edmonton date back to 1875 and 1893 respectively. The records of the Anglican Diocese of Calgary are held in the special collections Library of the University of Calgary.

  • Roman Catholic Church The Collection of the Missionary Oblates, Grandin Province (les Oblates de Marie Immaculée o.m.i.) contains records from Parishes and missions in which they served though most of central and southern Alberta. Types of records of interest to genealogists will vary from location to location, but the Liber Anima rum (Book of Souls) and the Codex Historicus, a journal kept by the Priest of the day-to-day activities of the Mission or Parish may be available. Since a significant portion of the collection is in French, a reading knowledge of the language is extremely useful. There may be access restrictions on some records, so the Oblates Archivist on the site should be consulted in advance.

  • United Church of Canada The administrative and congregational records of the Alberta and Northwest Conference of the United Church of Canada (including those of the Methodist, Congregational and some Presbyterian churches, prior to 1925) are in the Archives. Of particular interest to genealogists are the baptism, marriage and burial registers for each church. An inventory indexed by church locality is available at the Archives.

  • Lutheran Church The Alberta Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada has deposited records of congregations in Alberta which have disbanded. Certain active congregations within the Synod have also deposited records. Most congregations were established by German and Scandinavian immigrants. Their records may include information about births, baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths. Some Scandinavian registers also include information about place of origin, arrival in North America and local parish.

    For records after September 1, 1905 information can be obtained from: Vital Statistics
    Government Services, Alberta Registries
    Box 2023
    EDMONTON, Alberta T5J 4W7
    Telephone: (780) 427-7013 (recording)
    For a complete listing of Alberta Registry Agents refer to:

    When searching for information on family events in Alberta, applications for genealogical searches may be made through Registry Agents. Recorded events are births, stillbirths, marriages, deaths and legal change of names that have occurred in Alberta. When making an application, provide as much information surrounding the event as is possible. Such as:

  • Type of event being searched (birth, marriage, death, etc.)
  • full name of the person(s)
  • date of the event
  • place of the event
  • age of the individual(s) at the time of the event

  • The more information you are able to provide, the better the chance of locating a record. If the exact date of the event is unknown, give a range of dates to search as all Vital Statistics events are filed in chronological order. Alberta residents applying for a registration which occurred in Alberta must apply through a Registry Agent. Non Alberta residents applying for a registration which occurred in Alberta can be made through a Registry Agent or the Vital Statistics Office (see contact information above).

    IMPORTANT NOTE The registration of vital events in Alberta was privatized in January 1999. At that time, the government of Alberta announced that Vital Statistics services will be provided solely by private registry agents.

    ADDITIONAL LINKS & SOURCES For additional information about Alberta vital records and family history information visit the following helpful websites:
      Alberta Genweb:

      Alberta Genealogical Society:

      Archives Society of Alberta: Visit the website to learn more about the Society and use their online searchable database of thousands of collection-level descriptions of records held in Alberta's archival institutions.

      Glenbow Museum and Archives The Glenbow Archives is one of Canada's largest non-governmental repositories and a major research centre for historians, writers, students, and the media. It houses an extensive collection of unpublished archival records of individuals, families, organizations and businesses.

      Museums Alberta Includes an online directory of Alberta Museums.

      Hudson's Bay Company Archives: Founded in 1670, the Hudson's Bay Company's (HBC) chief interests for its first two centuries were the fur trade, exploration and settlement. After 1870, when its territory of Rupert's Land was incorporated into the Dominion of Canada, its interests became more varied. The area once known as Rupert's Land encompassed most of Northern Ontario and Northern Québec, all of Manitoba, most of Saskatchewan, the southern half of Alberta and a large part of the Northwest Territories.

      Alberta Family History Society - Cemetery Index: Includes index of burials in the region that surrounds Calgary and information about cemetery transcripts available from the Alberta Family History Society.

      Edmonton Parks and Recreation Municipal Cemeteries: Information and a searchable listing of those interred in municipal cemeteries serving Edmonton.

      Alberta Family Histories Society: Note: The Alberta Family Histories Society has established the Canadian Genealogical Projects Registry with many useful links for genealogy research in Canada.

