Genealogy in Edmonton

Want a blast from the past? Get started tracing your family tree with vital records, census records and passenger and immigration records.

Trace Your Family Tree

EPL’s Tracing your Family Tree brochure can help you search for your family’s vital records, census records, and passenger and immigration records.

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Ancestry Library

Provides access to hundreds of millions of fully searchable individual records contained in thousands of databases. In-library use only.

Edmonton Obituaries

Search our index to locate the date on which an obituary was published. Our index covers 1950 - 1982

Genealogy Reference Sources at EPL

A Guide to the Stanley A. Milner Library Collection. This invaluable guidebook to our genealogy collection is available for you to borrow.

EPL's Heritage Collection

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Located at our Enterprise Square (Downtown) Branch, EPL's print Heritage Collection is a collection of almost 10,000 titles focused on the history and development of Edmonton and northern Alberta.

Most of the materials in the Heritage Collection are available to borrow and can be requested at your local branch. The Early Edmonton city directories and some items that may be too fragile are not circulated and must be viewed at Enterprise Square.

You’ll find a wide range of genealogical materials for researching family roots and local histories.

Our collection includes:

  • Family histories and the histories of northern Albertan ethnic groups
  • Business histories and histories of local organizations
  • Histories of northern Albertan schools, churches, and communities
  • Early Edmonton city directories
  • Guidebooks, vital and census records, passenger lists, and historical gazetteers
  • Works relating to immigration, settlement, pioneer life, politics, and government
  • Programs of performances and festivals

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EPL's Genealogical Maps Collection

Online Resources

Genealogy - Online Resources

Ancestry Library

Provides access to hundreds of millions of fully searchable individual records contained in thousands of databases. In-library use only.

Indigenous Peoples of North America

A collection of newspapers, manuscripts, photographs, maps, periodicals, monographs, reports, organizational records, and census records.

British Literary Manuscripts Online

British Literary Manuscripts Online presents facsimile images of literary manuscripts from approximately 1120 to 1900.

Globe & Mail: Canada's Historical Newspaper 1844 to 2012

Search and then read from the scanned pages of every issue of the Globe & Mail from May 1844 to December 2012.

HeritageQuest Online

Genealogical resource for United States and North American research. Includes complete U.S. census from 1790 to 1930.

Early Arabic Printed Books

Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library. It is is a searchable archive of early Arabic printed books.

Chatham House Online Archive

Chatham House Online Archive provides close to ninety years of analysis and commentary on international policy.
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