Relatively Speaking represents one of the major benefits of membership in the Alberta Genealogical Society!
I was delighted to receive my electronic version of RS and promptly proceeded to read most of it on my tablet. Please pass my compliments on to your editorial board for a very informative, entertaining journal.
—Jean, Grande Prairie
As a member of AGS, ... I am so impressed with the latest issue of Relatively Speaking. It is a page turner, hard to put down.
Each issue of Relatively Speaking includes informative and entertaining articles concerning individual family history stories as well as advice on sources of genealogical information and methods of research. Summaries of the titles of past articles along with lists of contents for issues can be found on the website. Simply click on the year of interest to the left and then select Summary of Feature Articles for the particular issue.
A selection of some of the more notable stories published over its 40-year history can be found under Stories on the website.
RS Mission Statement
The journal’s purpose is to support the objectives of the Alberta Genealogical Society by providing for our readers with:
Publication & Delivery
The journal is published quarterly in February, May, August and November. The publication is currently delivered in print form and by electronic means. Beginning in late 2016, Relatively Speaking was delivered to all AGS members in digital format (PDF); and, those specifically subscribing to the print edition received copies in both formats. Members still have an option. AGS Members may read the current and the last four years of the digitized RS on the Members Area pages of the website.
Submissions are welcome from anyone interested in family history. A style guide for authors can be found here that offers advice and assistance as to size, accompanying images, references and subject matter. We especially encourage articles appropriate to our Mission Statement, in particular those that demonstrate how writers arrived at their conclusions and that show the sources of their data. Contact the Editor for more information on how to get your story published.
During the cold winter it is heart-warming to read stories of success and of love. We lead off this issue with the report of a successful collaborative event with the Société généalogique du Nord-Ouest (SGNO) and AGS. John Chalmers has written a love story about his parents “To Dorothy, With Love.” We have a story of heroic efforts to save family from a wildfire by Halli Lilburn. Then we learn of the devastating effects on families of the Spanish Flu in Alberta and Ontario in in stories by Marilyn Wales and Dave Rolls. Denise Daubert tells us about the early days in Edmonton for her grandmother and aunts who worked as domestics. February is Black History Month and John Althouse has a detailed account of the black immigration to northern Alberta early in the 1900s. In Part 2 of Pamela Cooke’s search for her Grandfather, we get some answers to her questions. Betty Padfield tells us about the genealogical answers she got on her trip to Ireland.
Upcoming themes for 2020:
Tell us all about your travels, your discoveries, successes and roadblocks. Submit your story and photos for publication no later than the deadline's mentioned above. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 February Issue
Summary of Contents
Sometime ago, a renovation crew was preparing to do some work on an old house in Wetaskiwin. During their groundwork they found an old photo album in the attic. In fact, a crew member is the son of a Wetaskiwin member. Find out what happened to the album.
All of the past issues of Relatively Speaking from 1973 to the present have been fully digitized and available for viewing and downloading from our Digital Library. The issues are available to acquire in PDF format and are keyword searchable.