Sharing stories to inspire connection
Relatively Speaking is the quarterly Journal of the Alberta Genealogical Society whose purpose is to support the goals of the Society by providing:
- a regular, attractive, high-quality periodical for our members
- articles of genealogical and/or historical interest
- genealogical articles written by youth
- information on family history, genealogy resources, methodology, research tips and collaborative events
- timely information regarding major AGS events and Conferences
Stories featured in our February 2023 Relatively Speaking
We all know that AGS has wonderful volunteers because of the thousands of hours of service to AGS logged each year but, numerous Alberta communities are now also learning about some of them. Nine of our members have been presented with Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medals for their Outstanding service to their local communities and organizations. We congratulate them on this recognition of their community service.
- individual family history stories
- youth family history research stories
- genealogical research methodology and tips
- sources of genealogical information
- upcoming major Society events – Genfair and Conference
- awards recognizing AGS work and accomplishments
- recognition of members achievements as volunteers
- services, resources and benefits available to members
- upcoming themes
May - Alberta Rodeo / Round-up / Pow-wow, Country Fair, Local Agricultural Pioneer
Was your family (you, grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts etc.) involved in the local Rodeo or Round-up or Pow-wow? Participant, fan, crew, prizes, favorite events, dances, food, branding, cattle drives etc. Local Fairs, Local Pioneer
Deadline - April 15, 2023
August - School Days
What was your parents, grandparents, your school like? One-room school, multi-grades, rode horseback, drove a buggy, no plumbing, recess games, Christmas concert, track and field days, dormitory experiences, team sports, memorable teachers.
Deadline - June 15, 2023
November - DNA / RESEARCH / BRICK WALLS
Have you had your DNA analysed? Any surprising results? What have you done with the new information about your family? Did you discover any First nations or Metis heritage? Were you able to discover any information about those family members ? Any new siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins? Any surprises? Brick walls? What have you learned about the use of DNA to uncover the identity of “unknown soldiers,” or the children who are buried at Residential Schools. Deadline - September 15, 2023
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- we prioritise those from our members and youth.
- A style guide is available which will assist authors as to size, images, content and references.
- We encourage authors whose work supports our Mission Statement, includes sources of their data and their conclusions
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Stories from Relatively Speaking Journal
Each year for the past several centuries, February 14th has been a meaningful date. The significance? Valentine s Day of course! A special day to remember those we love and admire.
In Edmonton’s river valley an antique ‘penny farthing’ is kept in the city’s Artifacts Centre and identified by Accession No. 67-505-191. The owner of this bicycle was John Madison Payzant; he was a direct descendant of...
Because of their interest in family history, many genealogists inherit a large collection of family photographs (along with the unenviable chore of identifying and dating them). If, however, you aren’t fortunate enough to have access to...
My dad and his siblings firmly believed that the Millions family came to Canada from Grimsby in England, a fishing port in south Humberside, on the North Sea. Oral history indicated that the Millions were fishermen.