Sunday, September 02, 2018

Encouraging Younger Family Historians....

Two recent issues of The Alberta Genealogical Society journal, "Relatively Speaking", feature family histories, research and stories by young people. Congratulations to them and to the Society for sponsoring this work.

We all talk about encouraging younger genealogists. Some of us, of course, were young when we started! If a Society had been eager to publish my research when I was quite young, I'd have been thrilled, I'm sure. And I'd likely have taken out a membership, if available.

The Alberta Genealogical Society's Canada 150 Genealogy for Youth Project was funded by a Canada 150 grant "to introduce Genealogy and Family History to 150 Alberta youth in 2017" in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary. In the end, over 500 young people participated and 424 received a project completion certificate! Quite an achievement.

Topics for the published articles range from family homes and recipes to military history - WW II RCAF, and the US Civil War, to family memorabilia - paintings, jewellery, even a piano.

The articles are surname indexed and Relatively Speaking is indexed in PERSI too.

John Althouse, a member of the Edmonton Branch of the AGS and author of several books on genealogy for youth, spearheaded the project with the Youth Co-ordinators in the 10 AGS branches.

See the Genealogy for Youth section on the AGS website (link below) to learn more about the Society's project and additional resources.


Relatively Speaking, Alberta Genealogical Society, Volume 46, Numbers 1 and 2 (February and May 2018). I did read these at the BC Genealogical Society Library in Surrey.

Genealogy for Youth section, Alberta Genealogical Society website:

PERSI, The Periodical Source Index, at

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