Monday, 28 March 2016

Galt Museum & Archives - Lethbridge Alberta

Overlooking dramatic views of the coulees and prairie, the Galt Museum and Archives holds records that relate to the building and settlement of this area of Southern Alberta in the late 1800s. The museum also partners with the local Kainai native Indian band to present a historical account of the First Peoples. 
Many individuals were attracted to the area by the availability of inexpensive land. Land for farming and ranching was bought up by speculators and sold to settlers from the United States, eastern Canada, as well as other European communities. It is an area that was also developed by the discovery of coal. Miners from the north of England were enticed to move here looking for a better life. Please note that the 'Crowsnest Pass' communities of Blairmore and Coleman are also well known as large mining centres.  

Here are some free online databases for this area:

Alberta Genealogical Society - The Homestead Index 1870-1930

Alberta Genealogical Society - Lethbridge & District branch

Alberta Family Histories Society - a database of workers in the Turner Valley Oilfields
over 2,000 records, taken from obituaries
Turner Valley Oilfields Death Index

As well, many public libraries in the Chinook Arch Library System hold material related to genealogical research in their specific Southern Alberta community. Often, the libraries are aware of whom in the community is well known for family history and local knowledge. 
Libraries in Southern Alberta

Personally, I know the Librarians at Lethbridge Library are very helpful. @LethLib

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