    More Alberta Resources - from Global Genealogy

    [an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive] BOOK - The Western Canada Photographers List (1860-1925)
    By Glen C. Phillips
    Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2002, 2010
    An invaluable guide to help you identify the place and date when a photograph was taken. Many family history researchers have boxes of photographs, but do not know who is depicted in the photo nor when or where it was taken. This book lists individual photographers, where they worked and when. That means that if you have a photograph that includes a photographer's stamp or other identification you can easily find out when and where that picture was taken. Oftentimes that will help you to identify who is in the picture. ISBN 1-894378-56-3    More information
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    BOOK - Place Names of Alberta
    By Geographic Board of Canada
    Originally published by the Department of the Interior - Canada, 1928
    This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2006

    Place Names of Alberta includes the names of all cities, towns, villages and municipal districts, all post offices, all railway stations and the names of many of the rivers, streams, lakes and mountains as they were known in 1928. This resource is especially helpful to those who are researching Alberta families or history for the period of early setlement of the province. Many names of placs have changed in the years since 1928. Other places have ceased to exist since the printing of this record in 1928, while others have flourished to assimilate their nieghboring towns and villages. ISBN 1-894571-73-8    More information
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    BOOK - A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People
    By George Bryce
    Originally published by Canada History Company, Toronto, 1906
    This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2003 (CD 2011)

    Bryce's comprehensive history of Manitoba is invaluable for those who are interested in the history of early Manitoba in general, and the families and individuals who settled in the region before 1906 in particular. In addition to the usual settlement history that one expects from a publication from this time period, the book also provides a quantity of individual and family biographies. Several of those biographies include a portrait and an image of the signature of the person. An extensive new index that includes every instance of a personal name, plus every instance of a place name has been added to this book. Check the More information link for a list of biographies, table of contents and those names that appear in the index.
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    BOOK - Starting Out in Genealogy - Second Edition
    By Ruth Burkholder
    Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2010
    Building a family tree looks like a daunting taste to the unititiated, however it's easier than you think! Family history research is not complicated as long as you know which records are available, where to find those records, and how to organize the information that you gather. Though this guide is designed for beginners, it will also be of considerable help to those who have already started researching and recording family history, but want to improve their skills and results. ISBN 9781926797441     More Information
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    BOOK - Obituaries From Canadian Presbyterian Periodicals 1872-1896
    By Donald A. McKenzie
    Published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2016
    This new book of extracts of Presbyterian obituaries by Donald McKenzie is a natural followup to his three decades of transcribing and publishing 12 volumes of obituaries and other genealogical data from Ontario's Methodist periodicals 1830-1900. This book provides transcribed obituaries and death notices from the two main Presbyterian periodicals published in Canada: British American Presbyterian / Canada Presbyterian, published weekly in Toronto 1872-1896 and the Presbyterian Record, published monthly in Montreal 1876-1896. Obituaries are organized alphabetically by surname, plus there is an Index of other people mentioned in obituaries, and a detailed index of places mentioned. The Index of Places which occupies 27 pages at the end of this volume. Roughly 1400 place names are listed. About two-thirds of them are Canadian, and half of the rest are from Scotland, the original home of Presbyterianism. The remainder are from England, Ireland, the U.S . and some 30 other countries. ISBN 978-1-77240-047-2     More Information
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    BOOKS - Notices of Births, Marriages, Conversions, Deaths & Obituaries From Methodist Newspapers 1830-1900 [Canada]
    Compiled by Donald A. McKenzie
    Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2005-2013
    This series of 12 volumes contains transcriptions of births, marriages, conversions, deaths, and obituaries as they were published in Methodist Newspapers between 1830 and 1900. You can buy individual volumes or save by buying the entire 12 volume set. The alphabetical format [alphabetical by surname] of these volumes will enable you to quickly find any of your ancestors whose vital events were reported in the Canadian Methodist newspapers from 1830 to 1900. Many of the entries are from Ontario and Quebec, however there are a significant number of entries from coast to coast across Canada, including Newfoundland. Of note is that some volumes also contain vital events records for people of faiths other than Methodist. Mr McKenzie's detailed and informative introduction to this work provides the reader with all the information necessary to understand and use the material.
    Now available in 3 formats: printed book, CD, or PDF download!      More Information

