AGS Library Research Centre
The Alberta Genealogical Society and the AGS Edmonton Branch have a library catalog combining their holdings conveniently at one location. The library features over 5,000 books on family and local histories, "how-to" books, periodicals, topographical and historical maps, family history files, microform, CDs, etc.
Location and contact
- #162, 14315 - 118 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5L 4S6
- Phone - 780-424-4429
- Covid Protocols are: Masks and hand sanitizer are recommended while in the library.
AGS Office and Edmonton Branch Library Hours
- Tuesday - Thursday and 3rd Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm
- Members are Free
- Non-Members $10.00/day for Daily Use Fee
- See our Calendar for holiday closures.
Essentials about our Catalog
- Charles D. Denney Research Papers, which include over 1200 family history files with connections to the Selkirk settlers, fur-traders and Métis families of early Western Canada.
- People and place binders: clippings relating mainly to Alberta people and places
- Edmonton Journal newspaper clippings, 1972‒1983, featuring birth, marriage, death and special announcements
- Birth, Marriage and Death (BMD) Card index. Information extracted from registrations for Alberta District, NWT, 1870‒1905. Originals are held at the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA). Information used to publish Alberta: Index to Registrations of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1870 to 1905
Local history books relay the history of a community through stories about the people, businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations that built and inhabited that community. These stories, often recounted by the early settlers and their descendants, can be invaluable sources of information for family history researchers, providing ‘meat on the bones’ adding interest and flavour to a family history.
To determine which Alberta History you need
- Download the Alberta Histories in PDF › . . . this file lists books by title and place name. (180pp)
- Download the History of the Project in PDF ›
Other Local History Resources
ourroots.ca | ourfutureourpast.ca . . . . This collection is temporarily inaccessible while the University of Calgary migrates this content to a new platform. Visit their new website here › to check if your book has been added to the new collection.
The research centre has four-computers, microfilm and fiche readers, and photocopy services available. There is an assortment of genealogical subscriptions and databases for the public to use: Ancestry.com, Find My Past, Genealogy Quebec, the Alberta Homestead Index, AGS Surname Database and Relatively Speaking Digital Library.
- AGS Members are entitled to borrow materials from the AGS Library
- Members may borrow up to 10 items: books and/or periodicals for four weeks
- Overdue fees are $1.00 per week per item
- Due to the cost of mailing and insurance, library staff are unable to mail out local history books
- Contact the AGS Library Chair with your request if you are seeking information from a local history book. Cost: a fee of $5.00 plus 50⊄ per page, plus mailing
Beyond AGS’s incredible content, friendly library volunteers are there to help you find whatever you need at any of our ten Branches throughout Alberta.
For further information see AGS Branches ›