Online Books and Library Catalogs

We just finished teaching a series of Genealogy classes at the Innisfail Library.  We had a really nice group of people – we hope they enjoyed the classes as much as we did!

On the final night we were talking about books online – both digital and ones available through libraries.  We learned how to use the Alberta Heritage Digitization Project – thanks to our class!  We shared some sites we used and Peter just couldn’t remember a site he wanted to share!  He has remembered now!

Here are some notes and links from that class:

Try the digital book collection at  – go to the books tab on the front page.  This is a growing collection and now has over 40 000 books on various aspects of Family History, so check back often.  The catalog of the Family History Library is also available at

Also try google books – not as simple to use – watch for what is free and what is being sold!  There are some very helpful things here for genealogists!

The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project at is a useful resource.  Particularly check on the sections on: Local Histories, and Early Alberta Newspapers.

Check the library catalog of your local library for genealogy resources.  This would be Parkland Regional Library for most of Central Alberta and Red Deer Public Library for the City of Red Deer

Still not finding what you are looking for?  Then try The Alberta Library (TAL) online

Yet another useful resource is your local archives.  Red Deer Archives and and the Alberta Provincial Archives

Post secondary institutions usually have excellent collections, so try Red Deer College library , University of Calgary library, and University of Alberta library

Finally you could do one search at WorldCat and search many libraries in Alberta.  WorldCat includes the University of Calgary, University of Alberta, Red Deer College and many other libraries in Alberta!

What is WorldCat? WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information.

“ lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.”  Currently this is over 10000 libraries!

Much more could be said on this topic!  Use the Comments link on this site to add your suggestions.

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