Alberta death records between 1870 and 1967 are now indexed and available online through the Alberta Provincial Archives.

Red Deer event will help people learn how to discover family history

Free genealogy workshops, instruction offered

Genealogy may be about very old information but the modern Internet is helping to make that information more and more accessible, says Central Alberta family history specialist Peter Darby.

Darby, and his wife Linda, teach classes in genealogy and help people discover their family history. Both are active members of the Red Deer Branch of the Alberta Genealogy Society, which along with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is sponsoring the Red Deer RootsTech Family History Fair on April 8.

Free genealogy workshops and instruction are available from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. that day. Local family history educators and pre-recorded speakers will be offered at the Family History Centre, which is located at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Red Deer at 3002 47th Ave.

Bit-by-bit, more and more historical information is becoming accessible through the Internet, Darby said. In what he calls a “breakthrough”, Alberta recently put indexed vital statistics — including birth, marriage and death records — online through the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

To protect the privacy of people, birth records aren’t available until 120 years after a birth, 75 years after a marriage, and 50 years after a death, Darby said.

There is a very special feeling that comes when people learn about their family history and solve family mysteries, he said. “You want to know about your family.”

Darby became interested in genealogy in 1969 when he was still in England and wanted more information about his grandmother. He never knew his father’s mother who died while his father was away fighting in the Second World War. His father couldn’t tell him when she died or where she was buried.

The last name is very common in parts of England and it took him almost 20 years to find her grave.

The upcoming Family History Fair already has about 100 registrants. Register online at

Just Posted

Relatives of murdered family critical of killers’ sentences

Open letter to sentencing judge criticizes ruling allowing killers to apply for parole in 25 years

City rolling out Green Carts

Green Carts used for organics, such as yard waste, food scraps and pet waste

New teaching standards applauded

New code of standards affecting teachers, principals and superintendents to kick in Sept. 1, 2019

Updated: Red Deer gets WHL Bantam Draft and Awards Banquet

WHL will holds its draft and awards ceremony in Red Deer for next three years

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Ottawa vows legislation allowing firms to settle corporate corruption

OTTAWA — The Canadian government is vowing to introduce legislation for corporate… Continue reading

‘Lost Tapes’ series examines Malcolm X through rare footage

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Malcolm X was reviled and adored during his lifetime… Continue reading

Woe, Canada: Germany ousts Canada 4-3

GANGNEUNG, Korea, Republic Of — Germany has knocked Canada out of the… Continue reading

Twenty years later, figure skating’s most famous backflip remains amazing (and illegal)

Figure skating involves spins, jumps, twizzles and a whole host of other… Continue reading

You don’t need to chop like a TV chef to get the job done

Standing in line at the emergency room, makeshift bandage around my finger,… Continue reading

Seychelles swaps debt for groundbreaking marine protection

CURIEUSE ISLAND, Seychelles — With deep blue waters, white sand beaches and… Continue reading

Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump endorsed stricter gun-control measures Thursday, including raising… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month