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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.

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 Stanley A. Milner Library, 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 in the Milner Library.

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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Online Resources

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