Genealogical Society has over 700,000 names on computer. These names
are mainly from burials in Alberta cemeteries, compiled from grave
marker inscriptions and any records that have been located. This name
list represents only a little over half the cemeteries in Alberta that
have so far been recorded. The list does not include the major
cemeteries in Edmonton and Calgary, which have a reasonably complete
card file system. Some of these names have been compiled from births,
marriages and deaths in newspapers, or certain local history books. And
a few of these cemeteries are actually just across the border on the
Saskatchewan side, or in the Peace River Block of British Columbia.
For $2.00 per page
plus postage, the Society will do a computer name search and print a
report of names found. This will generate a report of up to seven names
per page and includes any data that may be in the file such as the
person's name, birth and died date, age, name of cemetery or other
source, nearest town, plot number at the cemetery and any remarks
copied from the marker or records that may be of a genealogical nature.
See AGS Research Services for details.
The researcher must
be aware that there may be errors in the spelling of the names and the
dates in this file. Many of the grave markers have deteriorated and are
difficult to read. Some of the hand-written records are also difficult
to read. Sometimes the name in the records has a slightly different
spelling than that on the grave marker. In most cases the spelling on
the grave marker is considered to be correct, as that is presumed to
have been given by the next of kin.
When asking to search
for a surname such as Smith or Clark, one should know that this could
result in printing a lot of pages and be costly. If you should ask for
John Smith, you will find there are about 100 listed. Then if the name
was actually John William Smith but the name was erroneously entered as
William Smith you would also find about 100 listed. Better to come to
the library and do the actual searching for these common surnames
oneself. The library staff will take about 2 minutes to show you how to
do the search. You can then mark the names you want printed, and pay
the $2.00 per page.
cemeteries are also available for purchase. Enquiries may be made about
cemeteries that have been published and what the cost may be. See AGS Publications for details.
More names are
continually being added to this Master Name Index, so if you don't find
the person or the cemetery you are looking for, please try again later.
Alberta Genealogical Society
#162, 14315 - 118 Avenue
T5L 4S6 Canada
Hours of Operation:
see Library page