Monday, 7 November 2016

St. Albert AB 150 Family Stories

St. Albert is a city of 60,000+, located north-west of Edmonton. Founded in 1861 by Father Lacombe, and originally a Métis community, the city is planning a number of events to celebrate the 150th birthday of Canada. St. Albert History This was announced in the April issue of the St. Albert Gazette.

  Canada150 is a nation wide 
  celebration of Canada's 150th
  birthday. Many communities
  across the country are
  celebrating in unique ways. 
  This is a list of the community
  events taking place: 

The events: Collecting 150 stories from city residents about their histories and hopes for the the future, whether that is by oral histories (interviews) or in video or print. These will be shared online once they have been compiled. A very popular community block party will be held for the entire city. A public art project is being planned to 'celebrate the past, present and future of Canada'. You will be able to follow as the art is being created and the final artwork will be unveiled at the arts festival in 2017.

Lastly, and perhaps of interest to historians, is the newspaper's plan to publish a story about one element of St. Albert that is 150 years old on the last Wednesday of each month until July 2017. These articles, written by Kevin Ma highlight various historical figures as well as significant landmarks. Here is a list so far.

July 27 A Bridge to the Past

August 31  A city's roots are through it's farms

September 28 The Law comes to St. Albert

October 26 Moving through time

November 30  The builder of peace : Lacombe's trials in the west still resonate today, say historians

St. Albert Genealogy related links:

A Storied Past: Recollections of St. Albert - This program will use personal stories to preserve the histories of St. Albert.

Alberta Genealogical Society - Edmonton Branch - direct enquiries regarding St. Alberta genealogical research to the Edmonton Branch

Musee Heritage - Archives and Library  - This archive has a Métis Genealogy database - a very unique contribution by Elizabeth Macpherson, a previous assistant curator. Their website states it is only available in the archives. I am very pleased that they also support Gail Morin’s work on Métis Families, which covers all of North America. My personal research was certainly enhanced by accessing Gail's work!

St Albert Public Library Genealogy Club - a very active genealogy club which meets once a month at the public library, ask the 'Genealogy Genies' for help!

St. Albert + Sturgeon County GenWeb site - this website has some information on Ukranian genealogy research

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