    BOOK - The Scotch-Irish. Two Volumes in One
    By Charles A. Hanna.
    Originally published by G. P. Putnam, New York, 1902
    This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2006

    This is the basic sourcebook on the Scotch-Irish in North America, a massive compilation of source records pertaining to the Scots who settled in the north of Ireland and their descendants in North America. The Scotch-Irish left Ulster as a result of neo-mercantilist British economic policy in the region, requirements that they pay 10% of their income to the Anglican Church, ongoing friction with their Catholic Irish neighbors, and greater economic opportunity in the New World. ISBN 1-894378-92-X   
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    BOOK - The Sash Canada Wore - A Historical Geography of The Orange Order in Canada
    By Cecil J. Houston and William J. Smith
    Originally published by Universtiy of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1980
    This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 [CD 2011]

    Significant migration of Protestant Irish to Canada in the early 19th century brought with it the establishment of the Orange Order in Canada. This work explores the role of the Orange Order in the unfolding settlement geography of Canada. Protestant Irish soldiers and emigrants, largely Ulster-born, introduced the organization into New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario within the first decade of the nineteenth century. At its zenith, he movement had a membership of as many as one in three Canadians. ISBN 978-1-894378-31-4 (Hardcover Edition)    More Information
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    BOOK - The First Century of Methodism in Canada, 1775-1883. Two Volumes In One
    By J. E. Sanderson
    Originally published by William Briggs, 1908 (vol. 1) & 1910 (vol. 2)
    This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2008 (CD 2011)

    Sanderson's fine history of the early years of Methodism in Canada has served as an essential resource for more than a century. Being out of print for over one hundred years, this new edition has been pubished to provide access for today's researchers. This editon is a facsimile reprint of both of the original volumes, bound into a single book.ISBN 978-1-897446-34-8 (Hardcover)     More Information
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    BOOK - Cyclopedia of Methodism In Canada (1765 - 1880)
    By Rev. George H. Cornish
    Originally published by Methodist Book and Publishing House, Toronto, 1881
    This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2001 (CD 2009)

    Cyclopedia of Methodism In Canada contains historical, educational and statistical information regarding the Methodist Church and specific Methodist Ministers in Canada, dating from the "Beginning of the Work" (1765) in the several provinces of the Dominion of Canada and extending to the Annual Conferences of 1880. Includes information about all of those who served as ministers and circuit riders, complete with a record of where and when they served. Cornish included listings of circuits held by ministers of the Methodist Church in Canada from 1765 to 1880. Includes: Index of Names of Ministers & Probationers; Index of The Circuits and Missions; Index to Illustrations. This book is an important resource for those interested in theology, social history, history and genealogy in early Canada ISBN 1-894378-16-4 (Hardcover)     More Information
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    BOOK - Getting From Here To There, Identifying the Origins of Immigrants to Canada Revised and Expanded Edition
    By: Fawne Stratford-Devai
    Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2005
    One of the more difficult things to do in a family history research project is to identify where your original immigrant ancestor came from. Sometimes we know the country they came from, but not the specific place within that country. In order to find records in the "old-country" it is very helpful to know which town, parish, county etc that the person came from. This book identifies a long list of potential sources in Canada, where you may find that critical piece of information. ISBN 1-897210-80-9     More Information
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    BOOK - Lovell's 1873 Gazetteer of British North America
    By John Lovell and Son, Montreal, 1873
    Originally published by John Lovell and Son, Montreal, 1873
    This facsimile reprint by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1998 (CD 2010)

    This facsimile reprint of The volume contains over six thousand descriptions and historical facts about cities, towns and villages across Canada, as they were known in 1873. Also included is a listing of over fifteen hundred lakes and rivers with their location, size and general information. A table showing the railway and steamboat routes within British North America in 1873, which will assist researchers in understanding the routes that their ancestors may have migrated over. The table lists the distance that each place in British North America is to the nearest railway station or port.ISBN 0-9682524-5-1 (Hardcover)    More Information
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    BOOK - True Stories of New England Captives Carried to Canada During the Old French and Indian Wars
    By C. Alice Baker
    Originally published by E. A. Hall & Co., Cambridge, 1897
    This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2006 (CD 2010)

    This thoughtfully written book provides the reader with the gripping history of Indian attacks in Maine; New Hampshire; and Massachusetts. Events leading up to the attacks and the attacks themselves are described in considerable detail with an emphasis on how those engagements affected specific people, especially those who were captured and removed to Canada. ISBN 1-897210-98-1 (Hardcover)    More Information
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    BOOK - The Canadian Almanac of 1862
    Originally published by W. C. Chewett & Co. 1862.
    This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2003

    Many family historians value a carefully compiled almanac. Almanac's assist genealogists, historians, social historians and geographers locate information and records that affected the inhabitants of the area being researched. ISBN 1-897210-98-1     More Information

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    BOOK - Routes to Roots: A Collection of Genealogical Columns
    By Ryan Taylor
    Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1997
    A wide range of genealogical and research topics assist family historians with their quest to uncover their roots. Included is an essay describing how to effectively use libraries for family history research and how to best utilize the skills and training of professional librarians. Routes to Routes is a compilation of newspaper articles written by renowned Canadian genealogist, Ryan Taylor. During his distinguished genealogy career, Taylor was a highly respected genealogy speaker, educator, writer, radio call-in-show genealogy expert, and regular panelist on the popular television show Ancestors in the Attic (History TV). This book is an entertaining read that shares many sound research ideas from the vast experience of Mr. Taylor. ISBN 0-9682524-0-0.     More Information
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    BOOK - Canadian Records of Birth, Marriage and Death: A Guide
    By Fawne Stratford-Devai
    Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2005
    This popular guide provides a province-by-province description of where to access provincial vital records, complete with contact information including postal addresses, telephone numbers (most are toll-free), fax, email addresses and websites. The categories addressed for each province and territory include: Modern Records; Historic Records; Additional Links and Sources. Several helpful maps are included.ISBN 1894571894     More Information
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    BOOK - Canadian Family History in the 21st Century, Lessons, Links & ResourcesSecond Edition 2005
    By Fawne Stratford-Devai
    Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2005
    This newly updated and expanded second edition offers readers valuable lessons, links and recommended resources that will help you keep you family history research project on-track, saving time, effort and expense. The author is a popular genealogical lecturer, educator and author/co-author of more than 50 important genealogical and historical books. ISBN 1-897210-68-X     More Information
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    BOOK - Cracking the Code of Old Handwriting
    By Graham Jaunay
    Published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2011
    Sooner or later, family historians will come across a major obstacle in progressing their research - old handwriting can be difficult to resolve and this booklet is designed to overcome some of these problems. The problem rests on the fact that most of us unknowingly read by identifying whole words by their shape rather than looking at individual letters. When we come across unfamiliar writing, we are forced to look at the individual letters in their context. The unexpected shapes of old letters and a multitude of shortcuts in writing results in considerable difficulties for modern readers, and this booklet provides some strategies to overcome this problem. There are a number of books on this subject, but, apart from the practical advice within, a strength of this publication lies in the number of actual examples to help the researcher identify seemingly meaningless words. ISBN 9780980874624     More Information
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    BOOK - Pitfalls in Family History
    By Graham Jaunay
    Published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2012
    This booklet outlines some of the issues that throw up barriers to family history research. What is a pitfall? Look it up in a dictionary and you will find that it is defined as ... a concealed pit as trap for man or animal, an unsuspected difficulty or danger or an error into which it is easy to fall. Somewhere there may be a family historian who claims never to have encountered a pitfall in their research, but most of us, if we're honest, will admit to being bruised all over by the number of falls we've taken whilst our family trees have been growing. By reading this booklet you will be more aware of many of the pitfalls waiting to entrap you! ISBN 9781921956102     More Information
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    BOOK - DNA for Genealogists - Third Edition
    By K. Farmer
    Published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2015
    DNA testing will not replace the more familiar genealogical research techniques of gathering oral and documentary evidence and compiling family trees. Instead it offers entirely new research tools - more information to augment the documents and oral histories - as well as a way of testing family trees, to see if conclusions drawn are confirmed by this new evidence. This book shows you how you can use DNA to harness this exciting new range of genealogical tools. This publication provides a contextual understanding of DNA suitable for genealogists and discusses the currently available tests that are likely to be of interest to family historians, especially those wanting to prove (or disprove) compiled family trees, the connect 'new' relatives by means of inherited genetic material and to draw conclusions about where we fit into the greater human family. ISBN 9781925323108     More Information
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    BOOK - Organising a Family Reunion
    By Lesle Berry
    Published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2010
    Printed and bound in Canada by Inc., Milton, 2015

    From a phone conference to a week long event, a family reunion is a time to gather and share. According to Wikipedia: "A typical family reunion will assemble grandparents, great-grandparents and up for a meal, some recreation and discussion. The older attendees are generally grandparents, parents, siblings or first cousins while the youngest could be second, third or fourth cousins. It is also not uncommon for regular family reunions to be sponsored by family organizations or family associations centered on a more distant common ancestor or a commonly shared surname". That said, whether you are planning a large event or a small casual get-together, a successful family reunion requires careful planning and execution. This booklet will help you plan a successful reunion for your family, reducing your stress and resulting in a memorable reunion that your extended family will enjoy and appreciate. ISBN 978-0-980776-07-2     More Information
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    BOOK - Preserving Your Family's Oral History and Stories
    By Thomas MacEntee
    Published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2014
    Many of us got our start in tracing and preserving our family history based on a story, perhaps one you heard as a child. Fast forward to the 21st century and it seems that 'what's old is new again' with storytelling one of the hot buzz words. The fact is that oral history and storytelling involves family, and ancestry has been around ever since humans walked the earth. 'Preserving Your Family's Oral History and Stories' provides you with all the information on the latest methods and tools used to capture and preserve those family stories. In addition, once you've learned how easy it is to build a family archive of stories, you'll want to share them with others using the tips and tricks provided in this book. ISBN 9781921956386     More Information
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    BOOK - The Genealogy Do-over Workbook
    By Thomas MacEntee
    Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2016
    Back in December 2014, Thomas MacEntee made the big accouncement online saying that "Genealogy and I are parting ways. Done. Finished. Game over." While many people took that that to mean he was leaving the genealogy community or closing down his genealogy business, he then clarified what he meant by "leaving". Starting in 2015 Thomas decided to set aside his 20+ years of genealogy research aside, and started over. From scratch. If you think it's time for a genealogy makeover, or better yet a Genealogy Do-over, this workbook will take you step by step though the process he followed with his own research throughout 2015.
    ISBN 9781925323399     More Information
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    BOOK - Google: The Genealogist's Friend
    By Helen Smith
    Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2016
    Everyone knows Google as the most used search engine in the world, but for genealogists it can do so much more to further their family history research. Finding an image of the ship on which your ancestor went to war, using Street view to walk the streets of your ancestral area, translating that document, finding that distant cousin who has the photos of family bible, mapping their migration path - these are just some of the ways you can use Google in your family history.
    ISBN 9781925323450     More Information

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    BOOK - Harnessing the Facebook Generation: Ideas for Involving Young People in Family History and Heritage
    By Janet Few
    Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2016
    This edition printed and bound in Canada by Inc., Ottawa, 2016

    Despite its title, this book is not about how to set up a Facebook page, how to Tweet, or how to create a website. Instead, it is about ensuring a future for our research. It is about why we should be concerned about doing this and how we can go about making sure that our family's history is not only preserved, but enhanced when we are no longer able to be its custodian. It is about presenting our hobby in a way that is attractive to all age groups. This is a book for grown-ups who want to inspire their descendants and other young people, with a love of history and heritage. It is a thought-provoking look at how we can encourage the next generation of family historians and why we might want to do so. Suggestions cover activities, outings, toys, games, books and ways of exploiting the internet in order to motivate and enthuse young people, even toddlers.
    ISBN 9781925323320     More Information

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    BOOK - 500 Best Genealogy and Family History Tips
    By Thomas MacEntee
    Published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2014
    '500 Best Genealogy and Family History Tips' could be be described as a 'brain dump' of me, Thomas MacEntee, and my many years of knowledge about genealogy and family history. Basically what I've done is to extract my favourite tips and tricks from over 85 presentations, 10 books and numerous articles. In addition, I've reviewed the social media posts and conversations from Facebook, Twitter and other platforms to highlight those issues most important to today's genealogists. What will you find in this 'best tips' guide? Everything from practical ways to use Google, advice on protecting your privacy online, information about secret or little known resources for genealogy research and more. The best way to use this guide is to browse the table of contents to find a topic of interest. Also simply search the book when trying to find a solution to a problem, such as how to cite a source or locate an app to generate bibliographic information. ISBN 9781921956799     More Information
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    BOOK - Evernote for Family Historians
    By C. Riley
    Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2015
    Printed and bound in Canada by Inc., Milton, 2015

    Family historians have more need than most people to be organised. Evernote, an online site designed for notetaking and archiving, gives you a place where you can collect everything together, all in one place: digitised images and digital photographs; scanned documents; research notes and database printouts; PDFs and ebooks; web pages and links emails; voice recordings and family videos. Organise all of this treasure, access it quickly and easily, and synchronise it between your computers, phones and tablets. Evernote can change your life, and this book will show you how. ISBN 9781925323061     More Information
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    BOOK - 'Til Death Us Do Part: Causes of Death 1300-1948
    By J. Few
    Published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2015
    The diseases and accidents of our ancestors are an integral part of our family history, and one thing that all but our most recent ancestors have in common, is that they are dead. This booklet examines a wide variety of possible causes of death for our ancestors, describing their symptoms and prognoses. It also suggests records that may be used to provide information about how an ancestor died. You'll find a timeline is included which outlines some major British epidemics. In the absence of a definite cause of death for a particular individual, we can at least gain an impression of the major killers of their time. ISBN 9781921956461     More Information
    Softcover...12.00 (C$)

    BOOK - Family History Trippin': A Guide to Planning a Genealogy Research Trip
    By Thomas MacEntee
    Published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2014
    Weather you've been researching your family history for over 20 years or you are just getting started, there comes a time when you need a trip to assist you in your research. There are many options available to genealogists: some within the genealogy community and others in the greater travel industry that can be adapted for research trips. ISBN 9781921956362     More Information
    Softcover...15.50 (C$)

    BOOK - Pinning Your Family History
    By Thomas MacEntee
    Published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2014
    It seems that pinning sites are all the rage and are becoming more popular. Sites like Pinterest and others can let you share your family history finds with family, friends and the public. But be warned! Pinning can become an addictive way to surf the web! Besides Pinterest, sites like Google Maps, What Was There, History Pin, and allow you to share your family photos and content easily. And you never know who will find that content and how you might connect with other genealogists. Pinning in the new "cousin bait!" ISBN 9781921956379     More Information
    Softcover...14.00 (C$)

    BOOK - Guide to Wolfram|Alpha for Genealogy and Family History Research
    By Thomas MacEntee
    Published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2014
    Most genealogists and family historians these days are familiar with a variety of search engines used to locate information on the internet. The process is pretty straight forward: you enter your search terms, and you get back a list of links to relevant websites. But what if there were a search engine that allowed queries in the form of a question and, in fact, preferred that format? You could classify the resulting search engine as more of an answer engine that anything else. And what if you could take the concept one step further and have this answer engine calculate information based on set input parameters? Well such a search engine does exist: Wolfram|Alpha. What sets this computational engine apart from other search engines is the ability to pull data from websites outside of Wolfram|Alpha) that are selected for their data reliability and sources. ISBN 9781921956393     More Information
    Softcover...17.00 (C$)

    BOOK - Solving Riddles in 19th Century Photo Albums
    By Graham Jaunay
    Published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2011
    Many people mistakenly think that the photography process has been around for a very long time. This is of course untrue and indeed the pictures in your heirloom photo album are unlikely to predate the 1860s. Photographs came in many forms in the nineteenth century and this book assists the reader to identify each type, as this is an essential dating indicator. The booklet then addresses in great detail the other characteristics of photographs with examples to assist the reader in dating the item - the mount itself, the material printed on the back of the photograph, the composition of the photograph including the pose of people depicted and the clothes being worn by the people depicted. This booklet also addresses the issues related to preserving your photographs for the enjoyment of future generations. ISBN 9780980874662     More Information
    Softcover...19.00 (C$)

    BOOK - Writing and Publishing Your Family History
    By Lesle Berry
    Originally published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2010
    This edition published by Global Genealogy, Milton, 2014

    Family historians spend much time and effort researching their family lines and gathering stories, photographs and documents -- but then run into a brick wall when it comes to knowing how to put their findings into an interesting and readable family history book. It is said that everyone has one good book in them and many family historians are trying to find theirs. This guide will assist you achieve that goal. From design and publication elements to writing tips. A self-help guide to achieve your dream of writing your book. ISBN 978-1-77240-008-3     More Information
    Softcover...17.50 (C$)

    BOOK - How to Write Your Family History: A Guide to Creating, Planning, Editing and Publishing Family Stories
    By Noeline Kyle
    Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2015
    Printed and bound in Canada by Inc., Milton, 2015

    At some time as you tread the seductive, wonderful pathway of completing more and more research, you might just want to lift your head from this pile of collected data and think about how, where and in what way your will write and publish the family history. Noeline outlines strategies to get you to the desk and writing. The book will show you how to identify and choose a format for writing family stories, to understand and apply strategies to plan and create your characters, to construct chapters and apply the basics of writing/rewriting, editing, planning and publishing to produce and professional, valuable and very readable family history. ISBN 9781921956300     More Information
    Softcover...14.50 (C$)

    BOOK - Citing Historical Sources: A Manual for Family Historians
    By Noeline Kyle
    Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2013
    Noeline Kyle aims to answer the question "how do I reference the diverse range of source material encountered by the family historian?" The question has become even more complex in recent years with the increasing use of the internet and the plethora of new online sources now added to the mix. The construction of the text for a family history does require that you acknowledge your sources, adhere to copyright legislation and take note of ethical issues in your publication. This book uses a straighforward and practical format to take you through the rules and conventions of referencing and acknowledgement of the resources used in your research to provide an easy and sensible entry into this important historical task. ISBN 9781921956133     More Information
    Softcover...15.00 (C$)

    BOOK - Social Media for Family Historians - Second Edition
    By Noeline Kyle
    Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2012
    Printed and bound in Canada by Inc., Milton, 2015

    You will learn what social media is; why you would want to use it; what the risks are, and how to avoid them. Easy-to-follow guides on how to get started with Facebook and blogging - two of the most useful forms of social media - can help you take the plunge. The internet allows us to interact in ways we have never had before. We can find friends and relatives; stay in touch with them; share news, family trees, stories, photos, and videos; find useful information for our research; and be an active part of as many communities as we care to join. The websites that enable all of this are called 'social media'. This book introduces readers to websites that can help family historians to communicate, share and collaborate with other family historians and with their own families. It covers new ways to communicate such as Skype and Second Life; social networking sites such as Facebook,blogs and microblogs such as Twitter; sites for sharing photos and videos such as Flickr and YouTube; and community information sites such as wikis and social bookmarking. If you are a family historian, or if you have a family, this book is for you! ISBN 9781921956065     More Information
    Softcover...25.50 (C$)

    BOOK - Using Maps in Family History Research, Revised and Updated
    By Fawne Stratford-Devai
    Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2005
    his book provides insights into the use of maps for genealogical and historical research. The visual representation of the land and communities on a map can offer evidence in its own right. It is the task of the researcher to carefully evaluate every piece of the puzzle in order to identify and understand individuals, families, migration routes, and even settlement patterns. Examples used include Canada, USA, UK, world. Every family historian can benefit from this valuable booklet.
    ISBN 1-894378-85-1     More information
    Coil-bound......CDN$   $14.95

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