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
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.
As always, we look back with historical stories starting with an account by Sheila Genaille about “Country Wives” and John Althouse’s account of the importance of the vanishing prairie grain elevator. Harvest long ago is a feature in Wei Wong’s article on his family’s market garden and Ruby Zakariasen shares her memories of her days on the farm in the Hand Hills. Gloria Cathcart takes us back to the one-room school where she and many others began their education. Also featured are articles researching family stories in Europe, using DNA and grave markers to find family. We are proud to feature a student article by Sarah Martens in Youth Write On.
Upcoming themes for 2019:
Tell us all about your travels, your discoveries, successes and roadblocks. Submit your story and photos for publication no later than 22 September 2019. Email us at email@example.com.
2019 August 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.