Documents & Records
Cemetery Records and Monumental Inscriptions -
Community and church cemeteries in Alberta include many Chinese burials.
There is a separate Chinese cemetery in Calgary. As of 1997, there were approximately 1048 burials in the cemetery. More information is available on the City of Calgary's Chinese Cemetery web page.
Finding the Records
At the Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver Public Library owns two CD-ROMs comprising information on burials in Southern Alberta. These may be requested at the Information Desk on Level 6:
AFHS Digital Library.
Extensive collection of cemetery records in this ten volume CD-ROM set.
Most entries on the CD-ROMs provide the information seen in the following example, although the level of detail varies:
Name on monument: Wong, Bessie Information on monument: 8 Aug 1916-28 Feb 1931 Name in cemetery record: Wong, Bessie Information in cemetery record: burial: 02031931 / Plot Owner: T. Wong Location of monument: H;09;069 Year of birth and death (if known): 1916-1931 Name of cemetery: High River - Highwood Year of transcription: 1993/1994
The Alberta Family Histories Society provides an online Cemetery Search. The database comprises information about approximately 122,000 burials in about 63 Alberta cemeteries. Details provided are basic, and include the Cemetery Name, Town, Last Name, First Name, and Dates. Further details can be purchased from the AFHS. Note that in many cases, the information available from the AFHS is available on the CD-ROMs (see above).
The Alberta Genealogical Society has a computerized Master Name Index, comprising 700,000 names. The names are mainly derived from burials in Alberta cemeteries. For a small fee, the Society will do a name search and provide a report of names found. For further details, see the Society's Master Surname Database information page.
For links to additional information regarding the availability of cemetery records corresponding to communities throughout Alberta, select one of the following listings from the Canadian Genealogical Projects Registry: