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Article Published September 2, 2003

Family History Makes An Important Leap Forward in Calgary (Canada)
By Bill Campbell, Alberta Family Histories Society -

Without a doubt, family history (genealogy) is the fastest-growing adult pastime on this continent - perhaps on the planet.

We can find our ancestors with so much less effort now that libraries, archives and government vital records are being made readily available. And, all of this is aided enormously by the internet, as a worldwide communication highway.

The ALBERTA FAMILY HISTORIES SOCIETY (AFHS) is about to re-open its newly-expanded Calgary library to meet the needs of this growing community. An Open House, to view the new library, is planned for Saturday September 6th (from 10 to 3), at 712 16th Ave NW, Calgary. The library currently holds over 9000 publications of worldwide origin.

This significant event will be recognized by a ribbon cutting at 11 am with Senator Lorna Milne officiating. Senator Milne, Honorary Chairman of the Ontario Genealogical Society, is herself an enthusiastic family historian. She has recently been of enormous help to Canadian genealogy. At a time when so many people across the nation are growing in awareness of their cultural heritage and are seeking to 'meet' their ancestors, the federal government has recently chosen to arbitrarily conceal Census records. Census information is an enormously important research tool in finding past generations. Senator Milne sees this concealment as contrary to public need. She is championing the cause, in Ottawa, for the release of the 1911, and all future, Canada Census records ( after the traditional 92 year quarantine).

Senator Milne has come to Calgary to speak at the first Fall meeting of the AFHS, on Monday September 8th. All those in the community interested in pursuing their family history are most welcome . The meeting begins at 7:15 pm at First Christian Reformed Church (formerly, Southminster United Church), 3818 14A Street SW. The Senator will speak on the issues surrounding release of Census records and the perceived conflict with the Privacy Act.

The new AFHS library will now be located in the same building as The Genealogy Bureau. This consolidation of the AFHS library and the Genealogy Bureau will provide those involved in researching their 'roots' with one easily accessible location where they may find answers to their questions.

For further information call (403)214-1447 or visit the AFHS Website at
    Contact Bill Campbell at 254-2293 or email

    Alberta Family Histories Society
    712 16th Avenue, NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2M 0J8

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