Monday, 20 March 2017

Historical Vital Statistics in Alberta



Vital Statistics Alberta

For years, the question has been asked:
"When is Alberta going to get historical vital statistics online?"

The time is now! 
The Provincial Archives of Alberta has digitized vital statistics indexes and or registers and are now available online.

Under current legislation, registration documents are available publicly regarding:
Births: 1897 and prior
Marriages: 1942 and prior
Deaths: 1966 and prior 
Stillbirths: 1942 and prior

Registers are now available online for you to view at the Provincial Archives of Alberta website http://provincialarchives.alberta.ca/
under "How To" then "Find Birth Marriage and Death Records"

Words of Advice
➦ Many of the older registers are alphabetical by the first letter, then alphabetical by the first vowel.
For example: 
                    Brown would be found under "Bo"
                    Smith would be found under "Si"
There are a few exception. I found "Be" surnames in the "Bo" section. Human error, it happened then, it happens now, it will always happen. 

Information about the registers
➦Prior to 1917, letters were used in place of the year


YEAR 
CODE
up to
II / III
1898
A
1899
B
1900
C
1901
D
1902
E
1903
F
1904
G
1905
H
1906
J
1907
K
1908
L
1909
M
1910
N
1911
O
1912
P
1913
Q
1914
R
1915
S
1916
T

Once you find the registration you are looking for, write down the following information (you will need it later):
  • Registration Number
  • Event type
  • Year
  • Surname, Given name
  • Place
In some registers, there is a column for year born and beside it 'pr". The year born column speaks for itself. The province born column uses numbers to represent province/country born. 

I share with you what I learned from other genealogists over the last 15 years:

Canada
01-PEI
02-NS
03-NB
04-PQ
05-ON
06-MN
07-SK
08-AB
09-BC
10-Yukon
11-NWT

21 - England
41 - USA
24 - Scotland
25 - Wales
56 - Denmark
58 - Finland
69 - Austria or Ukraine
71 - Bukovina
73 - Scandinavia

Over time, when people share what they know the list above can become more complete. I encourage you to contact me and share your findings of what the other numbers stand for. alberta.research2@gmail.com

➦be patient, wait for the files to load, they are HUGE files. 

➦If you used "ctrl f" to find surnames on the PDF forms and no result was found, review the names line by line. Always be diligent about reviewing forms manually to ensure a complete search has been done. OCR is good but not always reliable.

Remember that information you wrote down? Now you are ready to order the registration document by clicking on the "Vital Stats request form" button.

Cost per photocopy: 35¢ 
Seriously, 35¢ !!!
Have it mailed to you 
$3.00 (in Canada) 
$6.00 (outside of Canada)

It's a great day for genealogists! Alberta vital statistics for genealogical purposes online. Wonderful!!

I don't know about you, but I will be busy for the next little while.
~Shannon













Monday, 27 June 2016

Follow up to Genealogy in the Park held June 10-11, 2016 Sherwood Park AB

It was our pleasure to host Pat Ryan at our 2nd Genealogy in the Park event. 
Pat is one of the absolute best presenters we know and also a very dear friend. 


Organizing Your Paper Files held Friday was well attended. Pat put the participants right to work, as you can see!
Saturday's presentations - interactive, informative, entertaining!


Claudine represented the AGS, brought a variety of books to sell

                                                               
                                               Jason of Shop The Hound



Kim, Shannon, Tammy and Kelley. Special thanks to Kim and Kelley who took care of welcoming the attendees, manning the registration table, set up and clean up



Our sincerest thanks to: 

Pat Ryan ...an awesome and innovating presenter
http://patryangenealogy.blogspot.ca/

Provincial Archives of Alberta – smart phone stands, travellers bandaids, pencils, post-its, etc. http://culture.alberta.ca/paa/

Shop the Hound - Jason   http://www.shopthehound.com/

Alberta Genealogical Society - Claudine N. 

Lou T. – providing audio equipment, set up and management

Chris - Park AV Rentals  http://www.parkavrentals.com/

Todd - muffins and squares – his contact information is in the programme…… Book him soon.

Winn - gluten free banana bread, orange loaf and cupcakes ...YUM!

John A. projector contribution

Denise D.  Photography

Family Tree Trackers & Camrose Branch group members - registration, hall set up and take down 

and to all who attended! 
Thank you!
Shannon & Tammy

Monday, 30 May 2016

Genealogy in the Park Update



Still space and time to register! 

You don't want to miss this awesome genealogy event! 
For more information, see tabs "Pat Ryan in Sherwood Park June 10-11, 2016 and "Registration" above to download your registration form.

See you there!


Sunday, 6 March 2016

Announcing the 2nd Genealogy in the Park Event


Tammy and I are proud to present Pat Ryan at our 2nd Genealogy in the Park event being held June 10 & 11th, 2016.

See tabs "Pat Ryan in Sherwood Park June 10-11,2016" and "Registration" above for more information,

Register early as space is limited.

This is sure to be an exciting event!

See you there!

Friday, 29 January 2016

Provincial Archives of Alberta ~ Family History Day ~ February 15, 2016

Family History Day - Monday February 15, 2016

The Provincial Archives of Alberta is one awesome resource for genealogists.  Whether you have visited previously, or not at all, you will want to be sure to attend the facility on Family Day.

One must pre-Register to take part in:
     Behind the Scenes Tours
     Genealogy Resources in the Reading Room
     Navigating Genealogy Websites (presented by Shannon)

See poster for more details.....
Register early! Space is limited and fills up very quickly!




Sunday, 24 January 2016

Get to know Pat Ryan

Genealogy in the Park is so very pleased that Pat Ryan will be providing 4 awesome presentations for us on June 11th in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

Olive Tree Genealogy posted a wonderful interview with Pat, which I am certain you will enjoy reading and getting to know Pat while doing it.
You may also experience some 'me too' moments.
Enjoy!

http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.ca/2016/01/introducing-patricia-ryan-canadian.html


Monday, 18 January 2016

Genealogy in the Park Presents Pat Ryan ! June 11, 2016

Happy New Year everybody! 

Mark your calendars and save the date! 


Genealogy in the Park Presents

Pat Ryan 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sherwood Park, Alberta
           


BIO
Ms. Pat Ryan is a first generation Canadian whose father was born in Scotland, and mother born in the USA. She has completed the Saskatchewan Genealogy Society’s Certification Courses; is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists; and a founding member of the College of Certified Saskatchewan Genealogists as well as holding memberships in numerous genealogy societies around the world. Pat’s style is humorous, informative, and engaging. She will ‘involve’ you in her workshops which she has presented from Whitehorse Yukon, across Canada, and all the way to Scotland. She also teaches classes online, and in Regina, so you can participate no matter where you live! Pat offers sound, practical advice that will leave you energized and knowing what to do! Visit her at www.patryangenealogy.blogspot.com.  



Stay tuned for more information coming soon!